In Search of the Grand Trunk: Ghost Rail Lines in Ontario

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Explore Ontario’s forgotten rail lines and experience the legacy and lore of this the vital railway era of Ontario’s history. At its peak between 1880 and the 1920s, Ontario was criss-crossed by more than 20,000 kilometres of rail trackage. Today, only a fraction remains. Yet trains once hauled everything from strawberries to grain, cans of milk and even eels. Villagers depended on trains to visit friends, attend weddings, to shop, and to go to school. They gathered on station platforms to await their mail or ...

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In Search of the Grand Trunk: Ghost Rail Lines in Ontario

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Explore Ontario’s forgotten rail lines and experience the legacy and lore of this the vital railway era of Ontario’s history. At its peak between 1880 and the 1920s, Ontario was criss-crossed by more than 20,000 kilometres of rail trackage. Today, only a fraction remains. Yet trains once hauled everything from strawberries to grain, cans of milk and even eels. Villagers depended on trains to visit friends, attend weddings, to shop, and to go to school. They gathered on station platforms to await their mail or greet a long-lost relative. Holidayers packed their trunks and headed north for an extended summer day at their favorite resorts. Today, these are but a distant memory as most of Ontario’s once essential transportation links lie abandoned and largely forgotten.

But perhaps not entirely – many rights of way have become rail trails, and now witness hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and snowmobilers. Others sadly, lie overgrown and barely visible. Yet regardless of how one follows these early routes, one will find preserved stations, historic bridges, and railway era buildings, all of which recall this bygone era.

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"Few people have done as much as popular historian Ron Brown to help us find and appreciate old places and old spaces in our porvince."
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"Few people have done as much as popular historian Ron Brown to help us find and appreciate old places and old spaces in our porvince."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554888825
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Brown has written extensively on the railway heritage of Ontario and Canada. He has documented in photographs most of our country’s surviving stations, and all of Ontario’s stations. He has traversed the rail routes and researched their stories throughout the province. Ron and his wife June live in East York in Toronto.

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