Library and Archives Canada (LAC) preserves a unique collection of railway advertising dating from the 1880s to the 1950s. A large portion of the collection was compiled and donated to LAC by Andrew Merrilees. The Merrilees material on this website is supplemented by selected material from LAC's general holdings. Also included are published audio and visual items from LAC.
Christmas card featuring a model of the Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo Railway No. 40 locomotive, signed by Andrew Merrilees
LAC would like to thank Monica MacDonald, a curatorial consultant whose former clients include the National Archives of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) / Société Radio Canada (SRC).
We are also grateful to Gene Allen, associate professor of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. His Ph.D. dissertation (University of Toronto, 1991) was entitled "The Origins of the Intercolonial Railway, 1835-1869." From 1997 to 2001, Allen was director of research for the CBC television series Canada: A People's History.
Michel Brisebois, curator of the Rare Book Collection at LAC, provided invaluable assistance in developing this site.
We also gratefully acknowledge the financial assistance of the Department of Canadian Heritage, whose ARCHIVED - Canadian Cultural Online Program (CCOP) made this work possible.
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