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This old image is a personal favourite. The structure was originally the Great Western Railway station, built back in 1853-1855, making it among the oldest in Canada. It was in operation as a station until the late 1800s. It was then moved back from the mainline and a siding was constructed in order it remain in service as a freight terminal. The station that replaced it burned to the ground around 1900. The GWR structure then was returned back to station status until another station was built in 1906. (this was the 'famous' Turret building that was destroyed by fire in 1994)
So the historical station became a fruit processing depot. Various owners included Canadian Fruit Co, then Niagara Peninsula Growers 1921-1924 and Niagara Packers Ltd from 1925-1985. Forks Rd Pottery bought the building in 1997 and sold in 2018. Later this year the station will begin still another life as the Different Strokes bar & billiards when it opens toward the end of 2019.
Note the coal sheds in the background. And a local parked on the siding next to the mainline. That is the Christie St overpass in the distance.
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Caption: This old image is a personal favourite. The structure was originally the Great Western Railway station, built back in 1853-1855, making it among the oldest in Canada. It was in operation as a station until the late 1800s. It was then moved back from the mainline and a siding was constructed in order it remain in service as a freight terminal. The station that replaced it burned to the ground around 1900. The GWR structure then was returned back to station status until another station was built in 1906. (this was the 'famous' Turret building that was destroyed by fire in 1994) So the historical station became a fruit processing depot. Various owners included Canadian Fruit Co, then Niagara Peninsula Growers 1921-1924 and Niagara Packers Ltd from 1925-1985. Forks Rd Pottery bought the building in 1997 and sold in 2018. Later this year the station will begin still another life as the Different Strokes bar & billiards when it opens toward the end of 2019. Note the coal sheds in the background. And a local parked on the siding next to the mainline. That is the Christie St overpass in the distance.

Photographer:
A.W.Mooney [1307] (more) (contact)
Date: 12/19/1976 (search)
Railway: Great Western Railway (search)
Reporting Marks: nil (search)
Train Symbol: n/a (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Ontario St. (search)
City/Town: Grimsby (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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4 Comments
  1. Oooooh yeah. Nice find… so there is one older…..!!

  2. Certainly a stylish survivor. The King City station might be slightly older being listed as built in 1852.

  3. “Different Strokes for Different Folks”
    Maybe they should name it Cheshire Cat, it sure has Nine Lives!

  4. Very nice. I’m quite convinced this is the oldest wooden railway station left standing in Canada.

    There are numerous stone structures still standing from about this age but of wood? No…

    and the Great Western had a certain architectural flair with sweeping curves and what not that you can see in old photos of their Union Station in Toronto (also made of wood) which didn’t last beyond the 1870′s..

    this is a real gem and worthy of study and a visit for station fans.

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