Fixed plant

Fill taken from the Hunter Street tunnel in Hamilton was dumped over the Binkley Hollow trestle to permanently embank the trestle. This was a common practice with wooden trestles to eliminate the risks of fire and to protect the stability of the track.

Photographs of the tunnel construction and grade crossing elimination projects appear in John Spring's book on page 25 and in Norman Helm's book on pages 142 to 151.

The Hamilton Roundhouse

The TH&B's growth required larger engine servicing facilities, so in 1929, contracts were signed for the construction of a new roundhouse and turntable. The new facility would have 27 stalls, 20 of them being 110 feet long, and seven longer stalls of 155 feet. The primary contractor was the Dominion Construction Company, who had also been the primary contractor for the construction of much of the mainline of the railway in 1894-95. At the time of its construction, it was one of the very best engine servicing facilities in Canada. It also was noteworthy in surviving so long after the demise of the steam engine on major railways in Canada, only being demolished in the late 1980's.

Signals along the belt line

"Wigwag signals are being installed on the company's belt line in Hamilton, Ont., which runs from the Kinnear Yard in the SE section of the city, crosses Cumberland Ave. just west of Gage St., then intersects Maple Ave., Main St., Dunsmure Rd., King St., Cannon St., Primrose Ave., Barton St., Beach Rd., and Depew St." (Canadian Railway and Marine World, Volume 32, October 1929, page 616)

Brantford Station Converted

"The former TH&B station on Market Street in Brantford, Ontario, has been converted into a restaurant--The Iron Horse." (Upper Canada Railway Society, May 1970, p.8

Hunter Street Station Re-opened

The following press release was issued on July 9, 1996:



TORONTO, July 9, 1996 /CNW/ - The public is invited to a ceremony marking the official opening of the Hamilton GO Centre this Friday, July 12, at 11:30 a.m.

Keynote speaker at the opening will be Terry Cooke, Hamilton-Wentworth's Regional Chairman and a GO Transit Board Member. The ceremony will feature the unveiling of a plaque and a ceremonial cake-cutting. Guests and the public will be invited to take a free GO Train ride to Aldershot and back after the ceremony.

First opened in 1933 as the TH&B (Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo) railway station, the centre is the new terminus for both GO Train and GO Bus service into and out of Hamilton.

Last Modified: April 23, 1997