The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore: An Illustrated History of Railway Stations in Canada

Overview

Despite the "green" benefits of rail travel, Canada has lost much of its railway heritage. Across the country stations have been bulldozed and rails ripped up. Once the heart of communities large and small, stations and tracks have left little more than a gaping hole in Canada's landscapes. This book revisits the times when railways were the country's economic lifelines, and the station the social centre. Here was where we worked, played, listened to political speeches, or ...
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Overview

Despite the "green" benefits of rail travel, Canada has lost much of its railway heritage. Across the country stations have been bulldozed and rails ripped up. Once the heart of communities large and small, stations and tracks have left little more than a gaping hole in Canada's landscapes. This book revisits the times when railways were the country's economic lifelines, and the station the social centre. Here was where we worked, played, listened to political speeches, or simply said goodbye to loved ones.

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.

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Ron 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550027945
  • Publisher: Dundurn Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.99 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Brown is a geographer and travel author of more than 20 books, including Rails Across the Prairies, The Train Doesn't Stop Here Any- more, and Back Roads of Ontario. He is past chair of the Writers' Union of Canada and leads tours of Ontario's unusual sights. He lives in Toronto.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

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

Bibliography 181

Index 187

List of Colour Plates 192

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