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The North America Railway Hall of Fame is the main part of the cultural space at the Canada Southern Station. Built in 1871–1873, the Station has been a prominent landmark of the city of St. Thomas for over a century.


John Harold Becker

John Becker’s career with the Michigan Central and later New York Central Railroad, is typical of how someone, raised in a railroad family in a small railroad community, rose in the corporation and relocated to several communities in the course of his career. Like many of his generation, rail service was interrupted by World War […]

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BX Tower

During the Canada Southern Railway’s early years, switches were placed along the rail line and operated manually from small huts. This method soon proved dangerous for the growing railway industry in St. Thomas. On July 15, 1887, the worst railway accident in the history of St. Thomas occurred. A northbound London & Port Stanley Railway […]

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Transformation of the Michigan Central Roundhouse London

The Michigan Central Roundhouse, built in 1887, as part of the Michigan Central repair facilities, has been brought back to life as the headquarters for two digital companies, Ellipsis Digital and Engine SevenFour. The roundhouse was part of a complex of three railroad buildings, and was designed by architect Samuel Peters. It was in use […]

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John Wilson Murray

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1840, John Murray had a long and varied career, first in the United States navy between 1857 and the Civil War. He had an avid curiosity and investigative talent that led him to work with the Erie, Pennsylvania police department and the Pennsylvania Central Railroad. Officers of the Canada Southern […]

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Komoka Railway Museum

The Komoka Railway Museum was incorporated in 1980 to provide displays, restoration and storage of artefacts as they relate to the history and development of the area around Komoka, with particular emphasis on the influence of the railroads. To accomplish this, the Museum acquired the former CN rail station at Komoka in 1978 and moved […]

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Selwyn Dewdney’s Mural at Elector-Motive Division

Selwyn Dewdney (1909-1979) was a London based artist responsible for a number of murals. One of these was painted for the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors at its plant on Oxford Street in London. With the closure of this facility, the mural was donated to Museum London in 2012. The mural depicts scenes from Canadian […]

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Bloomingdale Trail

The Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company laid tracks for Bloomingdale Line in 1873 on Bloomingdale Avenue on the northwest side of Chicago.[1] As the population of the city grew the rails became a danger to residents. In 1893, the city mandated that all tracks be elevated to reduce accidents. Passenger and freight service continued to […]

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Edgar Berryman

Canadian architect Edgar Berryman was born in 1839. He advertised himself as an architect, civil engineer, surveyor and landscape gardener.[1] He typically designed buildings in the Italianate, Gothic and French Renaissance styles. Berryman was active in St. Catherines, Ontario from 1863 until he was appointed company architect for the Canada Southern Railway in1871 for whom […]

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Stratford as a Railway Centre

It was the railway that made Stratford. Two lines — The Buffalo, Brantford and Goderich (later the Buffalo and Lake Huron) Railway and the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) — arrived in Stratford in 1856, the beginning of its history as a railway hub. Engineers, brakemen and conductors began to relocate to Stratford. Thirteen years later […]

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Hot Metal Bridge

The 1174 foot long truss bridge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania crosses the Monongahela River and consists of two parallel spans on a single set of piers.[1]   The Monongahela Connecting Railroad Bridge (MCR Bridge), built in 1887, and the Hot Metal Bridge, built in 1900, are separate spans but often go by one name: the Hot […]

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