Heritage railway brings communities together for Canada’s 150th

Aug. 02, 2017

Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre celebrated Canada’s 150th with a day filled with railway themed displays, music, vendors and train rides for the community. On June 10th, 2017, the London Railway Heritage event at CNRA Park brought approximately 300 community members together to celebrate the significance of the railway.

The Historical Society and Hidden History of Hamilton Road displays were busy all day with people sharing memories and asking questions about the railway’s role within the neighborhood and the greater London area. Engine 86, a neighborhood band, championed the event and connected with other performers who carry a similar railway theme to entertain the crowd with railway songs.

Local historians and railway enthusiasts also supported the railway heritage event this past June. Participants were fascinated by their unique model train displays, train themed artwork and other historical interactive displays for people of all ages.

From sea to sea, the railway has connected us as a country, not only in a tangible way through the tracks itself, but also socially and economically, as the railway acted as a catalyst for building our nation. The heritage railway event allowed the community to explore how the railway has contributed to the unique history of the Hamilton road neighborhood and the greater London area.

It is around this railway, we connected as a country from sea to sea, and through celebrating it, we truly enhance our community spirit and deepen our understanding of Canada’s 150th” – Bethany Innes-Mejia, Community Developer at Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre

The Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre welcomed all communities to the heritage railway event, hoping to increase the understanding of the railway and its significance to Canada’s 150th anniversary. The railway is celebrated because truly without it, there would be no Canada as it exists today.