On Saturday, my dad, siblings and I went to Uxbridge to take a train trip on the York-Durham Heritage Railway. This special railway travels along part of the same route (from Uxbridge to Stouffville) that once made up the Toronto and Nipissing (T&N) Railway. The Toronto and Nipissing Railway was built in the late 1860s so that its owner, William Gooderham, a well-known distiller from Toronto, could transport grain to his distillery, lumber for export, and cordwood for resale. Service between Toronto and Uxbridge began in 1871, though the railway never extended to its intended target of Lake Nipissing (North Bay).
We all had a particular interest in this railway because my dad's grandparents settled in Uxbridge after emigrating from Britain. In fact, my dad used to have numerous relatives in Uxbridge. I'll mention two of these relatives later on in this entry. ( Yes, it's another post with pictures, but this time there's trains! )