Rail & Kingston

1871-1885
Map of the system of the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada. Direct route to all points in Canada and United States, the great International Route between the east and west. 1887. Matthews, Northrup & Co. Buffalo, N.Y Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Map of the system of the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada. Direct route to all points in Canada and United States, the great International Route between the east and west. 1887. Matthews, Northrup & Co. Buffalo, N.Y Source: Library and Archives Canada.

Negative feelings in Kingston and Macdonald's opposition to the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) can be attributed to: a timetable that was inconvenient to local business; it bypassing the city by two miles; and the influence of "men whose interests and pleasure it has always been to damage Kingston and revile its people." It was noted that Macdonald opposed the enterprise because "it was injurious to the interests of Kingston." By 1860, freight was served by a downtown GTR station and passengers by 1885. But by November 7 of that year, Macdonald's national interests were at the fore with the "Last Spike" at Craigellachie and the completion of Canadian Pacific Rail and the "National Dream."