Fonds consists of approximately 200 file cards with typescript summaries of notices originally published 1902-1918 in the St. Thomas Daily Times, the St. Thomas Evening Journal, London Free Press and other newspapers relating to the Southwestern Traction Company, the London and Lake Erie Railway and Transportation Company, and the London & Port Stanley Railway.
-A photograph depicting the severance of the Canada Southern Railway route between Toronto, Woodstock, St. Thomas CASO to Port Stanley near the Canada Southern Railway Station, December 1, 2009. This severed the link of the CASO between Toronto and Port Stanley. From the collection of Robert Weare.
-An article from Port Stanley News.com, December 4, 2009: "History in the Making", article written by Robert Weare.
-A list of St. Thomas city council members, 2008.
-10 postcards produced ca. 2013 by Heritage Port, Port Stanley using photographs from the Collection of Robert Weare.
-15 postcards produced by Heritage Port in 2014. Enhanced with colour. 3 different postcards, 5 copies each. Viewable online in this database record.
-a photocopy of a 1948 map of the L & PS route between London and Port Stanley, with notes made by Robert Weare, updates dated May 12, 2020.
The London and Port Stanley Railway Company (L&PSR) was incorporated by a group of prominent London, Ontario citizens in May 1853. It commenced operations in September 1856. Initially, the railway line proved successful as it generated enough business in Port Stanley, Ontario to result in the construction of a port and other facilities that were regularly visited by American shipping lines. During the summer, the L&PSR became a popular route for city dwellers looking to escape from the heat to the beaches of Lake Erie. Passenger traffic plummeted following the Second World War after reaching a peak of 1.1 million in 1943. The end of gas rationing and more use of the automobile caused the end of passenger service on February 1, 1957. Effective January 1, 1966, the line became part of the Canadian National Railways (CNR). The City of London had traded the line to CNR in exchange for property elsewhere in the municipality.
Donated to London Room likely by the estate of Stanley Shantz of London or was purchased at auction from the estate. Transferred to ECA by London Room.
Scope and Content
Waxed linen drawings of car barns, track switches, car dimensions, power readings and bridge profiles of the London and Port Stanley Railway Company.