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The Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway (TH&B) existed from 1892 through 1987 as a separate railway serving the Hamilton, Ontario area. It joined the lines of its corporate parents, the Canadian Pacific Railway and the New York Central system. It was established largely as an alternate route for the businesses in the Hamilton area to ship their products to Canadian customers in Toronto, Montreal, and the west and to American customers via the New York Central and its subsidiaries.

The TH&B was jointly owned after July 1895 by the CPR and NYC (and its successor, Penn Central) until 1977, when CP Rail bought the remaining shares and became full owner of the railway. The TH&B was integrated into the operations of its parent in 1987, losing its distinct identity as a separate railway.

The railway also owned a subsidiary company to operate a rail ferry between Ashtabula, Ohio and Port Maitland, Ontario. The TH&B Navigation Company was chartered in 1916 and operated the "Maitland No. 1" until 1932.

This site is intended to provide prototype and modelling information without duplicating the efforts of others, particularly John Spring and the late Norman Helm, who have written books on the railway. This site has no official connection to the St. Lawrence and Hudson Railway or the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Upcoming Membership Meeting
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Fall Membership Meeting of the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Historical Society will be held at the Dundas Museum & Archives, 139 Park St. W., Dundas, Ont. Following our short business meeting, Phil Lomax and Russ Powers will have a presentation called “Rails to Trails” outlining the history of the building and operation of the TH&B Railway through the Dundas Valley until cessation. Then Phil shall run a movie taken (circa 1920) from a locomotive going up the Waterford sub. Russ Powers shall conclude the presentation by describing how the original right of way and new facilities were developed to become the Hamilton - Brantford recreational trail now enjoyed by local citizens and tourists alike.

Shows We Will Be Attending

Saturday & Sunday, September 29 & 30, 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Greater Toronto Train Show at Brampton Fairgrounds, 12942 Heart Lake Rd., Caledon, Ont.
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Niagara Model Railway Show at Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Ave., St. Catharines, Ont.
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kitchener Model Train Show at Bingemans (Marshall Hall), 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, Ont.
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 10:00 am to 2:30 pm
Hamilton & Ancaster Model Train Show at Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd. S., Ancaster, Ont.
Sunday, January 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Paris Junction Model Train Show at Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver St., Paris, Ont.
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Hamilton & Ancaster Model Train Show at Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd. S., Ancaster, Ont.
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Copetown Train Show at Copetown & District Community Centre, 1950 Governor's Rd., Copetown, Ont.

Members are invited to drop by our booth at any shows to chat or renew your membership.We are always looking for TH&B models and artifacts to display. Feel free to bring something along to display at the booth. If you can help out at our booth for an hour or more during any of these shows please contact Bryant Barbour. e-mail Bryant and offer help

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Membership & Newsletter Back Issues

Membership in the society is $25 Canadian per year to Canadian addresses, $25 U.S. per year to American addresses, or $30 U.S. per year for International members. Membership provides four issues per year of the society's journal The Ontarian and free admission to regular meetings.

Back issues of TH&B Focus are also available. Use the Membership and Back Issues Order Form to order back issues.

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The Official Newsletter of The TH&B Railway Historical Society


The Ontarian (previously known as TH&B Focus for Volumes 1 through 9) is produced on a quarterly basis. The newsleter features a wide range of articles and photographs about the TH&B – equipment rosters, history, industries, operations, plans, track diagrams, modeling articles, layout plans, photos of well-known and lesser-known sites on the railway and more!

Visit the Focus and Ontarian Index for a detailed listing of articles, authors and photos that have appeared in Focus and The Ontarian to date.

The Ontarian Volume 15 Number 3

The Latest Issue:
Volume 15 Number 3, April 2017

On the cover: A sulphuric acid train, led by GP-7 #74, GP-9 #402 and GP-7 #72, glides eastbound through Grassies, Ontario, On October 1, 1975. Keith Sirman Photograph

Table of Contents:

How the Late Every Night Came to Operate over the Tired, Hungry and Broke By James Mittletehldt

Building Plans - The TH&B Grade Separation Project By Roger Baxter

Saved! The TH&B’s Last Active Surviving Freight Car Donated for Preservation By Lance Brown

TH&B Historical Society Executive Report

Photo Section - 2200 Series Gondolas

From The Archives - Electro-Motive Company Advertisement, Circa 7930, Courtesy of the Stephen Puchalski Collection

The Ontarian is distributed through hobby stores in Southern Ontario. You can also order back issues using the Membership and Back Issues Order Form. Of course as a Society member you are sent 4 issues as part of your membership.

Last Modified: August 30, 2018