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At The Railyard:  Thousand Islands Railway
At The Railyard: Thousand Islands Railway
Published: 2014/03/11
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Gasoline-Electric Locomotive, service on 1000 Islands Railway 1931 Gananoque Ontario Canada
Gasoline-Electric Locomotive, service on 1000 Islands Railway 1931 Gananoque Ontario Canada
Published: 2011/08/17
Channel: MultiBrowsers
Freight Train Passing Gananoque Station, Thousand Islands, Canada
Freight Train Passing Gananoque Station, Thousand Islands, Canada
Published: 2016/09/23
Channel: Ted Baker
Track work at Ness Islands Railway. Two days ago there was nothing here as the track got washed out.
Track work at Ness Islands Railway. Two days ago there was nothing here as the track got washed out.
Published: 2015/03/20
Channel: HighlandSteam
Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada 2013 Part 3 | Traveling Robert
Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada 2013 Part 3 | Traveling Robert
Published: 2013/10/21
Channel: Traveling Robert
Canadian National Railway Dash 9-44CW
Canadian National Railway Dash 9-44CW's - Gananoque Station
Published: 2009/06/22
Channel: ConrailSD70MAC
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We're Bessemer & Lake Erie - Music Video (Parody of Radioactive - Imagine Dragons)
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: At The Railyard
2010 Thousand Island Model Railroad Show.wmv
2010 Thousand Island Model Railroad Show.wmv
Published: 2010/08/10
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At The Railyard:  Needles Sub (Run 8)
At The Railyard: Needles Sub (Run 8)
Published: 2013/12/16
Channel: At The Railyard
Switching Rail Cars
Switching Rail Cars
Published: 2013/01/06
Channel: TerreHaute .Farms
Richmond Shipyard Railway 563 Rollout
Richmond Shipyard Railway 563 Rollout
Published: 2014/09/17
Channel: spfilms4449
At The Railyard:  Monon Railroad
At The Railyard: Monon Railroad
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: At The Railyard
At The Railyard: The Story of Forest Rail
At The Railyard: The Story of Forest Rail
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: At The Railyard
Gananoque 1000 Islands Tour
Gananoque 1000 Islands Tour
Published: 2016/07/10
Channel: Tom Hall
Railway Tunnel 2017 Preview
Railway Tunnel 2017 Preview
Published: 2017/07/20
Channel: CogecoTV Brockville-Smiths Falls
At The Railyard:  Talyllyn Railway
At The Railyard: Talyllyn Railway
Published: 2009/11/06
Channel: At The Railyard
VLOG 9: Thousand Islands
VLOG 9: Thousand Islands
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: delacredog
Visiting Thousand Islands, Archipelago in North America, United States
Visiting Thousand Islands, Archipelago in North America, United States
Published: 2015/12/12
Channel: WORLD ZOOS
Mount Washington Cog Railway
Mount Washington Cog Railway
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: Hoosier Tim's Travel Videos
At The Railyard:  Diamond River Mining (Trainz Review)
At The Railyard: Diamond River Mining (Trainz Review)
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: At The Railyard
Quinte Model Railway Show Part 1.wmv
Quinte Model Railway Show Part 1.wmv
Published: 2009/12/07
Channel: Railrodder
Woodford Railway and Bribie Island Ride on Trains
Woodford Railway and Bribie Island Ride on Trains
Published: 2015/01/15
Channel: Nicholas Roach
Conquering Permafrost: People of BAM Railway (RT Documentary)
Conquering Permafrost: People of BAM Railway (RT Documentary)
Published: 2012/08/04
Channel: RT
The Arthur Child Heritage Museum, Gananoque, Ontario | WPBS Short Flix
The Arthur Child Heritage Museum, Gananoque, Ontario | WPBS Short Flix
Published: 2017/03/24
Channel: WPBS Short Flix
Westbound Finger Lakes Railway GS2 at Hartlot, NY
Westbound Finger Lakes Railway GS2 at Hartlot, NY
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: Cayuga Valley
C - Sections and Railway Trestles -The Avett Brothers - Austin TX 3-15-17
C - Sections and Railway Trestles -The Avett Brothers - Austin TX 3-15-17
Published: 2017/03/17
Channel: rt41959
Trucker Rudi 08/30/16 going over a railway track to cross the border Vlog#812
Trucker Rudi 08/30/16 going over a railway track to cross the border Vlog#812
Published: 2016/09/06
Channel: Trucker Rudi
Detroit St Clair Rail Ferries
Detroit St Clair Rail Ferries
Published: 2012/10/20
Channel: fmnut
At The Railyard:  Railworks -  Norfolk Southern Coal District
At The Railyard: Railworks - Norfolk Southern Coal District
Published: 2014/08/20
Channel: At The Railyard
Colonial Railway - Don Det to Don Khon - 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) - Champasak - Laos (7 last)
Colonial Railway - Don Det to Don Khon - 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) - Champasak - Laos (7 last)
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: Tim Buktu Laos
At The Railyard:  London & Port Stanley Railway
At The Railyard: London & Port Stanley Railway
Published: 2011/02/01
Channel: At The Railyard
Árstíðir - Heyr himna smiður (Icelandic hymn) in train station
Árstíðir - Heyr himna smiður (Icelandic hymn) in train station
Published: 2013/09/16
Channel: Arstidir
New railway company to launch high-speed service on Friday
New railway company to launch high-speed service on Friday
Published: 2016/12/09
Channel: ARIRANG NEWS
Frontenac Arch Bisophere Song.mov
Frontenac Arch Bisophere Song.mov
Published: 2010/03/18
Channel: Marnie Ross
The Railroad Signal - 1948 Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42
The Railroad Signal - 1948 Educational Documentary - WDTVLIVE42
Published: 2017/07/30
Channel: wdtvlive42 - Archive Footage
Colonial Railway - Don Det to Don Khon - 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) - Champasak - Laos (3)
Colonial Railway - Don Det to Don Khon - 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) - Champasak - Laos (3)
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: Tim Buktu Laos
TAKE A ROLLER COASTER RIDE LIKE NO OTHER ... Scenic Railway Luna Park, Melbourne Australia
TAKE A ROLLER COASTER RIDE LIKE NO OTHER ... Scenic Railway Luna Park, Melbourne Australia
Published: 2012/12/11
Channel: ooshanapa
Scuba Diving 1000 Islands St. Lawrence River Brockville
Scuba Diving 1000 Islands St. Lawrence River Brockville
Published: 2010/02/19
Channel: Brockville and 1000 Islands Tourism
Rare footage: 1964 Rameswaram Cyclone
Rare footage: 1964 Rameswaram Cyclone
Published: 2017/03/27
Channel: rameswaram rafi
Railroad in a Basement:  Bessemer & Lake Erie Layout
Railroad in a Basement: Bessemer & Lake Erie Layout
Published: 2012/07/18
Channel: At The Railyard
Colonial Railway - Don Det to Don Khon - 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) - Champasak - Laos (2)
Colonial Railway - Don Det to Don Khon - 4,000 Islands (Si Phan Don) - Champasak - Laos (2)
Published: 2016/11/24
Channel: Tim Buktu Laos
railway train taramakau bridge
railway train taramakau bridge
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: Cedric Trounson
Gananoque IS the 1000 Islands
Gananoque IS the 1000 Islands
Published: 2009/04/21
Channel: GanVideoGal
Model of the Malta Railway
Model of the Malta Railway
Published: 2010/08/12
Channel: Kenneth Briffa
Brockville Tourism Overview
Brockville Tourism Overview
Published: 2013/02/25
Channel: Brockville and 1000 Islands Tourism
At The Railyard:  Run 8 Review
At The Railyard: Run 8 Review
Published: 2012/10/09
Channel: At The Railyard
This old Railway: What is THIS
This old Railway: What is THIS
Published: 2012/09/24
Channel: Nowell Holmes
Tribute to Southern 1401
Tribute to Southern 1401
Published: 2011/01/15
Channel: SCL3618
The Pogues- Thousands Are Sailing
The Pogues- Thousands Are Sailing
Published: 2008/08/01
Channel: JTpoguemahone
25 Strange And Interesting Bits Of Trivia About Our World
25 Strange And Interesting Bits Of Trivia About Our World
Published: 2014/02/20
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Thousand Islands Railway locomotive 500 preserved in Gananoque

The Thousand Islands Railway (originally Gananoque & Rideau Railway) was an 8 km (5.0 mi) long railway running from the town of Gananoque north to the Grand Trunk Railway (now CN) Toronto-Montreal mainline, just south of present-day Cheeseborough. The service ran for 111 years between 1884 and 1995. The rails were removed in October 1997.

History[edit]

The railway was originally incorporated as Gananoque & Rideau Railway on 15 February 1871, but construction did not begin until 1883 due to lack of money. The town provided tax breaks and $10,000 in debenture financing to Rathbun's Bay of Quinte Railway and Navigation Company to build the line; that company already operated steamship docks in the village.[1] The original 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) line opened 1 January 1884. The company name was changed to Thousand Islands Railway four months later. A swing bridge over the mouth of the Gananoque River was constructed in 1894 to provide service to businesses on the east side of the river.

The line originally served to carry timber and freight to Gananoque's docks, where it could be loaded onto ships. While available timber stocks soon diminished, passenger traffic increased as the Grand Trunk under Charles Melville Hays promoted the tiny town as a vacation destination.[2]

The original junction between the Thousand Island Railway and the Grand Trunk Railway was moved 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi) east in 1902 to a flatter location. A 1947 map of the Gananoque terminal shows a nine-switch track arrangement, a coal/wood yard, a coal dealer, a number company, a mill, the Cow and Gate dairy, a two-stall engine house, passenger station and freight/express building.[3]

The Thousand Islands Railway was merged into the Canadian National Railway in 1958. Passenger service ended in 1962; freight service ended in 1995. The line was dismantled in 1997.

What remains today[edit]

The unique locomotive #500 is preserved at Sculpture Park, where King Street crosses the Gananoque River. The waterfront station became a restaurant after passenger service ended, but was destroyed by fire in 1990; the Arthur Child Heritage Museum was built on the site. The former right-of-way is readily visible on satellite imagery, and is now a hiking trail. The Gananoque Junction station remains on Station Road which is 1.2 kilometres (0.75 mi) west of Hiscocks Road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statutes of the Province of Ontario. Queen's Printer, Ontario. 1884. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  2. ^ http://cnr-in-ontario.com/Reports/RSR-212.html
  3. ^ "By road, rail and water to Gananoque", Douglas N.W. Smith, 120 pages (out of print)

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