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Canadian Northern Railway Station

Canadian Northern Railway Station

Photos by contributor Colin Old - Posted January, 2012

Canadian Northern Railway Station

Plaque Location

The County of Lanark
The Town of Smiths Falls
On William Street West at the former railway station
now the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario
on the outside wall just to the right of the main door

Coordinates: N 44 54.090 W 76 01.714


Plaque Text

Opened in 1914, on the new Toronto-Ottawa line, this station reflected the western-based Canadian Northern's ambition to compete directly with the established Canadian Pacific Railway in populous Ontario in an attempt to achieve Transcontinental status. Probably designed by company architect R.B. Pratt of Winnipeg, the building featured the low profile, linear arrangement and wide projecting eves common to many small stations. Its decorative turret, individualized styling and substantial construction were, however, a signal departure from the Canadian Northern's usual practice of building cheaply from standard plans.

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The Canadian Northern Railway
Sir William Mackenzie 1849-1923



Smiths Falls Plaques

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