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Tunnel History

Although little known, the oldest railway tunnel in Canada actually exists under the downtown core of Brockville, Ontario, the tranquil community located on the shores of the St Lawrence River at the eastern edge of the Thousand Islands

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Tunnel Vision

It is sometimes said that “a tunnel is not a tunnel, unless you can go through it”. And it is the goal of the City’s tunnel advisory committee to again see the oldest railway tunnel in Canada open for traffic.

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Railway Town

Railway mania gripped Canada in the 1850s so strongly that the citizens of the town of Brockville decided that they must have a railway. It’s now or never! If we allow the present opportunity to pass, we may as well bid it long farewell to our prosperity; but if embraced, as it should be, a bright and glorious future lies before us.

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{ A tunnel is not a tunnel, unless you can go through it! }

Market Study Indicates Positive Economic Impact

May 9th, 2014 by

  A 2013-2014 Market Study Assessment performed by TCI Management Consultants indicates a potential economic impact of 1.1 million annually for the Brockville area.   In August 2013, following a public tendering process, TCI Management Consultants was retained to undertake a market assessment study for the Brockville Tunnel, Canada’s first railway tunnel and a key  Continue Reading »

Spring Clean-up Included North Entrance

May 9th, 2014 by

April 27, 2014 We did it! About 25 bags of garbage were collected from the north end area of the Railway Tunnel! Cheers to our great clean up crew (L to R); Lorraine Strong, Dave LeSueur, Raul Cirne, Pete VanderVelde, Keith Hare, Chris Hansen, Brian Porter, Maggie Wheeler, Doug Grant (missing from photo; Doug Smith).  Continue Reading »

Tunnel Project Gets $300K

June 14th, 2012 by

When it comes to the historic railway tunnel revitalization project, city council is almost all aboard – at least for the first stop. Council voted Tuesday night in favour of contributing $300,000 toward the project, over a four-year period, and including it on its list of capital priorities. The money will go toward the repair  Continue Reading »

Brockville in Canadian Railway Hall of Fame

May 10th, 2012 by

  As Brockville officially joined the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Tuesday, locals were looking down the line to a revamped railway tunnel and greater tourism success.   “Let’s get on board,” Brian Porter, a local historian and member of the railway tunnel advisory committee said in front of the historic railway tunnel’s south end.  Continue Reading »

City Approves Market Study

May 10th, 2012 by

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