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At its peak St. Thomas was an influential railway centre. It acted as a central location for a series of prominent railways and served as the primary stop on the Canadian shortcut between Detroit and Buffalo. By 1914 more than 100 trains passed through St. Thomas each day earning it the title of "The Railway Capital of Canada".
The railway had a tremendous effect in the shaping of St. Thomas. It brought jobs which in turn brought prosperity and population growth. Today, St. Thomas’s 36,000 person population is a testament to the railway’s influence.
Various museums and monuments dedicated to railway heritage give visitors the opportunity to delve into St. Thomas’s storied past. Attractions such as the annual "Day Out With Thomas", and the Port Stanley Terminal Rail train ride, provide interactive fun for the whole family! A local craft brewery and multiple vibrant railway themed festivals and events are sure to delight visitors of all ages, and no trip to St. Thomas is complete without a visit to the Jumbo monument to see the most famous elephant that ever lived!