Grand Trunk Railway

  1. Location and Background
  2. History
  3. Migrations and Towns
  4. Traveler : Albert Béliveau

  1. Location and Background
What eventually became the Grand Trunk Railway actually had its origins in a variety of uncompleted proposals. John Poor was an entrepreneur from Portland, Maine whose idea for an overland route between Maine and Canada was inspired by the failed effort in the 1830s to build a railway from Belfast, Maine to Quebec City. Poor first proposed construction of an ordinary road from Portland, Maine to Sherbrooke, Canada in 1844, but soon expanded it into his dream of the St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railway from Portland to Montréal.
Location Map

Grand Trunk Railway, 1850s.

(Adapted from Nick et Helma Mika, Railways of Canada : A Pictorial History, Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, Limited, 1972.)