M930.50.1.72 | Grand Trunk Railway and its connections

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Grand Trunk Railway and its connections
John Henry Walker (1831-1899)
1850-1885, 19th century
Ink on paper on supporting paper - Wood engraving
14.1 x 21.2 cm
Gift of Mr. David Ross McCord
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

This map shows the rail lines of the Grand Trunk Railway as they were at the end of the 19th century. From its inception in 1852, the company grew steadily. To spur its growth, it leased various lines to existing companies. Several of these lines, such as those of the NYCR and the NY & ER, appear on the map as links. In addition, two routes can be traced along lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior. This was the itinerary of the steam engines of the Grand Trunk Railway.

The map undoubtedly dates to before 1882, the year in which the company merged with the Great Western Railway. Before the merger, the latter was already operating in southwest Ontario and part of Michigan. Its main line, which opened in 1854, linked Niagara Falls, Hamilton, London and Windsor. Since these links do not appear on this map of the Grand Trunk system, we can presume that the merger had not yet taken place.