Railway History in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Canada

Painting by Ruth McMillan in 1976
Shows the Head of the Rideau Canal Locks in Ottawa, Canada in 1893

July 25, 2012:

The Railway Station at Manotick Station, early 1900's Thanks to Mr. David Nolan for this photo. Rideau River at Manotick, Ontario, Canada
The history of railways in Canada is well documented in the two volume set of books titled A History of Transportation in Canada, by G.P. deT. Glazebrook, published in 1938 by the Ryerson Press, Toronto. It was reprinted in 1967 by McClelland and Stewart as part of the Carleton University Library Series, Numbers 11 and 12. Colin Churcher of Ottawa runs an excellent web site called "Colin Churcher's Railway Pages". You can also join the Ottawa Railway History Circle. The C. Robert Craig Memorial Library is located in the City of Ottawa Archives, in the James Bartleman Building on Tallwood Drive and Woodroffe Avenue, (Centrepointe), in Ottawa. Dave Knowles is the librarian there. Taylor Kennedy has sent along an interesting article, The Railway Comes to Nepean. Taylor is descended from the pioneer William Kennedy family who settled at Jockvale in Barrhaven in the early 1830's and whose family farm house is located a couple of hundred feet from where the railway tracks cross Jockvale Road. Thanks, Taylor! This page will be expanded over time. Feel free to contribute your railway history stories to this page. ... Al Lewis
August 22, 2012: The Railway used to take up a lot of space in our downtown core. In this photo are the Parliament Buildings, the Chateau Laurier Hotel, Union Station and the Rideau Canal in 1951. Source: The Rideau, A Pictorial History of the Waterway, edited by Adrian C. Ten Cate, page 233. The Railway in Downtown Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1951
New February 8, 2019 (post retirement)
The above photoshows the largest railway station in the Ottawa Valley. Below is one of the smallest. The Snedden Station in Ramsay Township. Source: Ramsay Reflections, by the Ramsay Township Council, page 17 The Snedden Railway Station at Blakeney, Ontario, Canada

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