Index to Railways of Eastern Ontario
We're always looking for information on the railways of Eastern Ontario.  If you can help us, we'd be glad to hear from you.  Take your pick from the list below and enjoy.   
Hi and welcome to railways in Eastern Ontario.  For a short history of railway development, click on the button on the left.  Or, to go directly to some of the railways, take your pick from the list below.
Brockville, Westport & Sault Ste Marie (1886), an interesting little railroad with very big ambitions.  The last of the railways built into Brockville and the first to go.  It was built simply because of the tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit of Robert G. Hervey, a native of Maitland, Ont.  Hervey had previously made his reputation with the Illinois Midland Railway and the Decatur National Bank of Illinois.  He was about to lose it all with the BW&SSM. 
Bytown & Prescott (1854), the first railway in Eastern Ontario.  The first Canadian road built by Walter Shanley.  Until recently, it was still in operation.
Brockville & Ottawa (1859) had the distinction of building Canada's first railway tunnel.  It became the basis of the CPR empire.  Still in operation today, find out how it made it all the way up to Mattawa as the Canada Central and ultimately into Ottawa.
While not quite in Eastern Ontario, the Irondale Bancroft & Ottawa had grand plans to make it all the way to Ottawa.  In a bid to exploit the expected mineral wealth of the Haliburton Highlands, it went through some of the roughest geography of Central Ontario.  Through its owner, Charles J. Pusey, the IB&O had a link to the Brockville, Westport & Sault Ste Marie Railway. 
A bibliography of constituent railway lines of the Canadian National Railways in Southern Ontario. Starting with the Canadian Northern and later the Grand Trunk, we go back to the original railway lines.
Most of the Canadian Pacific Railway lines in Ontario were not "owned" by the CPR but by other subsidiaries which are still in existance today.  The CPR was a complex web of railway lines that were "leased" for 999 years.
The summer of 1912 was an exciting time to be living at Chaffey's Locks.  The Canadian Northern railway line was being pushed through the granite-hard rock of the Canadian Shield.  Here's a photo-essay of that activity as recorded by a young 21 year old student from Chaffey's.
An overview of the Grand Trunk/ Canadian National Brockville facilities during the days of steam.  
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We have three types of links: Other Canadian railway history websites, sites that can help you research Canadian history, and technical sites that can help you develop webpages and graphics.  We also have a list of some of our favourite Canadian railway history books. 
A few personal pages on some model railroading subjects including DCC, module construction, decoder installs - slightly off topic but a part of my passionate interests.
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