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Railway Art Forms and Events

Pacific 231

Arthur Honegger was born on March 10, 1892, in Le Havre, France, and died on November 27, 1955, in Paris. He composed Pacific 231 between March and December 1923. It was premiered May 8, 1924, at the Paris Opéra, with Serge Koussevitzky conducting. Honegger was a rail enthusiast, who, in 1923, wrote a one movement […]

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Polar Express

The Polar Express, a film produced in 2004 and directed by Robert Zemeckis, popularized an understanding of the role and romance of passenger trains in transportation history amongst a new audience of children across North America and beyond. It was based on a book of the same name written by Chris Van Allsburg. This animated […]

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Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas® is a fun-filled event that offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with a life-size Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends® series. The event also features the opportunity for visitors to meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway and enjoy a day full of Thomas-themed […]

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Pierre Berton

In addition to being a well-know television personality (Close-Up, 1957-63, Front Page Challenge, 1957-95, the Pierre Berton Show, 1962-73), Pierre Berton had a fascination with Canadian Rail History, and was the author of The National Dream: The Great Railway, 1871-1881 (1970), The Last Spike: The Great Railway, 1881-1885 (1972), The Impossible Railway: The Building of […]

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Rocky Mountain Express

Numerous films have been made about the building of Canada, and our country’s railways have always been of particular interest. Few films, whether educational about Canada or more specific to railroading, has ever been made in such fine detail while utilizing the most unique of large-format movie techniques – IMAX. Rocky Mountain Express tells in […]

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Fred Eaglesmith

Musician Fred Eaglesmith, the sixth of nine children growing up on a 200-acre farm near Brantford Ontario, hopped his first train at the age of 15, leaving behind chores and his strict religious rearing to pursue his dream of performing, and has been riding the rails or running the road ever since. For the past […]

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The MCR Employee’s Band

The Michigan Central Railroad Employees Band, founded in 1919, consisted primarily of employees of the Michigan Central Railroad. At a time when this was uncommon, it was an inter-racial organization with a clarinet player, Peter Powless, from the Muncey Reserve in Elgin County. Band members held such jobs as machinist, upholsterer, foreman, electrician, bookkeeper, mechanic […]

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Iron Horse Festival

After humble beginnings and nearly 20 years in operation, the Iron Horse Festival has grown to become one of south-western Ontario’s largest street festivals and one of the largest annual events in St. Thomas. The Iron Horse Festival began in 1994, when a group of individuals, business leaders, community groups and government established an organization […]

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Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash, ‘Wreck of the Old 97′ with Lyrics. Johnny Cash (born J. R. Cash) was one of the most influential singer songwriters of the 20th Century. While remembered as a country, gospel, rockabilly and rock artist, many of Cash’s songs included railroad songs and had railroad related themes. Some of the songs include “Hey […]

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‘New York Central’s Canadian Streamliners’

An outstanding history of Canada Southern, Michigan Central and New York Central passenger service along the Canada Southern line through southwestern Ontario, from Buffalo/Fort Erie to Windsor/Amherstburg/Detroit and connections further afield. The book consists of well researched historical text, good writing, graphs of traffic, compilation of passenger statistics, historic photographs and images of posters and […]

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