The first train
Alexander Grant Stratford-Public Achieves
A train, similar, to the Grand Trunk Railroad wood burner 'Toronto', (above) the first steam locomotive built in Toronto circa 1853, was the first steam engine to pass through Stratford on a scheduled run when the Grand Trunk reached the town in 1856.
The Toronto Locomotive Works, which built the "Toronto", also constructed a total of eight steam engines for the Grand Trunk between 1854 and 1859. It was most likely one of these locomotives that was used on the first train into Stratford. Source: Toronto Railway Museum
Art by Rick Thistle
One of the first locomotives: a Dorchester Canadian (1836-1860)
Stamp issued 1983
The Decker Steam Tractors, built by the Macdonald Company
The Decker Steam Tractors were once built on Railway Avenue by the Macdonald Company (MacDonald also). The Macdonald machines were a copy/Canadian licence of a Baker steam engine made in Swanton Ohio. Macdonald got the licence to make the Baker design in Canada. Macdonald Steam engines are rare as their are only 9-10 engines in existence along with various threshing machine and separators, clover haulers and other equipment made by Macdonald. Macdonald also made some gasoline tractors in the teens and early 1920s in Stratford
The photograph below on the left was made from an old engraving plate used to print pamphlets advertising the Decker Steam Tractor seen here which was made by the Macdonald manufacturing Company which had a huge frame plant on Railway Avenue. Source: John Perusello on Stratford and District Historical Society FB.
Decker Steam Tractor built by Macdonald Company Railway Avenue. Photo: Stratford and District Historical Society FB
Later Model Decker Tractor built on Railway Avenue. Photo: Courtesy of John Perusello on Stratford and District Historical Society FB