Ken Verrell Collection - Personal records and memberships series
0.1 cm of textual records
1 photograph : sep ; 9 x 15 cm
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File contains correspondence addressed to Ken Verrell from Sheila Heasman, whose relative was John James Porter. Porter was killed in a train accident on the London and Port Stanley Railway and Heasman wrote Verrell to share more information about her relative. Included with the letter is a photographic print of Porter and copies of newspaper articles covering the crash.
Written on the reverse of the photgraph is the following text handwritten in ink: "On reverse of original - Frank Cooper, Photographer, Richmond St., London, Ont / John James Porter, b. 26th April 1845. Killed in 'horrendous' train crash on the London & Port Stanley Railway on 12th July 1883."
File maintained by Don Cosens for reference and research purposes. Includes blank letterhead for the London and Port Stanley Railway, a time table and tickets from the last day of passenger service on February 19, 1957, a ticket booklet issued to Francis Hume, a sign originally posted in a passenger car, and newspaper articles regarding the history of the London and Port Stanley Railway.
The Canada Southern Railway constructed a route from Buffalo to Detroit, through St. Thomas, in 1872. By that time, the London and Port Stanley Railway had been operating in the area for over 15 years, so it was the respondibility of the Canda Southern Railway to protect the diamond where they crossed the London and Port Stanley Railway tracks. For this they built a mechanically interlocked system of signals and switches which were controlled from the BX Tower, located a few hundred feet east of the London and Port Stanley tracks. Levers in the tower allowed the operator to remotely operate switches and signals via a system of control rods that snaked along the ground near the tower.
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BX Tower on Moore Street in St. Thomas, Ontario. This tower served as the interlocking tower for the London and Port Stanley Railway and the Michigan Central Railroad, as well as their subsidiaries and successors.
Viedocassette titled "Memories of the L&PS", featuring a brief photo shitroy, original colour movies and slides from the 1950s, and the London and Port Stanley Railway Moto Coach # 8 reinauguration at Halton County Radial Railway.