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At The Railyard:  Thousand Islands Railway
At The Railyard: Thousand Islands Railway
Published: 2014/03/11
Channel: At The Railyard
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
Canadian National Railway Dash 9-44CW
Canadian National Railway Dash 9-44CW's - Gananoque Station
Published: 2009/06/22
Channel: ConrailSD70MAC
The Brockville Railway Tunnel
The Brockville Railway Tunnel
Published: 2017/09/20
Channel: Somersault Events
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
Conquering Permafrost: People of BAM Railway (RT Documentary)
Conquering Permafrost: People of BAM Railway (RT Documentary)
Published: 2012/08/04
Channel: RT
At The Railyard:  Monon Railroad
At The Railyard: Monon Railroad
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: At The Railyard
Detroit St Clair Rail Ferries
Detroit St Clair Rail Ferries
Published: 2012/10/20
Channel: fmnut
A DAY IN THE THOUSAND ISLANDS Part 6
A DAY IN THE THOUSAND ISLANDS Part 6
Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: Kevin Harris
10 Thousand Islands NWR Sunset
10 Thousand Islands NWR Sunset
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: cassondrarose16
Aerial - 1000 Islands Autumn Antique  Boat Ride
Aerial - 1000 Islands Autumn Antique Boat Ride
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: Jeffry Weldon
Gananoque IS the 1000 Islands
Gananoque IS the 1000 Islands
Published: 2009/04/21
Channel: GanVideoGal
2010 Thousand Island Model Railroad Show.wmv
2010 Thousand Island Model Railroad Show.wmv
Published: 2010/08/10
Channel: Railrodder
VIA 906 at Gananoque (28JUN2014)
VIA 906 at Gananoque (28JUN2014)
Published: 2014/06/30
Channel: JayJr2007
VLOG 9: Thousand Islands
VLOG 9: Thousand Islands
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: delacredog
Mount Washington Cog Railway
Mount Washington Cog Railway
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: Hoosier Tim's Travel Videos
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
At The Railyard:  London & Port Stanley Railway
At The Railyard: London & Port Stanley Railway
Published: 2011/02/01
Channel: At The Railyard
At The Railyard:  Talyllyn Railway
At The Railyard: Talyllyn Railway
Published: 2009/11/06
Channel: At The Railyard
4000 thousand islands, laos
4000 thousand islands, laos
Published: 2014/07/26
Channel: Ozzi G
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
1000 islands Canada.
1000 islands Canada.
Published: 2014/05/25
Channel: notregme
Thousand Islands  Cruise
Thousand Islands Cruise
Published: 2012/06/27
Channel: bethanddean1
10 Thousand Island NWR Sunset
10 Thousand Island NWR Sunset
Published: 2016/01/25
Channel: cassondrarose16
Drowning A Thousand Islands Taser_Burmese
Drowning A Thousand Islands Taser_Burmese
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: Action for Shan State Rivers
Khone Falls, Four Thousand Islands, Laos 2011
Khone Falls, Four Thousand Islands, Laos 2011
Published: 2013/01/20
Channel: Callum Swift
Quinte Model Railway Show Part 1.wmv
Quinte Model Railway Show Part 1.wmv
Published: 2009/12/07
Channel: Railrodder
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
Frontenac Arch Bisophere Song.mov
Frontenac Arch Bisophere Song.mov
Published: 2010/03/18
Channel: Marnie Ross
CN 2684 West - Gananoque Station
CN 2684 West - Gananoque Station
Published: 2010/08/10
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
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
Boating Through Georgian Bay - Midland to Henry
Boating Through Georgian Bay - Midland to Henry's Restaurant
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: BoatsBeachesAndBars
America by Rail - Western Canada Tours
America by Rail - Western Canada Tours
Published: 2012/01/27
Channel: AmericaByRail1
Gananoque Jct Ontario Canada
Gananoque Jct Ontario Canada
Published: 2012/04/30
Channel: FlyingYankee59
Switching Rail Cars
Switching Rail Cars
Published: 2013/01/06
Channel: TerreHaute .Farms
1000 Islands Model Train Fair in Clayton, N.Y.
1000 Islands Model Train Fair in Clayton, N.Y.
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: Watertown Daily Times
Sri Lanka,ශ්‍රී ලංකා,Ceylon,Galle,Train Station Railway Station streetlife
Sri Lanka,ශ්‍රී ලංකා,Ceylon,Galle,Train Station Railway Station streetlife
Published: 2011/05/12
Channel: NickVenture1
Railroad Tigers Official Teaser Trailer 1 (2016) - Jackie Chan Movie
Railroad Tigers Official Teaser Trailer 1 (2016) - Jackie Chan Movie
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films
Thousand Island Lake After a Storm
Thousand Island Lake After a Storm
Published: 2009/11/21
Channel: kevincito
bridgend minature railway
bridgend minature railway
Published: 2010/08/10
Channel: TheBDMES
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
Invest in Yourself and in Leeds Grenville, Ontario, Canada
Invest in Yourself and in Leeds Grenville, Ontario, Canada
Published: 2014/05/05
Channel: United Counties of Leeds and Grenville
London & Port Stanley Railway - Official Trailer
London & Port Stanley Railway - Official Trailer
Published: 2010/09/16
Channel: At The Railyard
Under Bridge Truck on Rail Final
Under Bridge Truck on Rail Final
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: N.E. Bridge Contractors, Inc
RAILWAY WAGONS ON A DISUSED RAILWAY
RAILWAY WAGONS ON A DISUSED RAILWAY
Published: 2011/07/26
Channel: pincbit
The Ramblin
The Ramblin' Ambassadors - live at The Railway 2007
Published: 2008/01/16
Channel: Mintrecs
Toronto and York Radial Railway
Toronto and York Radial Railway
Published: 2013/01/27
Channel: VE3UET
Westbound Finger Lakes Railway GS2 at Hartlot, NY
Westbound Finger Lakes Railway GS2 at Hartlot, NY
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: Cayuga Valley
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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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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