Throwback Thursday

This is a picture of the Great Western Railway yard at the river front. This photograph was taken in the 1870s during the conversion from provincial gauge 5’6” to standard gauge 4’8 1/2”. The Great Western Railway arrived from London Ontario in 1854, which linked Windsor to the rest of the country. In 1882 the Grand Trunk Railway took control of the line, which itself became part of the Canadian National Railway system in 1923. The river front rail yards were closed by Canadian National in 1990 with “Last Spike” ceremony. Today this area is all park land, which is part of the river front park system that runs from Hiram Walker’s distillery to the Ambassador Bridge. If you would like to view more historic photographs of Windsor please visit Windsor’s History and Pictures digital exhibit at


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