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From the PublisherRon Brown has provided a glowing history that gets more informative with each edition. It is a great bit of nostalgia to see the stations as they were in their glory days, over a century ago.
The landscapes that grew around the station are also explored and include such forgotten features as station hotels, restaurants, gardens, and the once-common railway YMCA. Railway companies often hired the world's leading architects to design grand station buildings that ranged in style from chateauesque to art deco. Even small-town stations and wayside shelters displayed an artistic flare and elegance. Although most have vanished, the book celebrates the survival of that heritage in stations that have been saved or remain in use. The book will appeal to anyone who has links with our rail era, or who simply appreciates the value of Canada's built heritage.
Ch. 1 What Is a Station? 9
Ch. 2 Stations and the Canadian Landscape 33
Ch. 3 "Miserable Shanties": Canada's First Stations 49
Ch. 4 The Station Builders: The Architecture of Canada's Stations 59
Ch. 5 Urban Monuments: Canada's City Stations 81
Ch. 6 The Masters of the Station: The Railway Station Agents 99
Ch. 7 The Station as a Place to Play 115
Ch. 8 The Station Was Their Stage: The Railway Station in Small-Town Canada 135
Ch. 9 "The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore": Decline of the Railway Stations in Canada 155
Ch. 10 "Boarded-Up Shacks": The Fight to Save Our Stations 165
List of Colour Plates 192