The London and Port Stanley Railway Company (L&PSR) was incorporated by a group of prominent London, Ontario citizens in May 1853. It commenced operations in September 1856. Initially, the railway line proved successful as it generated enough business in Port Stanley, Ontario to result in the construction of a port and other facilities that were regularly visited by American shipping lines. During the summer, the L&PSR became a popular route for city dwellers looking to escape from the heat to the beaches of Lake Erie. Passenger traffic plummeted following the Second World War after reaching a peak of 1.1 million in 1943. The end of gas rationing and more use of the automobile caused the end of passenger service on February 1, 1957. Effective January 1, 1966, the line became part of the Canadian National Railways (CNR). The City of London had traded the line to CNR in exchange for property elsewhere in the municipality.
Donated to London Room likely by the estate of Stanley Shantz of London or was purchased at auction from the estate. Transferred to ECA by London Room.
Scope and Content
Waxed linen drawings of car barns, track switches, car dimensions, power readings and bridge profiles of the London and Port Stanley Railway Company.
Shows the arrival at of an electric-powered (locomotive number 6) passenger train at the London and Port Stanley Railway Beach Terminal at Port Stanley ca. 1920. The electrification of the L & PS system was completed in 1915. View is looking east along Edith Cavell Boulevard and includes the fence at the west end of the terminal platform, passengers entering and leaving the terminal platform, a weigh scale (1 cent for weight and fortune), the terminal shelter (the open-ended building at right) and the London and Port Stanley Railway ice house (partially visible directly to the east of the terminal shelter). The entrance to the Port Stanley Incline Railway is just out of the picture to the north (left). File includes:
Ken Verrell Collection - London and Port Stanley Railway records series
Scope and Content
File contains internal publications created by the London and Port Stanley Railway, issued to its employees including the following:
-Consolidated Bulletin No. 5, containing rules and instructions for London and Port Stanley Railway employees. Includes Boks No. 95, 119, 143 and 217.
-Rules and Regulations for the Government Employees of London and Port Stanley Railway, approved by the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada under Order 26992, February 16, 1918.
-The Second Edition of Rules and Regulations for the Government Employees of London and Port Stanley Railway, approved by the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada under Order 26992. Effective September 15, 1943
-Rules and Regulations for the Government of Employees of the London and Port Stanley Railway, Rule Book No. 1399, second edition (circa 1943).
-Schedule of Rules Governing the Working Conditions and The Rates of Pay of all Employees of the London and Port Stanley Railway,/i>, effective May 1, 1941.