Toronto Railway Museum Online Lecture

Toronto Railway Museum Online Lecture

Jan 19, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Toronto Railway Museum is organizing an online lecture on the theme – The Railways that Spurred Early Oil’s Expansion.

Before the arrival of the railroads local growth and development in Lambton County was at a standstill, the marshy land was not attractive to new settlers. This all changed in 1858 with the arrival of the Grand Trunk Railroad and the first commercial oil well dug by James Miller Williams starting production in Oil Springs Ontario.

The Black Gold Rush started attracting men from all over to seek their fortunes in the booming oil industry. The problems arise from lack of infrastructure on how to get this valuable product out of the swamps of Lambton.

In this talk we will look at how the booming oil industry and railroads are intrinsically linked in Lambton County spurring development from the building of the private Petrolia Spur line to the St Clair Tunnel to the USA.


Tickets for this event are FREE – registration is required (LINK).

Please note this event has a limited capacity. A waitlist will be enabled if the event space sells out.

Attendees will get access to our exclusive Zoom meeting room, where they can engage directly with the presenter and museum historians in a post-lecture Q&A.

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