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Summerside in Prince County, Prince Edward Island — The Canadian Atlantic
 

The Railway Station

 
 
The Railway Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
1. The Railway Station Marker
Inscription.  The Prince Edward Island Railway was established in 1871. By 1874 there were 70 stations across the Island, including an open-ended "Terminal" Station about a mile north of the Summerside harbour. A track ran down to the waterfront where the railcars met ships to load and unload freight passengers. By 1878 this spur was replaced with a loop through town and a new 3-storey Station was built.

Being close to the water the Station became polluted with refuse washed underneath by high tides, forcing the railway authorities in 1891 to move it to a site closer to Water Street. In 1907 a 216-foot long brick freight shed was built replacing the previous one that was destroyed in the "Great Fire of 1906."

The PEI Railway was absorbed into the Canadian National Railway system in 1919 and Summerside continued to be a busy terminal. There were numerous "close-calls" for vehicles and pedestrians at the two crossings on Water Street. In 1927 a new station was constructed and the old 3-gabled station building was hauled south of the tracks where it served as a canning factory for many years. The last train passed through town in 1989. All that
Marker detail: Summerside Station 1975 image. Click for full size.
By Kenneth A. W. Gansel
2. Marker detail: Summerside Station 1975
Published in “A Photo History of the Prince Edward Island Railway” by Allan Graham
remains of the railway now is the 1927 station (Rotary Regional Library) and the original railway bed, which has been transformed into a section of the Confederation Trail.

(photo captions)
• Summerside station in 2004 [City of Summerside Collection]
• Railway yard, Summerside Waterfront, c. 1938 [MHCA (G. Gallant Collection)]
• Two wharf buddies pose on Holman’s Wharf, c. 1935. Not the old three gabled station in the distance. [MHCA (Daley) Collection]
• The second Summerside station
[MHCA (SHS) Collection]
• A postcard of the second Summerside station in 1907. [Joyce Johnston Collection] Published in “A Photo History of the Prince Edward Island Railway” by Allan Graham
 
Location. 46° 23.448′ N, 63° 47.329′ W. Marker is in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, in Prince County. Marker is on Granville Street just south of Water Street (Prince Edward Island Route 11), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 192 Water Street, Summerside, Prince Edward Island C1N 1B1, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salute to the Prince Edward Island Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgina Fane Pope (approx. 0.2 kilometers away); The Summerside Armoury (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Former Summerside Post Office / L'Ancien Bureau de Poste de Summerside
Marker detail: 1945 Wreck image. Click for full size.
Courtesy MHCA (Dolan) Collection
3. Marker detail: 1945 Wreck
A CNR inspector was killed in 1945 when an engine broke through the back of the roundhouse and knocked over three freight cars.
(approx. 0.3 kilometers away); James Colledge Pope (approx. 6.7 kilometers away); Les Dix Conventions Nationales Acadiennes (approx. 7.5 kilometers away); La fondation de Miscouche (approx. 7.5 kilometers away); Les Acadiens de la baie de Malpèque (approx. 7.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Summerside.
 
Also see . . .  Summerside Railway Station. The former railway station, designed by architect Charles Benjamin Chappell and built in 1927, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2007. (Submitted on October 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Marker detail: Passengers between the Charlottetown express and a docked steamer • c1910 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy MHCA (G. Gallant) Collection
4. Marker detail: Passengers between the Charlottetown express and a docked steamer • c1910
The Railway Station Marker <br>(<i>wide view • former railroad station in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
5. The Railway Station Marker
(wide view • former railroad station in background)
Left panel detail: 1963 Insurance Map of Summerside image. Click for full size.
Courtesy MHCA (Ronahan) Collection
6. Left panel detail: 1963 Insurance Map of Summerside
Right panel detail: 1878 Panoramic View of Summerside image. Click for full size.
Courtesy MHCA (City of Summerside) Collection
7. Right panel detail: 1878 Panoramic View of Summerside
1927 Summerside Railway Station (<i>today stands repurposed as a craft brewery</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
8. 1927 Summerside Railway Station (today stands repurposed as a craft brewery)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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