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

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

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Trenton GTR


  1. A new page, summarizing Railway Gauges in Ontario, has been added.
  2. The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society has granted me permission to reproduce the seminal history of GTR locomotives from its Bulletin #147. A new page GTR Locomotives - R&LHS Bulletin #147 has been added.
  3. The Gallery of Ontario Stations has been allocated its own main menu, and the stations have been moved over to individual sub-menus by alphabet so that each page will load faster.
  4. The Postage Stamps - Railways and Traction page has been reorganized to display the stamps by Continent, again so that each page will load faster.
  5. The scans of Rod Clarke's TG&B and T&N Diaries  have been completed.
  6. UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Canadian Rail, or formerly the CRHA Bulletin/News Report, has been foremost for the past 80 years in publishing a monthly newsletter on all aspects of Canadian railways and transit. The CRHA has generously made its past copies up to 2014 available on-line, but unfortunately there is no content index after issue #117. The PDF link to each Issue is available here, and the feature article(s) of each Issue is (are) gradually being recorded alongside each link.   

Canadian Trackside Guide 2018 - coming mid-March - see What's New in Publications for details.

Rails to Goderich
Sold out at the distributor's (Credit Valley Railway Company), but please note that Ralph Beaumont has set aside a couple of cases for shows and talks. He will have them at a talk he is giving to the OVAR group in Ottawa on April 10. 

The Portage Railway  - An Illustrated History of the Huntsville & Lake of Bays Railway
by Jeff Young and Peter Foley
It is in the final design stage and will, we hope, be available late April or early May. It will be landscape format 11x9 - hard cover - and working toward 224 pages plus 20 large foldout drawings and plans. 300 photos, 85 per cent never before published. Retail $69.95, to be distributed by the Credit Valley Railway Company. Further advice when advance orders are available.

Speed Graphics and Steam 1957
For more information and to order, go to What's New in Publications   Expected April 2018.

More than a Train Yard and a Whistle Stop: The CPR's Brownville Division 1886 to 1963
For more information and to order, go to What's New in Publications  Only 30+ copies left.

Trackside with VIA: Vol 4:  Research and Recollections
For more information and to order, go to What's New in Publications

Bytown Railway Society Publications
2017 Trackside Guide. Sold out.

See above to place an advance order for the 2018 Guide.

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

Model Railway Project News and Updates

The Nottawasaga Model Railway Club is recreating the Meaford Subdivision CNR in HO Scale at the Bygone Days Heritage Village in Collingwood.  It is a compressed 47 by 14 foot layout of the Barrie to Meaford line.  The group was written up in an article in the Collingwood Connection of January 26, 2017.  Their website is: (Information courtesy David Vuckson)

Preservation Project News and Updates

The GTR Burlington Freeman (Ont.) station is an ongoing work of restoration in progress, and the Friends of the Freeman station are always on the look-out for volunteers to help the work along. For more information, go to The Friends of the Freeman Stationor email

The Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre (Capreol, 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 February 16, 2018

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November 2017

Cover speed graphics and steam 1957
Hor cover large web
The good work being done at the Burlington Junction (Freeman) station

The good work being done at the Burlington Junction (Freeman) station

T&NO # 219.

T&NO # 219.

Searchmont ACR Bill Linley photo 1985 PC

Searchmont ACR Bill Linley photo 1985 PC

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