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President's Address

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In my Waterloo County Railway History, read at the last annual meeting, I inadvertantly omitted mention of the Guelph-Goderich extension of the Canadian Pacific Railway, traversing the northern part of the county east and west through the townships of Woolwich and Wellesley. The Guelph Junction Railway, from Guelph Junction on the Toronto-Detroit line, is the C.P.R. link to Guelph. This link was built in 1888 and is owned by the City of Guelph. The extension from Guelph to Goderich was built in the years 1904 to 1907. Stations in Waterloo County are West Montrose, Elmira and Linwood, with Ariss and Wallenstein on the border of the County. From Linwood there is a branch to Listowell, 16.2 miles.

The first passenger train on the extension ran from Guelph to Elmira on the morning of July 12th, 1906, Civic holiday in Elmira that year. The regular passenger time table to Elmira did however not take effect until July 31st, 1906, and this was more than a year ahead of operation to Goderich. the dates of beginning of regular passenger traffic beyond Elmira are: to Milverton, October 22nd, 1906; to Blythe, July 19th, 1907 and finally to Goderich, August 30th, 1907. Passenger traffic on the Listowel branch began July 9th, 1908.

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