Presentation Explores History of Water and Rail Transportation in Kingston

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The Heritage Resource Centre will host a talk by Steven Manders entitled “Early Water and Rail Transportation in Kingston” on Tuesday, March 27 at 10 a.m. in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St.

Steven Manders is an expert on the transportation history of Kingston and Eastern Ontario and the author of the book The First Spike. His book, a historical tour guide with 450 colour photos, explores the building of half a dozen local railways, the earliest roads, 9 tramways, and some unknown canals.

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Together with a group of like-minded explorers, Steven has made several discoveries of abandoned railroads that reached far into the woods north of Kingston. Mander’s presentation will feature his collected first-hand accounts, photographs, and artifactual evidence of rail lines and tramways.

This is the seventh presentation in the City’s Heritage Resource Centre speaker series.

Registration is free and open to the public. Reserve your spot now at

Release source: City of Kingston
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