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Free Train Rides


Family fun departing from the CASO Station hourly!


All train rides are FREE! Pick up your tickets at the Canada Southern Railway Station on the day of the train ride. First come, first serve! Donations are greatly appreciated and will help support future Iron Horse Festivals and preserving the Canada Southern Railway Station.

Train Schedule
donations accepted
  • THURSDAY | 6PM, 7PM
  • FRIDAY | 5PM, 6PM, 7PM
  • SATURDAY | 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM, 6PM, 7PM
  • SUNDAY | 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM, 5PM


The Elgin County Railway Museum


Visit the museum and see real trains in a real locomotive shop!

The Elgin County Railway Museum is located in the former Michigan Central Railroad (MCRR) locomotive repair shops. The 55,000 square foot “shops” building have served as headquarters of the museum since 1988. Locomotive, passenger car and railway service vehicle repairs and restorations are performed today. Guided tours of the Elgin County Railway Museum are available year round.

>>   Check out the incredible model railway of our very own Elgin County, featuring historic train locations in our region!

Visit the Elgin County Railway Museum Website


Canada Southern Railway Station


 
Magnificent in its heyday, the Canada Southern Railway Station is still one of the largest buildings in the city of St. Thomas.

The North America Railway Hall of Fame is the main space at the Canada Southern Station (CASO). Built in 1871–1873, the Station has been a prominent landmark of the city of St. Thomas for over a century.

The building’s grandeur was impressive. The 1882 publication Picturesque Canada reported that the station was “one of the finest in the Dominion, and reminds one of the large structures in Chicago and New York.”

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2017 Psychic Fair at CASO Station

Free Admission

We all know and love that Iron Horse Festival brings great rides, food, and music, but did you know that there is also a PSYCHIC Fair!?

Our Psychic Fair at CASO Station; 750 Talbot St., St Thomas, Ontario! Come visit with us inside this gorgeous historic building and learn, heal your soul, be enlightened! We have an exciting line up of Vendors and Readers offering several avenues for spiritual growth and healing! Have a reading and learn what Spirit has to tell you. Connect with loved ones from the other side. Learn what is in store for your future! Partake in energy healing and find tables of spiritual, natural items and products.

  • August 18 | 11am-8pm
  • August 19 | 10am-8pm
  • August 20 | 11am-4pm

Featuring…

  • Medium Kathleen- Kathleen Janes, Spiritual Psychic, Medium, Grief Coach.
  • The Blue Hair Medium – Rev Kathryn Louise. Colour Work, Spiritual Medium Muze.
  • Believe In Angels And Beyond – Medium Lena Kamenicky. Angel Readings, Medium.
  • Maple Tree Druidry, Caroline Whitehead
  • Taro, Tea Leaf Reader -Loraine Watkins, Spiritual Medium
  • Your Souls Content – Claudia Dale, Healer
  • Chris’ Gems and Jewellery – Christopher Mawson
  • Gypsy Scents- Kimi Bois – Organic body care products.
  • Laura Dunn – Reiki, oils, bio mat, salts.
  • It Rocks Good Vibrations -Joan Younker
  • TeaLife – Organic Canadian Tea Company. Flavoured and Wellness teas.

All vendors are available each day. Prices for readings/ products/ hearings vary.


Why do we call St. Thomas “Canada’s Railway Capital”?

St. Thomas was an important railway town. At its peak, it was a hub for a multitude of prominent railways, and served as the primary stop on the Canadian short cut between Detroit and Buffalo.

By 1914 a total of eight different railways brought in more than 100 trains per day.A more profound reason is the importance of the railways to St. Thomas. To be sure, there were major cities in Canada that also served as booming railways centres. But the railways transformed St. Thomas from a town of just 1700 people in 1860 to a city of more than 35,000 people today. The railways brought St. Thomas jobs and prosperity.

St. Thomas became known internationally, though the incident that made St. Thomas a household name was an unfortunate one. On September 15, 1885, Jumbo the elephant, star of the Barnum and Bailey Circus, was struck and killed in St. Thomas by a Grand Trunk locomotive. On the one hundredth anniversary of Jumbo’s death, the city dedicated a monument to Jumbo.

Magnificent in its heyday, the Canada Southern Railway Station is still one of the largest buildings in the city of St. Thomas. Other Local attractions include the Elgin County Railway Museum and the North America Railway Hall of Fame.

Every August people from St. Thomas and visitors from far and wide come to celebrate the railway influence in the Iron Horse Festival. The current community focus is a fundraising effort to save the old railway station, originally built in 1872. In addition to preserving an important historical landmark, the project also promises to rejuvenate the downtown core and serve as a testament to the enduring legacy the railways have left on St. Thomas, Canada’s railway capital.

Courtesy St. Thomas Downtown Development Board