It's not every Town that owns a rail line and operates an industrial rail service and a tourist train.
In September 2000, CPR transferred ownership of the 55-km (34-mile) section of railway that connects Orangeville to the CPR main line in Streetsville to the Orangeville Railway Development Corporation (ORDC). Many stakeholders co-operated to successfully purchase the line and connect with the CP main line in Mississauga, providing full rail service to Orangeville's Industrial Park, and assuring a reliable link to major Can-Am corridors.
Cando Contracting Ltd. (Cando) currently operates the railway on a two day per week basis (Tuesdays and Fridays), delivering resource materials to local manufacturers. Cando is a Manitoba-based rail services company with Ontario operations in St. Thomas, Hamilton, Kingston, and the Barrie-Collingwood corridor.
The Credit Valley Railway Company (CVR) built the rail line and extended rail service to Orangeville in 1879, not long after Orangeville was incorporated as a Town in 1874.
Over the years, different gauges, railway lines and railway companies have come and gone but the service had been constant since that time.
In September 2000, CPR transferred ownership of the 55-kilometre (34-mile) section of railway that connects Orangeville to the CPR mail line in Streetsville to the ORDC. Many stakeholders co-operated to successfully purchase the line.
The OBRY is in the railway business for the long haul!
Billed as the newest train station in Ontario, the Town of Orangeville officially opened the new building on Town Line May 31, 2007. The train station accommodates office space for the short-line operator.