Ken Verrell Collection - Michigan Central Railroad records series
6.0 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains internal correspondence regarding a possible strategy for the Michigan Central Railroad to consolidate its operations with the London and Port Stanley Railway. Many letters include attached newspaper articles about the London and Port Stanley Railway, as well as reports that analyze the London and Port Stanley Railway's business operations. Includes a report outlining the history of the London and Port Stanley Railway, as well as statements from 1929 outlining their operating expenses and earnings, assets and liabilities, and an auditor's report. This is contrasted with a comparative report on the Michigan Central Railroad.
St. Thomas Public Library Collection- A Pictorial History of St. Thomas, Volume Two series
1 photograph : b&w ; 11.5 x 17 cm
History / Biographical
The London and Port Stanley Railway Line was built from London to St. Thomas to Port Stanley in 1856. It was an electric railway. It's last run was on December 11, 1965.
Scope and Content
The passenger platform at the new London & Port Stanley Station in St. Thomas. Some constructions materials next to the station indicated this photograph might have been taken shortly after the station was built in 1920.
Plan of the north half of Lot 2, Concession 4 in the Township of Yarmouth, known as the Hathaway Farm, drawn July 18, 1918 by James A. Bell and Son, Civil Engineers, revised in 1920 and 1925 to show property sold in those years to the London & Port Stanley Railway.
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:
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.