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Canadian Northern Train Station / Chemin de fer du Nord Canadien

Smiths Falls

 

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By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
1. Canadian Northern Train Station / Chemin de fer du Nord Canadien Marker
Inscription.  

Construction of the Canadian Northern train station began in 1911 with an official opening in 1912. The building was intended to serve as a model of the railway's high architectural standards and to draw passenger traffic away from the long-established Canadian Pacific Railway located on the east side of the town. The train station featured a decorative turret, an expansive main waiting room, an adjoining men's smoking room, a ladies' waiting room, a carriage portico, and an express office. This grand design, however, was not consistent with the relatively small population of the town at the time and it failed to have much of an effect on the monopoly CPR held in passenger and freight service in Smiths Falls.

In 1918, the Canadian Northern Railway went bankrupt and in 1923 Canadian National Railways took over. It ran passenger and freight trains from Ottawa to Toronto until 1979.

Word got out CNR was looking to demolish the building. In 1983, a group of community-minded citizens, led by Bill LeSerf, acquired the building in the hopes of establishing a railway museum. In 1985 the building was designated a National

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By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
2. Canadian Northern Train Station / Chemin de fer du Nord Canadien and Marker
Historic Site. Over the next fifteen years, volunteers painstakingly restored the building to its former splendor.
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La construction Chemin de fer du Nord Canadien a commencé en 1911 avec une ouverture officielle en 1912. L'édifice devait servir de modèle pour les normes architecturales élevées du chemin de fer et attirer le trafic de passages du Chemin de fer du Canadien Pacifique, établi depuis longtemps et situé au côté est de la ville. La gare comportait une tourelle décorative, une vaste salle d'attente principale, un fumoir réservé aux hommes, une salle d'attente pour dames, un portique de calèche et un bureau de courrier express. Cependant, ce grand dessein n'était pas compatible avec la population relativement petite de la ville à l'époque et n'a pas eu d'effet majeur sur le monopole du CFCP dans le transport de passagers et de marchandises à Smiths Falls.

En 1918, le Chemin de fer du Nord Canadien fait faillite et en 1923, la Canadien National prend le relais. Il a utilisé des trains de voyageurs et de marchandises d'Ottawa à Toronto jusqu'en 1979.

Le CN était à la recherche de démolir le bâtiment. En 1983, un groupe de citoyens animés par la communauté, dirige par Bill LeSerf, a acquis le bâtiment dans l'espoir de créer

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By William Fischer, Jr., October 18, 2019
3. Canadian Northern Train Station / Chemin de fer du Nord Canadien
un musée ferroviaire. En 1985, le bâtiment a été désigné lieu historique national. Au cours des quinze prochaines années, des bénévoles one minutieusement restauré le bâtiment.
 
Erected by Town of Smiths Falls.
 
Location. 44° 54.061′ N, 76° 1.703′ W. Marker is in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Marker is on Williams Street just north of Abbott Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 90 Williams Street West, Smiths Falls, Ontario K7A 5A5, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Canadian Northern Railway Station / La Gare de la Societe Canadian Northern Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Town Hall / L'Hôtel de Ville (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); World War Memorial (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Centennial Park (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Smiths Falls and the Dam / Smiths Falls et le Barrage (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Water Works / Station de Production d'Eau Potable (approx. 0.6 kilometers away); Wood's Mill / Moulin de Wood (approx. 0.7 kilometers away); The Rideau Waterway / Voie navigable du Canal Rideau (approx. 0.7 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Smiths Falls.
 
Also see . . .
1. Smiths Falls Railway Station. (Submitted on November 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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2. Smiths Falls, Ontario. (Submitted on November 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Canadian Northern Railway. (Submitted on November 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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