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Ontario Railway Stations

St. Thomas

  • St. Thomas GWR Station

    Great Western Railway

    Source: Elgin County Museum, Accession: 2011-10, ca. 1895

  • St. Thomas GWR Station

    Great Western Railway

    Source: Elgin County Museum, Accession: 2011-10, ca. 1895

  • St. Thomas GTR-Wabash Station

    Grand Trunk Railway and Wabash Railroad

    ca. 1908

  • St. Thomas GTR-Wabash Stationn

    Grand Trunk Railway and Wabash Railroad

    ca. 1910

  • St. Thomas CN-Wabash Station

    Canadian National Railway and Wabash Railroad

    Photo: Rob Sterne, ca. late 1950s

  • St. Thomas MCR Station

    Michigan Central Railroad

    ca. early 1900s

  • St. Thomas MCR Station

    Michigan Central Railroad

    ca. early 1900s

  • St. Thomas MCR Station

    Michigan Central Railroad

    Publisher: Valentine & Sons, ca. 1911

  • St. Thomas MCR Station

    Michigan Central Railroad

    Publisher: Valentine & Sons, ca. 1913

  • St. Thomas Penn Central Station

    Penn Central Railroad

    Publisher: JBC Visuals, Photo: Bill Linley, ca. 1969

  • St. Thomas LPS Station

    London and Port Stanley Railway, Kanes Street Station

    Andrew Merrilees / Library and Archives Canada,ca 1917

  • St. Thomas LPS Station

    London and Port Stanley Railway

    Elgin County Archives, ca. early 1900s

  • St. Thomas LPS Station

    London and Port Stanley Railway

    Elgin County Archives, ca. 1940s

  • St. Thomas LPS Station

    London and Port Stanley Railway

    Courtesy: Elgin County Archives, ca. 40s or 50s

  • St. Thomas LPS Station

    London and Port Stanley Railway

    ca. 1956

  • St. Thomas LPS Station

    London and Port Stanley Railway

    Collection: Robert Weare, Heritage Port, Port Stanley, ca. 40s or 50s

  • St. Thomas LPS Station

    London and Port Stanley Railway (replica station)

    Collection: Robert Weare, Publisher: Heritage Port, Port Stanley, ca. 2013

  • St. Thomas LPS Station

    London and Port Stanley Railway (replica station)

    Collection: Robert Weare, Publisher: Heritage Port, Port Stanley, ca. 2013

For years St. Thomas was widely regarded as Canada's Railway Capital and for good reason.

The first station was built by the Canada Southern Railway (later Michigan Central) in 1871. It was followed in 1872 by a station for the Great Western Railway (GWR) which went on to lease the London and Port Stanley (L&PS) tracks for 20 years.

The Credit Valley Railway (later CPR) arrived in 1881. That same year the Wabash Railroad leased the tracks operated by the GWR. In 1882 the GWR was taken over by the Grand Trunk Railway (later CN) which retained the leasing agreement with the Wabash for many years.

Last up was the Pere Marquette (later C&O) which arrived in 1894. The PM took control of the L&PS until 1914 when the entire railway was taken over by the city of London. The line was electrified and remained in municipal hands until 1965 when it was shut down.

The LP&S station was demolished in the 1986 and replaced with a replica. The massive MC station, later occupied by New York Central, Penn Central and Conrail, has been restored and is now home to the Elgin County Railway Museum.

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