End of the Line: The 1857 Train Wreck at the Desjardins Canal Bridge (Paperback)Don McIver (author)
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Sixty people died in 1857, leaving behind their stories and the tales of those involved.
In 1857, the Desjardins Canal bridge collapsed under a Toronto-to-Hamilton train, creating one of the worst railway wrecks in North American history. Sixty lives, including that of the main contractor, were lost. The story of how the Great Western Railway was conceived, where it was located, and how it was constructed is replete with high irony covering political intrigue, commercial skullduggery, and bold entrepreneurship. Woven into the tragic events of that cold March evening are a cross-section of pre-Confederation Canadians whose lives contrasted sharply with the dour stereotypical view of pioneering Canada.
End of the Line portrays the personalities of these global travellers, burgeoning industrialists, and simple railway servants - all connected by the common thread of catastrophe. Particular attention is focused on the little-known life of Samuel Zimmerman - the irrepressible contractor who died in the accident. Captured throughout is the spirit of economic venture infecting the mood of the continent.
Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
It's clear that McIver's work is a labour of love, which mitigates the potential of this tragic event and the circumstances that prevailed, from being faded from memory. At approximately 200 pages, the book is well written and educational. McIver's use of the English language is superb. End of the Line is essential reading for anyone who is interested in rail, historical Hamilton or the lessons learned from our past.* The Hamiltonian *
A very interesting study into one of the early tragedies on Canadian Railways presented in a readable style and packed with information. * Branchline *