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The Brockville Tunnel 1860

The Brockville Tunnel 1860

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

The Brockville Tunnel 1860

Photo by contributor Mark Earle - Posted October, 2011

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The City of Brockville
Just to the west of these tunnel doors, beside the parking area
on Blockhouse Island Parkway, just south of Water Street


Coordinates: N 44 35.362 W 75 40.909

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Plaque Text

Construction of Canada's first railway tunnel, which runs from this point for 527 metres in a northerly direction, began in September 1854. Designed to give the Brockville and Ottawa Railway access to the riverfront, it was opened on December 31, 1860. This railway, incorporated in 1853, ran from Brockville to Sand Point, near Arnprior with a branch line from Smith's Falls to Perth. Its first train left Brockville's Grand Trunk station on January 25, 1859, almost two years before finances permitted completion of the tunnel. The Brockville and Ottawa amalgamated in 1878 with the Canada Central Railway, which was absorbed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1881.

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