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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 Meeting
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The Spring Membership Meeting of the TH&B Historical Society will be held at the HOMES Model Railway Club and Museum located at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre, 460 Wentworth Street North, Hamilton, Ontario. The HOMES Club layout is located in the basement of the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre. The 1500 square foot HO Scale layout operates prototypically scheduled trains on the 1954 era TH&B Railway, interchanging with Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and New York Central on the Canada Southern. The railway features Digitrax DCC throttles, JMRI car forwarding/manifests, 4:1 speed fast clocks and radio communications. Brandon Bayer will have a presentation about the planning process of this layout and Ray Hoadley will have a presentation about Steel Mills in Hamilton, focusing on the TH&B.

Shows We Will Be Attending

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Burlington Model Railway Show at Saint John’s Anglican Church Hall, 2464 Dundas St., Burlington, Ont.
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Copetown Train Show at Copetown & District Community Centre, 1950 Govenor's Rd., Copetown, Ont.
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kitchener Model Train Show and Sale at  Bingemans (Marshall Hall), 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, Ont.
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Lakeshore Model Railroaders Show at John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Rd., Mississauga, Ont.
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Brantford Model Train Show at Best Western Brantford Hotel, 19 Holiday Dr., Brantford, Ont.
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Ancaster Collectorfest at Marritt Hall, Ancaster Fairgrounds, 630 Trinity Rd. S., Ancaster, Ont.
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:00 am to 3:30 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.

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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 14 Number 4

The Latest Issue:
Volume 15 Number 2, August 2016

On the cover: The Starlight from Toronto, led by CPR SD-40-2 #5552 and an unidentified MLW C-630M, are seen backing off of the west leg of the Main Street Wye and into the Chatham Street Roundhouse to return SW-9 #57 from servicing at Agincourt Yard in October 1982. Dave Howard Photograph.

Table of Contents:

Recollections ot the TH&B in Brantford By James Mittlefehldt and Bob Livingstone

Form 1003 - Freight Train Consist Report Extra East, November 10, I972.

TH&B Historical Society Executive Report

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: February 2, 2017