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Industry Achievement
Brockville (2011)
Mayor David Henderson accepts the plaque from the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame committee member Doug SmithFew Canadian communities have a richer rail history than the 2011 inductee and one of the country’s oldest railway centres: Brockville.

When the Grand Trunk Railway decided to route its Montreal-Toronto main line along the St. Lawrence river, it made Brockville its first division point west of Montreal. Couple this milestone with the northward Brockville & Ottawa Railway which was already underway, and Brockville became one of eastern Canada’s busiest rail hubs midway through the 19th century.

The community is also home to the first railway tunnel to be built in Canada, a 1,700-foot tunnel completed in 1860.
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