Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The first locomotive built in Canada

National Archives of Canada PA-138688
The 4-4-0 #2, named "The Toronto" and owned by the Simcoe & Huron Union Railroad Co. This was the first locomotive built in Canada, completed by the Toronto Locomotive Works on Saturday, April 16, 1853 and scrapped in 1881.
The foundry and factory was located at Queen and Yonge Streets in Toronto and was operated by Irish immigrant James Good. The company constructed twenty three locomotives between 1853 and 1859, before going back to stoves and other iron products. The last remnants of the factory disappeared in 1909.

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