Victoria Railway

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Victoria Railway
Locale Ontario, Canada
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)

The Victoria Railway is an historic 55.52-mile (89.35 km) long[1] Canadian railway that operated in Central Ontario. Construction under Chief Engineer James Ross began in 1874 from Lindsay, Ontario with authority to build through Victoria County to Haliburton, Ontario, to which it opened on November 24, 1878 (1878-11-24).[2][3][4] The line is best known as having been built by a large group of Icelandic immigrants, who found the Kinmount winters too rough, and so they all moved to Gimli, Manitoba. The line became part of the Midland Railway of Canada and then later part of the Canadian National Railways. The line was abandoned completely by the early 1990s.[1]

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The line became part of Canadian National Railways in 1923 with its acquisition of the former Grand Trunk Railway of Canada. Mixed freight/passenger train service ran until September, 1960. CN applied for abandonment in 1978. The Canadian Transport Commission approved the line's abandonment in 1981, and most of the line being taken up in 1983; a final short section was abandoned by the early 1990s.[1] The entire length of the line is now the Haliburton County Rail Trail and the Victoria County Rail Trail public recreational trails.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Smith, Jeffrey P (2011-07-27). "CNR Haliburton Subdivision". CNR in Ontario. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ Smith, Jeffrey P (2011-05-05). "Haliburton". CNR in Ontario. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Victoria Railway, The". Online Plaque Guide. Ontario Heritage Trust. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  4. ^ "The Victoria Railway". Ontario's Historical Plaques. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Haliburton County Rail Trail". Ontario Trails Council. Retrieved 2011-11-11.