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First Steam Train 1853

First Steam Train 1853

Photos by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted February, 2012

First Steam Train 1853

Plaque Location

The Region of York
The Town of Aurora
On the southwest corner of Wellington Street East (Road 15)
and Ross Street, 5 blocks east of Yonge Street
in front of the Aurora Go Station

Coordinates: N 44 00.077 W 79 27.579


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Plaque Text

On May 16, 1853, the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Union Railroad Company operated the first steam train in Canada West from Toronto to Machell's Corners (Aurora). The train, consisting of four passenger and freight cars was drawn by the steam engine "Toronto", the first locomotive constructed in what is now Ontario. The arrival of the railway accelerated the development of this community, which was incorporated as a village in 1863 and a town in 1888. With the opening of this section of the railway one third of the proposed line was completed. Begun in 1851 and completed in 1855 the railroad was built to connect Lakes Ontario and Huron from Toronto to Collingwood.

Related Ontario plaque
The Northern Railway Company of Canada



Aurora Plaques

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