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!
Credit Valley Explorer Tourist Train
Take a ride on the Credit Valley Explorer and experience the picturesque beauty of the Hills of Headwaters. The 74-km excursion aboard classic rail cars travels along the Niagara Escarpment on a rail route established over 130 years ago. Known as southern Ontario’s most scenic rail tour, highlights include the 1,146-foot long trestle bridge spanning the Credit Valley and the Forks of the Credit Provincial Park at Cataract. Enjoy the interpretive commentary on the historical and natural elements of surrounding scenery, while friendly onboard staff serve complimentary refreshments.
Tours run year-round with themed tours available seasonally. Whether you are taking in the stunning fall colours, enjoying a romantic dinner aboard the Twilight train, or admiring the fresh blanket of snow lightly covering the exquisite natural landscape, you are sure to remember your trip on the Credit Valley Explorer Tour Train.
For more information and to book your trip today, visit www.creditvalleyexplorer.com.
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 a ticket office, a waiting area, and office space for Cando -- the short-line operator. For information on the tourist train visit http://www.creditvalleyexplorer.com/.