The Canadian Iron and Foundry Co. purchased the St. Thomas Car Wheel Co. in 1903 and built a new factory to produce railway car wheels. Later known as Canron, it became the main supplier of car wheels, brake shoes and other products to the St. Thomas rail industry, and contributed to its great success from the 19th century up to the period following the Second World War. By 1973 Canron, was the only manufacturer of railway brake shoes in Canada. Canron closed in the 1980s and the factory was demolished.
Scope and Content
Aerial photograph of St. Thomas, Ontario, featuring the Canadian Iron and Foundry Co. (Canron) site in St. Thomas, Ontario.
Aerial view of the Cantilever Bridge in Niagara Falls being dismantled in 1926. Below the image is the following caption: "TWO BRIDGES cross the Niagara just above the Whirlpool (upper left). In 1926, when this photo was made, the Cantilever Bridge, in foreground, was being dismantled. Next to it is the Michigan Central Bridge which replaced it in 1925. Beyond that is the double-deck Whirlpool Bridge which in 1897 succeeded the Suspension Bridge."
A black and white photograph of a Baltimore and Ohio Railway (B&O) horse car, built in 1829 and nicknamed the "Pioneer". This car made numerous runs on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad before steam power was introduced. It was found that one horse could haul on rails a load of freight equal to the effort of twelve horses on a turnpike. Passengers were carried at a speed of twelve to fifteen miles per hour.
A black and white photograph featuring Bannockburn Farm’s team and wagon, likely as part of a parade. The cart has a sign advertising the Pere Marquette Railway that reads, "Pere Marquette Railway Co. / Ship by Rail / Safe Sure Speedy", and an unidentified woman with four unidentified children sitting inside. An unidentified man holds the reins and is sitting in the box car.