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Ontario Railway Stations

Collingwood

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    Northern Railway of Canada

    ca. 1850s

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    Northern Railway of Canada

    Source: Armstrong, Beere and Hime / Library and Archives / e008406081

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    Northern Railway of Canada

    Source: City of Toronto Archives - Beaumont Fonds, ca. late 1850s

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    Grand Trunk Railway

    Publisher: Stedman Brothers, Brantford, ca. 1909

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    Grand Trunk Railway

    Publisher: E.L.Connolly, Collingwood, ca. 1912

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    Canadian National Railway

    Publisher: B.C. Printing & Litho Ltd., Vancouver, ca. 1930s

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    Canadian National Railway

    ca. 1930s

The original Collingwood station was built around 1855 by the Northern Railway of Canada. In 1873 it was destroyed by fire and replaced with a magnificent structure befitting the town's prominence as the northern terminus. The station survived until 1932 when fire struck once again, destroying the tower and both portico wings leaving only the centre portion. The remains of the old station were rebuilt and used by CN until 1960 when passenger traffic was discontinued.

In 1965 the station was purchased by the Town of Collingwood to be converted to a museum. Unfortunately the results of the 1932 had left the building structurally unsound. It was deemed necessary to demolish the building in 1997. Fortunately the original plans survived. The building was rebuilt according to the original plans from 1873 and reopened in 1998 as the new museum.