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Information regarding John James Porter, killed in a train crash on the London and Port Stanley Railway

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives164635
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ken Verrell Collection
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1998
Storage Location
W1 B4 F14
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ken Verrell Collection
Description Level
File
File Number
W1 B4 F14
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
W1 B4 F14
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1998
Series
Ken Verrell Collection - Personal records and memberships series
Physical Description
0.1 cm of textual records
1 photograph : sep ; 9 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
File contains correspondence addressed to Ken Verrell from Sheila Heasman, whose relative was John James Porter. Porter was killed in a train accident on the London and Port Stanley Railway and Heasman wrote Verrell to share more information about her relative. Included with the letter is a photographic print of Porter and copies of newspaper articles covering the crash. Written on the reverse of the photgraph is the following text handwritten in ink: "On reverse of original - Frank Cooper, Photographer, Richmond St., London, Ont / John James Porter, b. 26th April 1845. Killed in 'horrendous' train crash on the London & Port Stanley Railway on 12th July 1883."
Name Access
Verrell, Ken (1926-2016)
London and Port Stanley Railway
Subject Access
Railways
Images

BX Tower in St. Thomas, Ontario

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives160944
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ken Verrell Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1990s
Accession Number
2016-30
Storage Location
R4 S5 Sh3 B7 F2 13
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ken Verrell Collection
Description Level
Item
File Number
R4 S5 Sh3 B7 F2
Accession Number
2016-30
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R4 S5 Sh3 B7 F2 13
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1990s
Series
Ken Verrell Collection - Photographs series
Physical Description
1 photograph : col ; 10 x 15 cm
History / Biographical
The Canada Southern Railway constructed a route from Buffalo to Detroit, through St. Thomas, in 1872. By that time, the London and Port Stanley Railway had been operating in the area for over 15 years, so it was the respondibility of the Canda Southern Railway to protect the diamond where they crossed the London and Port Stanley Railway tracks. For this they built a mechanically interlocked system of signals and switches which were controlled from the BX Tower, located a few hundred feet east of the London and Port Stanley tracks. Levers in the tower allowed the operator to remotely operate switches and signals via a system of control rods that snaked along the ground near the tower.
Scope and Content
BX Tower on Moore Street in St. Thomas, Ontario. This tower served as the interlocking tower for the London and Port Stanley Railway and the Michigan Central Railroad, as well as their subsidiaries and successors.
Name Access
Railways
St. Thomas (Ont.)
London and Port Stanley Railway
Michigan Central Railway
Michigan Central Railroad
Subject Access
Railways
Transportation
Train stations
Images