Timeline for  the six  Stratford railway stations  text by Dean Robinson

See YouTube Video   " The Railway Stations of Stratford"   at the  bottom by SDHS.

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No. 1-1856-Regent Street

Stratford’s first railway station received its first train on Sept. 3, 1856. The station was on the south end of Regent Street and faced Queen Street. See Regent Street

It received the Prince of Wales when he stopped in Stratford in 1860 on his cross-Canada tour. He became King Edward VII in 1901.

This station remained in service until 1867. It  was torn down after the GTR built a new one east of Nile Street and south of the present station, on Shakespeare Street. See Shakespeare Street

No. 2-1856-Nelson Street

The second station, at the corner of St. David and Nelson streets, had no connection to the Grand Trunk Railway. Rather, it belonged to the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway (B&LH) and welcomed its first locomotive on Dec. 8, 1856 (see Nelson Street).

That was three months after the first train had rolled into the GTR station on Regent Street (see Regent Street).

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No. 3-1861-Nile Street

In 1861, the city’s third station was built near the intersection of Nile and Shakespeare streets. It was a joint effort by the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) and the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway (B&LH), and was the city’s first “union” station. It lasted until 1870. Its location was at the junction of the two companies’ tracks (see Nile Street).

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No. 4-1870-Guelph Street

In 1870, the GTR erected Stratford’s fourth station, at the intersection of Guelph and Downie streets. Like station No. 3, it was a union station, built to serve the increased traffic created when the GTR established major motive power repair facilities just west of Downie Street. This GTR station was in use for more than four decades. See Guelph Street

No. 5-1875-Falstaff Street

In 1875, the Port Dover and Lake Huron Railway (PD&LH) built Stratford’s fifth railway station. It was near the corner of Falstaff and Nile streets. Its first train came to Stratford in 1876. It was little used as a station after the GTR took over the PH&LH company in 1922. In later years, the Cornish Coal Co. used the property as a coal yard. See Falstaff Street

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No. 6 -1913-Shakespeare Street

The city’s “grand old” train station still serves. Built in 1913 at 101 Shakespeare St., it has retained most of its original design, which was based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style. It was one of the most picturesque stations built by the GTR in western Ontario between the mid-1890s and the First World War. It was the visual crown to Stratford’s development as a railway centre, which included a huge GTR steam locomotive repair facility (see Shakespeare Street ).

Compiled by Gord Conroy