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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 22, 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Fall Membership Meeting of the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Historical Society will be held at the Niagara Railway Museum, located in the former Canadian National Railways Diesel Shop, at 21 Warren Street, Fort Erie, ON. Bill Sharpe will present a scenic slide show covering the eastern portion of the Welland Subdivision from Smithville onto the Canada Division of the New York Central and illustrate how the TH&B operated the eastern end of its network and gained access to Buffalo, NY. Interchange locations with connecting lines and major navigational water crossings are also highlighted in Bill's presentation which covers different eras in both black and white and colour images.
The Niagara Railway Museum is home to many artifacts, including several pieces of preserved prototype equipment, including TH&B 2676, a 100-Ton gondola constructed by National Steel Car in Hamilton in February 1966. TH&B 2676 is the last surviving TH&B gondola and was the last

Shows We Will Be Attending

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Mississauga Flea Market at John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd., Mississauga, Ont.
Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Greater Toronto Train Show at Brampton Fairgrounds, 12942 Heart Lake Rd., Caledon, Ont.
Sunday, October 20, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Woodstock Model Train Show at Woodstock Fairgrounds, 875 Nellis St., Woodstock, Ont.
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Niagara Model Railway Show at Merritton Community Centre, 7 Park Ave., St. Catharines, Ont.
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kitchener Model Train Show at Bingemans (Marshall Hall), 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, Ont.
Sunday, November 10, 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, January 26, 2020, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Hamilton & Ancaster Model Train Show at Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd. S., Ancaster, 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.

Download and print out the Adobe Acrobat PDF file below. The addresses for membership and back issue orders appear on the form. If you need the Adobat Acrobat Reader, you can download it from the link below.

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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 4

The Latest Issue:
Volume 15 Number 4, August, 2018

On the cover: The Aberdeen Raod Switcher, lead by GP-7 #75, GP-9#403 and SW-9 #57, approach the Poullette Street bridge in Hamilton, travelling eastward towards Port Maitland in June 1986. Dave Howard Photograph

Table of Contents:

TH&B Section Gangs and Their Tool Houses. By Kevin Leddy

TH&B Historical Society Executive Report

Photo Section: TH&B Tool Houses - Part -1

Form 1003 - Train Consist Report Nanticoke Steel Train- July 21, 1984

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: September 9, 2019