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Cobourg and Peterborough Railway 1852-1898

Cobourg and Peterborough Railway 1852-1898

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted December, 2010

Cobourg and Peterborough Railway 1852-1898

Photo from Google Street View ©2018 Google - Posted April, 2018

Plaque Location

The County of Northumberland
The Town of Cobourg
On the east side of 3 Street, south of Albert Street
where it meets the water
near the north end of the Cobourg Marina

Coordinates: N 43 57.414 W 78 10.033


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Plaque Text

Largely financed by the citizens and town, Cobourg's railway to Peterborough was chartered 1852 and opened 1854. Like many others of this period, it suffered from excessive optimism, land speculation and faulty engineering. Ice made the 5 km long Rice Lake bridge unsafe and finally destroyed it 1860-61, ending use of the northern section. Reorganized in 1866, the remaining part carried considerable iron ore from Marmara. The line was acquired by the Grand Trunk in 1893 and closed 1898.

Another plaque at this location
The Founding of Cobourg



Cobourg Plaques

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