Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover

Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover

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Grand Junction Railway, The by Nick and Helma Mika Soft Cover
 
The Grand Junction Railway by Nick and Helma Mika
Soft Cover
187 pages
Copyright 1985
CONTENTS
Foreword 7
A Road Long Since Forgotten 8
Railroad Fever  18
Clouds On The Horizon 26
The Waiting Game 34
Lure Of The North 44
A New Beginning  54
Revival Of The Charter 61
Another Step Forward  70
Construction Off To A Slow Start 81
Temporary Setback 91
The Belleville And North Hastings Railway  100
The First Passenger Train Over The GJR 112
Campbellford At Last  118
Next Stop: Hastings 126
On To Peterborough 138
"Railway War" 144
The Midland Connection 149
The Grand Junction Swallowed Up By Its Rival  160
Under New Management 169
The Grand Trunk Take-Over 176
Index 185
ON THE BACK COVER:
Grand Junction
Incorporated in 1852, the Grand Junction Railway was to be built by the Grand Trunk as a loop line from Belleville via Peterborough to Toronto. It was not constructed, however, until nearly three decades later, its charter having been surrendered by the Grand Trunk and the venture revived as an independent line in 1870.
Under its new charter the road was to run from Belleville to Peterborough and was designed to open up the hinterland to industry and trade. With running rights over the Midland Railway of Canada, its promoters hoped their railway would become a vital link in the grain route from the Georgian Bay to the St. Lawrence River and the Atlantic seaboard. Belleville as the line's southern terminus on the Bay of Quinte stood to reap great benefits from the enterprise.
Plagued by financial problems, disputes and litigations with contractors and municipalities, construction delays and a "war" with the rivalling Midland, the Grand Junction, on the verge of bankruptcy, was swallowed up by the latter within a year of completion. By then the troubled GJR owned the Belleville & North Hastings Railway, a 22-mile line built in the 1870s from Madoc Junction to the iron mines of the Madoc area in Hastings County.
In the intricate schemes woven by the railway magnates of the day, the Grand Junction, once known as "Belleville's Own," had become a pawn in the fierce struggle waged between the Grand Trunk and the Canadian Pacific Railway Companies over supremacy in central Ontario. Eventually, the Grand Trunk took over the Midland, a system it had helped to create in an effort to keep a number of independent lines from falling into the hands of the Canadian Pacific. With the Midland Railway, the Grand Trunk acquired the assets of the Grand Junction, and the latter's trackage continued to be used for years to come as part of a "loop line" from Belleville via Peterborough and Lindsay, to Toronto.

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