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Charles at beeton 1999

Charles at Beeton, Ont. end-of-steel 1999. Andrea Percy photo.

11 port mcnicoll cpr 1965 ap

Port McNicoll CPR 1965, Al Paterson photo.

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More of Carl Riff's railway history diaries continue to arrive as Carl goes through his extensive archive, so keep checking back.
Recently added to Prototype Modelling Ontario "Hall of Fame": Trevor Marshall's and Pierre Oliver's "Peterboro Project".   
Recently added: Ralph Beaumont - an essay on railway post cards, courtesy of the Bytown Railway Society.
Under construction: New pages: A Gallery of Ontario railway stations. Rod Clarke's TG&B and T&N Diaries, and  Postage Stamps (Railway Topical)  
In the works: A Railway History, Grey & Bruce Counties.

Hiram Walker's Railroad - The Lake Erie & Detroit River Railway
- by David R. P. Guay. For more information and to order, go to What's New in Publications

Rails across the River - A History of the Rail Car Ferry Service on the St. Lawrence River Between Prescott, Ontario & Ogdensburg New York 
- by Ted Rafuse. For more information and to order, go to What's New in Publications 

Rails Over the Mountains, Rails Across the Prairies, Rails to the Atlantic
- by Ron Brown. For more information and to order, go to What's New in Publications at the Dundurn Press.

Heckman's Canadian Pacific - A Photographic Journey 
-  by Ralph Beaumont. Click here for Details, or go to What's New in Publications.

Bytown Railway Society Publications
2016 Trackside Guide. Click here to order.

Hamilton's Other Railway (C.R.H.A. Book Award Winner 2002)
Yes, you can still get a copy!☺. Click here to order.

Preservation Project News and Updates

The GTR Burlington Freeman (Ont.) station has been placed on a new foundation, and is now being restored. For more information, go to The Friends of the Freeman Station, or email

The Huntsville, Ont. station has been decommissioned by CN, and turned over to the Town of Huntsville. The station has been completely refurbished by volunteers, and has been  created into a cultural centre, involving four organizations, among them the Huntsville Train Station Society. The station baggage room has been developed into a historical railway museum, with a large model railway in the waiting room bay window. For more information, click here

The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre (Cobalt, Ontario), which now attracts more than 10,000 visitors annually is asking for support and financial assistance from individuals, companies and organizations with particular reference to two ambitious projects: the restoration of T&NO STEAM LOCOMOTIVE 219 and the re-creation of CAPREOL’S “PADDY WAGON”. Please click here for more details about the Museum and these restoration projects. For a copy of the story of No. 219, please click here. To donate, please use this form.

The Searchmont Station Preservation & Historical Society is raising funds with the aim of restoring what is left of this station (on the CN Soo Subdivision [former Algoma Central Railway].) For more information, click here

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Site last updated August 22, 2016

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