Opening of the Hall of Fame Exhibition Gallery
The North America Railway Hall of Fame exhibition gallery opened on September 17, 2013. The gallery is located on the second floor of the Canada Southern Railway Station, at 750 Talbot St., St. Thomas, and contains archival photographs of Hall of Fame inductees and an interactive tablet giving access to information on the 83 inductees brought into the Hall of Fame since 1999. The gallery also contains artifacts associated with inductees, including building materials from the historic Canada Southern Railway Station, a commemorative sign of Jumbo the elephant, a model of a Timken roller bearing, objects related to the history of the Railway Hospital Association, and archival materials connected with the Charity Helpmate Lodge (Lady Firemen).
This gallery was inaugurated during the week of festivities marking the return of a St. Thomas to Port Stanley passenger train service operating out of the re-created London & Port Stanley Railway Station. Service first began on this originally London to Port Stanley line 157 years ago, on September 25, 1856. This re-establishment of service is a back-to-the-future event.
The London & Port Stanley Railway was a 2008 inductee to the Hall of Fame. Port Stanley Terminal Rail, operators of the new service between St. Thomas and Port Stanley, was a 2012 inductee. The Canada Southern Railway Station was a 2001 inductee.
This event also marks the launch of the organization’s new web site www.narhf.org, and the launch of nominations for the 2014 round of nominations to the North America Railway Hall of Fame.
The development of the gallery and web site was supported by grants from the Government of Ontario’s Job Creation Partnership Program and the Museum and Technology Program.