||Chronology of Events
|15 February 1871
||Brockville & Westport Railway incorporated
Act 34 Chapter 45 Statutes of Ontario (Lapsed).
|25 March 1884
||Brockville, Westport & Sault Ste Marie Railway (BW&SSM)
incorporated Act 47 Chapter 63 Statutes of Ontario.
|11 January 1886
||Mrs. R.H. Preston turns the first sod at Newboro, while Mrs. W.H.
Fredenburgh does the honours at Westport.
|17 June 1886
|04 March 1888
||First train from Westport to Brockville on BW&SSM (Saturday).
The train travelled from Lyn Junction to Brockville via the Grand Trunk
|01 August 1888
||BW&SSM issues bonds for railway construction. Knickerbocker
Trust Company of New York is trustee for bondholders.
|03 June 1889
||First BW&SSM train over the trestle crossing the Grand Trunk
Railway at the end of the GTR Manitoba Yard, Brockville.
||BW&SSM Placed in Receivership.
|20 January 1903
||Railway sold under Judicial Sale to New York Syndicate (Holm-Gerken-
Schmitt-King) for $160,000 in BW&SSM bonds. (End of BW&SSM)
|24 October 1903
||Brockville, Westport & Northwestern Railway (BW&NW) incorporated
Act 3 Chapter 88 Statutes of Canada.
|23 November 1903
||New York Syndicate transfers ownership to BW&NW.
|18 April 1906
||New York Syndicate (except King) transfers control of BW&NW
to Edward R. and Orlando Thomas of New York.
|09 April 1910
||Martin Zimmerman of New York agrees to gain control of BW&NW
shares and bonds for Mackenzie, Mann & Co for $362,000. William
Mackenzie and Donald Mann were the principals of the Canadian Northern
|09 - 15 June 1910
||Mackenzie, Mann & Co gain majority control of BW&NW shares
and bonds. Several bonds are still outstanding, preventing MM&Co
from gaining a perfected title to the BW&NW.
|14 December 1911
||Railway sold at Judicial Sale to RP Ormsby (Secretary of CNoR) for
$250,000 in BW&NW bonds. The judicial sale perfects title to
the property at the expense of the bondholders.
|10 July 1914
||Ormsby formally transfers control of BW&NW to CNoR as a requirement
of the Canadian Northern Railway Guarantee Act of 12 June 1914.
|05 November 1916
||Control of CNoR passes to Government of Canada
|20 December 1918
||CNoR amalgamated with Canadian National Railways (CNR)
|03 October 1921
||First run of the "Jitney", a Reo 20-passenger gasoline-powered
||Line from Centre St, Brockville to Lyn Junction abandoned.
||Line from Centre St (Phillips Cables) to Lyn Junction dismantled.
|15 June 1951
||Application to abandon line from Lyn Junction to Westport filed
with Board of Transport Commissioners.
|18 June 1952
||Board of Transport Commissioners Order #49236 gives approval to
discontinue service effective 19 July 1952. At the request of G.T. Fulford,
MP, this was extended to 30 August 1952.
|30 August 1952
||Last regular train operated.
|04 September 1952
||Special train picked up all moveable equipment along the line.
|06 October 1952 -
||Brockville & Westport dismantled from
between Athens and Soperton to Westport.
|05 May -
31 July 1953
|Brockville & Westport dismantled from
Lyn Junction to between Athens and Soperton. The only thing that
remains is the abandoned roadbed, a few bridges and culverts, and a couple