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I am retired and exploring the world on foot, by canoe and kayak. You see and experience much more this way. No luxury resorts on some tropical beach for me.
Ernestown train station. The train will not stop for you here anymore. Built in 1856 for the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR), but was called the Toronto and Kingston Railway (T&KR) at that time. The GTR went bankrupt in 1923 and was taken over by CNR, a nationally owned railway. This station is identical to the one in Napanee. The original Gananoque station was identical to this, it was replaced in 1902.
This wooden foot bridge replaces a railway bridge for the Thousand Island Railway that originally had only 5 km. of tracks in 1883, later extended to 8 km.. Closed in 1995. It had one engine and one coach. It was originally called the Gananoque and Rideau Railway (G+R) from 1871 to 1884.
View from the original location of the Gananoque and Rideau Railway (G&R) station from 1871 to 1884 at the junction with the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR). It became the Thousand Island Railway (TIR) in 1884. They had only 5 km. of tracks making it one of the shortest railways in the world. It was hazzardous being located on a curve, so it was relocated 1.7 k. east of here in 1902 on the GTR, now CNR. You can trace the original railway bed into Gananoque.
Reproduction of the original Thousand Island Railway station. The original station dates to 1894, it burned in 1990, this is now the Arthur Child Heritage Museum.
The newer (1902) Gananoque train station was relocated here where the tracks are straight for a clear view. It used to be 1.7 km. west on a blind curve. The new station is now just an unmaned waiting room, and is similar to the old one built in 1871. Two trains a day stop here, useage is low. It originally had 5 km. of tracks, from down town Gananoque, to the Grand Trunk Railway station, later CNR. This was double tracked about 1906, looking east.
The northerly of 4 bridges crossing the Gananoque River for the Thousand Island Railway. They originally had only 5 km. of tracks, going from down town, to the Grand Trunk train station. The track was later extended to 8 km. This bridge was built in 1883, closed in 1995. It is now used for the Gananoque hiking trail.
The wooden foot bridge in the distance replaces the original railway bridge built in 1883 for the Thousand Island Railway (TIR) as seen from the top of the dam at the falls. It was one of the shortest railways in the world. It started with 5 km. of tracks, which were extended to 8 km.. Closed in 1995.
The Thousand Island Railway was originally only 5 km. long, but it had 4 bridges over the Gananoque River. The railway operated from 1883 to 1995. It was built by the Rathburns of Deseronto, who also built the Bay of Quinte Railway which was much larger. This is the spring run off on the Gananoque River.
This little locomotive had a top speed of 35 miles per hour, it pulled one coach or a few box cars from down town Gananoque to the newer CNR station 8 km. away. It was one of the smallest railways in the world. This locomotive operated here from 1931 to 1960. The rail line operated from 1871 as the G&R railway, and as the TIR from 1883 to 1995. It right of way is now a foot path.
Railway bridge built in 1893 for the Thousand Island Railway to connect the Gananoque Carriage Company, now the Gananoque Inn, to the rest of the line, the Grand Trunk Railway, and to keep the river open for coal deliveries to the local factories. The tracks were removed in 1913. It is opened once a year by a hand crank that takes two men 20 minutes.
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