Guelph Railway History

Guelph was incorporated as a town in 1855, and the railways soon followed. The Grand Trunk Railway of Canada reached Guelph in 1856, on their Toronto – Sarnia Mainline. Followed shortly after by the Great Western Railway, operating as the Galt & Guelph Railway in 1857. Guelph became a hub of activity for railways. Other railways that were based in Guelph, or came through Guelph were the Wellington, Grey & Bruce Railway, Toronto Suburban Railway, Guelph & Goderich Railway, Guelph Junction Railway, Toronto & Guelph Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway, The Ontario Southland railway and the Goderich & Exeter Railway. The growth of Guelph can really be attributed to the success of railways.

The Guelph Junction Railway

The Guelph Junction Railway is a railway company wholly owned by the City of Guelph. It was the first municipality owned railway in the entire British Commonwealth. To read more about the Guelph Junction Railway, click the button below.

Canadian National Railway 6167‚Äč

Canadian National Locomotive 6167 is a 4-8-4 steam locomotive that was donated to the City of Guelph in 1967. The donation was in recognition of Guelph's railway heritage. 6167 is in the collection of Guelph Museums. The GHRA has no affiliation with 6167, but we are strong advocates for the restoration and maintenance of the locomotive. To read more about 6167, click the button below.

The Guelph Radial Railway

The Guelph Radial Railway was a electric streetcar railway in Guelph. Originally built in 1895 by the George Sleeman, owner of Sleeman Brewery to bring his employees to the brewery. It eventually spanned most of the old city, was the reason Riverside Park was developed and more. To Learn more about the Guelph Radial Railway click the button below.

Heritage Moments

Hertitage Moments is a feature found on our Facebook page posted weekly, highlighting Guelph and area railway history. We feature one aspect or shot from local archives and museums highlighting buildings, scenes, people, and trains from history.

Photograph Library

The GHRA has an extensive photograph collection of Guelph, and surrounding areas. In an effort to showcase Guelph history, we have created this photograph library to showcase some of our collection. Our online library includes both new and old photos of Guelph and Southern Ontario.
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