How the Railways Shaped Toronto : find out more on September 18th

September 12, 2013 | Andrew

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On May 16, 1853 the first passenger train steamed out of Toronto from a  wooden depot located close to the eastern entrance of Union Station. Over the next century the railways had a profound impact on the geography and economic fortunes of Toronto and helped transform the city into the commercial centre of Canada.

Join Derek Boles, chief historian of the Toronto Railway Museum and author of the book Toronto's Railway Heritage, as he presents rare images and animations depicting the first decades of Toronto's railway history.

North York Central Library, Room 1
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Wednesday September 18
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Canadiana Department staff will present some of the railway history items available and on display on the 6th floor of North York Central Library prior to Derek Boles' presentation. The display is named after and based on an earlier Virtual Exhibit produced by Toronto Public Library titled All Aboard Toronto! Railways and the Growth of a City.

Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and the North York Central Library Canadiana Department. Free admission, all are welcome! No registration is required. 

In addition to Derek Boles' book Toronto's Railway Heritage, Canadiana owns many interesting railway history books from around Toronto and Ontario such as:

Check out these related links:

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society