Northern Railway of Canada

Northern Railway Of Canada

Northern Railway of Canada

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The Northern Railway of Canada was a historical Canadian railway located in the province of Ontario. It was eventually acquired by the Grand Trunk Railway, and is therefore a predecessor to the modern Canadian National Railway.

Early history

  • In July 1849, the Toronto, Simcoe & Lake Huron Union Railroad is founded by Frederick Chase Capreol and Charles Albert Berczy
  • The Railway Guarantee Act allows financing to be secured from the colonial government.
  • Groundbreaking by Lady Elgin on 15 October 1851.
  • November 1852 the railway was renamed the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Union Railroad.
  • In August 1858, the OS&HUR becomes the Northern Railway Company of Canada following a government bailout.


Several subsidiary railways were subsequently incorporated into the Northern Railway, including:

Consolidatation and acquisition by the GTR

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