The Canada Southern Railway Station, built between 1871 and 1873, has been a prominent landmark in St. Thomas for over a century. It was an important railway junction between Detroit and Buffalo and Chicago and New York. In the early 1900s, this was the busiest passenger route in Canada with seven passenger trains daily passing through St. Thomas. Consequently, St. Thomas became known as the railway capital of Canada. Measuring 354 feet in length and 36 feet in width, the CASO Station was the corporate headquarters of the Canada Southern Railway. It provided unequalled architectural splendour for both passengers and staff alike. The Italianate architectural style, unusual for a Canadian station, is protected by a heritage easement with the Ontario Heritage Trust and enjoys a national designation under the Heritage Railway Stations Protections Act.
The North America Railway Hall of Fame is committed to preserving and honouring our railway heritage and ensuring the future sustainability of the Canada Southern Railway Station. The Canada Southern Railway Station is as project of the North America Railway Hall of Fame.
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