Historic Puslinch Railway Station
to be Removed
(from the Guelph Mercury newspaper for February 17th
at Puslinch, by the Highway 6 overpass, eight miles southeast of Guelph, is to be torn
down or removed shortly. The building
has stood there since the railway itself was built more than 100 years
ago. The station, on the CPR mainline
between Windsor and Toronto, has been vacant since 1961. Puslinch township clerk, Doug Gilmour, said
that it was closed because no passengers were using it and hardly any express
deliveries were being made.
W. C. MacDonald,
proprietor of a nearby general store and post office, said the station was
called Schaw when it was originally built and not renamed Puslinch until the
post office was set up.
It was called
Schaw by mistake. The original settler
in the area, William Leslie, promised the Credit Valley
Railway free land and free right-of-way if they promised to name the station
Leslie. The railroad got its stations
mixed up and named the next stop west, Leslie, and this one, Schaw. Leslie station, near the Puslinch Lake, was
later renamed Killean.
Mr. Gilmour said
that the station was staffed by an agent until 1937 and then looked after by
a caretaker until 1961.
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