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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.


The Mount Macdonald Tunnel

The Mount MacDonald Tunnel was built between 1984 and 1988 and was part of the $600 million Rogers Pass project. It marked the largest expansion of capacity since the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed in the early 1880s. It is located in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia and was built by CPR to supplement […]

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Reading Viaduct and City Branch Tunnel

Built and owned by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, the Reading Viaduct and City Branch Tunnel were constructed in order to remove street level crossings. [1] Both rails carried trains into the centre of the city. The viaduct carried passenger trains while the tunnel carried freight. Together, the 3.5 mile-long rails traverse 55 city blocks.[2] […]

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The High Line

In 1847, New York City authorized street level rails to be installed and used to ship freight in Manhattan’s lower west side. With the number of accidents between trains and other traffic rising with the population, the city decided something needed to be done. In 1929, the tracks were elevated as part of the west […]

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Railway Stations Protection Act

The Act is a federal Act of Parliament that is designed to protect railway stations. The stations must be owned by a railway under federal charter and be over 50 years old. The bill was enacted in 1988 in response to the threat of many stations with demolition. Following the Second World War, passenger ridership […]

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Pacific 231

Arthur Honegger was born on March 10, 1892, in Le Havre, France, and died on November 27, 1955, in Paris. He composed Pacific 231 between March and December 1923. It was premiered May 8, 1924, at the Paris Opéra, with Serge Koussevitzky conducting. Honegger was a rail enthusiast, who, in 1923, wrote a one movement […]

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Polar Express

The Polar Express, a film produced in 2004 and directed by Robert Zemeckis, popularized an understanding of the role and romance of passenger trains in transportation history amongst a new audience of children across North America and beyond. It was based on a book of the same name written by Chris Van Allsburg. This animated […]

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Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas® is a fun-filled event that offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with a life-size Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends® series. The event also features the opportunity for visitors to meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day full of Thomas-themed […]

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Pierre Berton

In addition to being a well-know television personality (Close-Up, 1957-63, Front Page Challenge, 1957-95, the Pierre Berton Show, 1962-73), Pierre Berton had a fascination with Canadian Rail History, and was the author of The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881 (1970), The Last Spike: The Great Railway, 1881-1885 (1972), The Impossible Railway: The Building of […]

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Ontario Northland Railway

Later to be developed than many other Canadian railway lines, the Ontario Northland was created through an act of the Ontario Legislative Assembly on March 17, 1902 as the Temiskaming and Northern Ontario Railway. The goals in the development of this line by Premier George Ross’ government were to encourage settlement and access to mineral […]

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CN & VIA Cavalier

Canadian National operated an overnight train between Montreal and Toronto, consisting usually of two sleeping cars, including a day niter car and four coaches. There was also a snack bar and lounge.[i] This train facilitated morning business meetings, allowing a same day return. One of the sleeping cars carried on to Port Huron, Michigan, as […]

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