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St-Jean and LaPrairie, Québec Communities

The Champlain and Saint Lawrence Railroad (incorporated 1832), Canada's first railway, ran between LA PRAIRIE on the St Lawrence River and St Johns [ ST-JEAN ] on the Richelieu. In effect, it served as a portage over the most troublesome part of the journey from Montréal to New York, which continued by steamer via Lake Champlain and the Hudson River. Construction began in 1835 with financing from Montréal brewer John Molson The rails consisted of 6´ (14 cm)-wide pine timbers joined by iron plates and bolts. Iron straps were then spiked to the upper surface.

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