|Stirling station - Rotary rescue|
Granted this is a term associated with building that yankee Transcontinental Railroad (and with a not-bad rock-blues band) but I think I can safely use it to describe my growing enthusiasm about the railways (not railroads, my train friend Larry explains that RR is used in the USA),and their role in connecting small towns and villages and mines and forestry operations - and dreams- throughout the growing days of Upper Canada and beyond.
|a VanHorne style station|
|Domestic reuse - Tamworth|
|A working station in Napanee|
Brown writes about the train stations in The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Their neglect and demolition is such a loss of our history. Some still stand. Overlooked and underutilized, or converted to homes or cafes, they stand today in Belleville, Havelock, Tamworth, Queensborough, Napanee. My summer plan is to visit/revisit railway stations, learn about the local line which linked them, and so put together another piece of our history for myself.
The tracks were pretty much gone by the early 1980's, but passionate local groups have fostered the development of recreational trail systems along their lines. I know many folks who cycle and snowmobile these links with the past; guess it's time to join them.