The former Union Station building, initially known as Grand Trunk Central Station, was designed by Montreal-based architecture firm Ross & MacFarlane. The firm’s Beaux- Arts concept was praised as “strikingly beautiful” by city council and newspaper reporters of the day. Hallmarks of the Beaux-Arts style are evident in the building’s theatrical, monumental and self-confident use of classical forms such as the columns, entablatures, pilasters, domes and arches.
Union Station was built to serve as Ottawa’s central railway station. It was constructed on the site of the old Central Railway Depot, built in 1896 by the Canada Atlantic Railway established some eighteen years earlier by Canadian lumber baron John R. Booth.
Construction of the new station began in July 1909. After multiple delays the station finally opened to the public in June 1912.
The Château Laurier Hotel, constructed during the same time frame and located across the street, opened on the same day. The Hotel and Station were connected by a tunnel.
The threat to the Union Station building began in the late 1940s when “The Greber Plan” recommended removal of the railways from central Ottawa in favour of a scenic driveway. Read more here.. CLICK
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Train Wreck January 21, 1969– Almonte Gazette
The McKellar Train Derailment 1913
Clippings of The Old Perth Train Station
The Glen Tay Train Wrecks of Lanark County
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Tragedy and Suffering in Lanark County-Trains and Cellar Stairs
I was Born a Boxcar Child- Tales of the Railroad
The Lanark County “Carpetbaggers”–Lanark Electric Railway
The Titanic of a Railway Disaster — Dr. Allan McLellan of Carleton Place
What Happened on the CPR Railway Bridge?
Memories from Carleton Place–Llew Lloyd and Peter Iveson
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The trial of W. H. S. Simpson the Railway Mail Clerk
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The Kick and Push Town of Folger
Train Accident? Five Bucks and a Free Lunch in Carleton Place Should Settle it
The Men That Road the Rails
The Mystery Streets of Carleton Place– Where was the First Train Station?
Memories of When Rail was King- Carleton Place
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