Grand River Railway

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Grand River Railway
Reporting mark GRNR
Locale Ontario
Dates of operation 1914–1931
Predecessor Galt, Preston and Hespeler Street Railway
Berlin, Waterloo, Wellesley and Lake Huron Railway
Successor Canadian Pacific Electric Lines
Electrification Yes
Headquarters Berlin

The Grand River Railway (reporting mark GRNR) was an electric railway in what is now the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, in Southwestern Ontario. It was an example of a radial railway.

CP Electric Lines[edit]

In 1931, the Lake Erie and Northern Railway, another CPR subsidiary, was consolidated with the GRR to form the Canadian Pacific Electric Lines. CPEL ended operations on October 1, 1961 when freight service was dieselized and assumed by parent CPR.

The CPEL ended passenger services on April 23, 1955, and most passenger service was replaced with buses.


A remnant of the GRR/CPEL line remains an active rail corridor in the 21st century as CPR operates an industrial spur to reach a Toyota automobile factory in north Cambridge.

In 2000, the Grand River Railway's name was echoed in the creation of Grand River Transit to unify bus services in the Region of Waterloo.

Light rail rapid transit in Waterloo Region is set to begin operations from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener by 2017; a second phase extension of the LRT to Cambridge has also been approved. The LRT's path includes routing along portions of the old Grand River Railway.[1]

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  1. ^ "Region of Waterloo Rapid Transit". Region of Waterloo. Retrieved Aug 27, 2012.