The Railways of Ottawa

Finding No. 21   Railway Structures Destroyed (Mainly) by Fire


Over the years, a large number of Ottawa area railway structures have been destroyed by fire.  What follows is a list of those we have been able to identify.  They are shown in alphabetical order by location. Information in this page has been developed from:
Members of the Circle and others
 Ottawa area newspapers
     by line
     by year
 A listing of regulatory orders, orders in council etc., relating to the railways of Ottawa
 Colin Churcher's Research Notes from Library and Archives Canada
A review of Ottawa area items from the Railway and Shipping World
 Bytown Railway Society, Branchline.

Alexandria  GTR station burned 14 July 1915  Findings_Fire1915Alexandria.html
Alexandria  CNR station partially demolished in a derailment 25 June 1929 Wreck%20Details/1929Alexandria.html
Alfred Centre  CNR station - 9 March 1919.  Findings_FireAlfred1919.html
Apple Hill CPR station burned in wreckage of collision between two freight trains - 6 September 1916  Wreck%20Details/1916AppleHill.html
Athens  CNR station - 12 March 1942.  {Steve Hunter}{Bob Moore}  Findings_FireAthens1942.html
Aultsville  CNR station building and express shed damaged by a derailment - 24 November 1929 Wreck%20Details/1929Aultsville.html
Aylmer  CPR station - April 1891. Findings_FireAylmer1891.html
Aylmer CPR station - 24 November 1926. Findings_FireAylmer1926.html 
Aylmer CPR station - 31 January 1967. Findings_FireAylmer1967.html
Beachburg CNR station - destroyed by fire 27 February 1931. Findings_FireBeachburg1931.html
Bedell overhead highway bridge at m. 99.88, Winchester sub. - 12 May 1934. Findings_FireBedellBridge1934.html
Bellamy's  
CPR station, 6 November 1886. Findings_FireBellamy1886.html
Bells Corners Canada Central station destroyed by fire August 1870before the opening of the line) Findings_FireStittsville1870.html
Braeside  CPR station, 23 June 1919. Findings_FireBraeside1919.html
Bristol  Pontiac and Renfrew Ralway enginehouse destroyed by fire shortly before April 1891. Findings_FireBristol1891.html
Britannia  OER station, before 26 August 1908. Findings_FireBritannia1908.html
Brockville Brockville and Ottawa roundhouse 7 July 1870  Findings_FireBrockville1870.html
Brockville GTR freight sheds, partially destroyed - 11 July 1909 Findings_FireBrockville1909.html
Brockville
  GTR locomotive shed - spring 1971. {Phil Jago}
Brockville CNR Perth Street crossing gate tower, derailment caused a stove to explode 3 January 1971{Phil Jago} Wreck%20Details/1971Brockville.html
Buckingham CPR station - mid-April 1891. Findings_FireBuckingham1891.html
Caldwell  CNR station - 28 August 1924.  Findings_FireCaldwell1924.html
Cardinal GTR station - 6 February 1922. Findings_FireCardinal1922.html
Carleton Place Canada Central Railway - Fire at Carleton Place - May 1879 Findings_FireOttawa1879.html
Carleton Place CPR carpenters shop - 27 July 1897. Findings_FireCarletonPlace1897.html
Carleton Place CPR roundhouse roof - 12 December 1911. Findings_FireCarletonPlace1911.html
Carlsbad Springs  GTR station burned 12 September 1906. Findings_FireCarlsbad1906.html
Cascades
CPR station may have burned in 1910 but needs to be confirmed {Bruce Ballantyne}
Casselman
 CAR station and freight shed burned and bridge over South Nation river badly damaged by fire - 5 October 1897. Findings_FireCasselman1897.html
Casselman
CNR station - 12 September 1937.  Findings_FireCasselman1937.html
Cheney CAR. station - 5 October 1897. Findings_FireCasselman1897.html
Chats Falls
Union Forwarding and Railway freight house, wharf and a "few rods" of railway - 21 September 1860 Findings_FireChatsFalls1860.html
Chats Falls  
Union Forwarding and Railway - half a mile of track - 20 August 1870 Findings_FireChatsFalls1870.html
Chats Falls
Union Forwarding and Railway - half a mile of trestle - 4 July 1871 Findings_FireChatsFalls1871.html
Clarendon  CPR (K&P) station burned 2 December 1917  
Findings_FireClarendon1917.html
Cornwall Junction O&NY and GTR signal tower destroyed by fire 27 December 1916
Cornwall Junction O&NY and CNR station destroyed by fire - 24 August 1924 Findings_Fire1924CornwallJunction.html
Crysler Ottawa and New York Station Crysler partly Demolished by a Construction Train  5 August 1898 Findings_FireCrysler1898.html
Crysler Ottawa and New York Railway station - Burned 1 September 1908. Findings_FireCrysler1908.html
Dalkeith - GTR pump house, engine room and water tank - 7 December 1907  Findings_FireDalkeith1907.html
Dalkeith - GTR station, before April 1914. 
De Beaujeu - see St. Polycarpe Junction.
Deschenes Hull Electric Railway power house - 19 October 1909. Findings_FireDeschenes1909.html
Deschenes Hull Electric Railway power house (unused for four years) - 24 May 1932 Findings_FireDeschenes1932.html
Douglas CAR station -  March 1902. Findings_FireDouglas1902.html
Dwyer Hill CNR station and freight shed - 12 May 1941.  Findings_FireDwyerHill1941.html
Eganville GTR station and freight shed - 22 April 1915. Findings_FireEganville1915.html
Embrun O&NY trestle - 11 July 1908. Findings_FireEmbrun1908.html
Farrelton ON&W station - 27 October 1902 Findings_FireFarrelton1902.html
Federal (Rideau Junction) Canadian Northern Railway coal plant - October 1916.
Finch Interlocking Tower  CPR/NYC - 1923 or 1924 Chris Granger
Finch  CPR/NYC station and freight shed - 5 August 1926.  Findings_Fire1926Finch.html
Forfar  CNR station - 27 September 1941 Findings_FireForfar1941.html
Forfar  CNR section house - 17 February 1979 
Findings_FireForfar1979.html
Gatineau CPR station - 29 May 1992 {5}
Glasgow  CNR station - 26 March 1945. Findings_FireGlasgow1945.html
Glen Robertson  GTR station - c.1916. 
Glen Sandfield GTR station  - 15 August 1920 Findings_FireGlenSandfield1920.html
Gracefield O&G station - 18 December 1895. Findings_FireGracefield1895.html
Gracefield CPR station - 3 September 1926. Findings_FireGracefield1926.html
Haleys  CPR station - demolished by a derailment of the Soo Express and subsequently caught fire - 10 December 1900.  Wreck%20Details/1900Haleys.html
Hammond  Grand Trunk station - 13 June 1914 Findings_FireHammond1914.html
Hawkesbury CAR roundhouse 26 November 1898  Findings_FireHawkesbury1898.html
Hawkesbury CNOR station - 28 December 1904 Findings_FireHawkesbury1904.html
Hawkesbury GTR station, partially destroyed by fire - 14 April 1910 Findings_FireHawkesbury1910.html
Hawkesbury CNR (former GTR station) burned in the late 1970s or early 1980s. It had been moved and was used by Siversky's Hardware (Jim Christie)
Hull C.P.R. station badly damaged in the General Explosives explosion, 9 May 1910 Findings_FireHull1910.html
Hull  north end of the Interprovincial Bridge - 29 March 1946.  Findings_FireHullInterprovincialBridge1946.html
Jasper (first) station - believed destroyed by fire in 1871 Findings_FireJasper1871.html
Jasper (second) station - destroyed by fire 17 June 1971 Findings_FireJasper1971.html

Kemptville St. Lawrence and Ottawa station - destroyed in a storm 8 June 1874 Findings_FireKemptville1874.html
Kinburn CNR station - June 1935. This was noted by Aubrey Mattingly but from later photographs this doesn't appear to have been the case.  Maybe this was a minor fire which did not destroy the fabric of the building.
Kingston Kingston, Portsmouth and Cataraqui Electric Railway workshop - 1 June 1902 Findings_FireKingston1902.html
Kingston CPR (K&P) car shops -12 September 1905. Findings_FireKingston1905.html
Kingston Kingston, Portsmouth and Cataraqui Electric Railway car barns - 13 January 1909. Findings_FireKingston1909.html
Kingston Kingston, Portsmouth and Cataraqui Electric Railway car barns - 1 March 1930 (this ended service) Findings_FireKingston1930.html
Kingston Kingston, Canadian Pacific Freight Office burned 29 December 1939. Findings_FireKingston1939.html
Laframboise - Canadian Northern station hit by lightning - 10 September 1912. 
Limoges - see South Indian 
Manotick
C.P.R. station and agent's house - Spring 1889.
Masson QG (CPR/QMO&O) Station at Masson Destroyed by Heavy Snowfall 11 March 2021 Findings_FireMasson2021.html
Maxville GTR station platforms and five boxcars loaded with pressed hay - 5 July 1911. Findings_FireMaxville1911.html
Moose Creek  station destroyed by fire - 13 April 1955 Findings_FireMooseCreek1955.html
Nolans CNoR station destroyed by fire when a kerosene lamp tipped over. (local story).
Newboro BW&SSM station - early August 1892 (hit by lightning). Findings_FireNewboro1892.html
Newington NYC station seriously damaged in a tornado 2 August 1935. Findings_FireNewington1935.html
Ottawa Ottawa and Prescot Railway engine house - 14 November 1857. Findings_FireOttawa1857.html
Ottawa Ottawa and Prescott Railway Sussex Street/McTaggert Street station - 7 May 1860.  Findings_FireOttawa1860.html
Ottawa Canada Central Blacksmiths shop in the Chaudiere dstroyed by fire - 17 February 1871 Findings_FireOttawa1871.html
Ottawa Canada Central Railway - general fire of September 1874 Findings_FireOttawa1874.html
Ottawa Canada Central Railway - bush fires between Stittsville and Ashton - July 1878 Findings_FireOttawa1878.html
Ottawa CPR, car shed at the Chaudiere - 3 February 1890.  Findings_FireOttawa1890.html
Ottawa CPR, formerly St. Lawrence and Ottawa freight shed, formerly station, on Sussex Street - 1 July1895. Findings_FireOttawa1895.html
Ottawa CAR Elgin Street roundhouse - 3 August 1899. Findings_FireOttawa1899.html 
Ottawa Great Fire of 1900 - to be done.
Ottawa CAR Ottawa East car repair shops at Stewarton - 21 March 1902. Findings_FireOttawa1902.html
Ottawa GTR freight shed - 15 August 1918.  Findings_FireOttawa1915.html
Ottawa Hull Electric waiting room under the Chateau Laurier - 16 January 1922.  Findings_FireOttawa1922.html
Ottawa Hall Fuels Ltd., warehouse, coal trestle,stockpiles (also 22 railway cars)  - 26 June 1956 Findings_FireOttawa1956.html
Ottawa CNR car department office and stores building (eastern end), former CAR first passenger station (Elgin Street) - 21 December 1941.Findings_FireOttawa1941.html
Ottawa City Passenger Railway  New Edinburgh stables hit by lightning and partially destroyed - 11 August 1891. Findings_FireOttawa1891.html
Ottawa, Central Depot  Canada Atlantic Station built too close to the Tracks 19 December 1895.  Findings_FireOttawaCentralDepot1895.html
Ottawa, Mann Avenue New York Central station - 1 April 1945 Findings_FireOttawaNYC1945.html
Ottawa Electric Railway 
Power Station at the Chaudiere Hit by Lightning 11 August 1891. Findings_FireLightningOttawa1891.html
Ottawa Electric Railway storehouse adjacent to Albert street car barn - 6 January 1894. Findings_FireOttawaElectric1894.html
Ottawa Electric Railway Middle Street stables and machine shop - 5 May 1925. Findings_FireOttawaElectric1925.html
Ottawa Electric Railway  Rockcliffe street car barn - 25 September 1927. Findings_FireOttawaElectric1927.html
Ottawa Electric Railway  Rockcliffe street car barn - 18 September 1932. 
Findings_FireOttawaElectric1932.html
Ottawa Electric Railway  Rockcliffe street car barn - 23 June 1937. Findings_FireOttawaElectric1937.html
Ottawa  Rochesterville, J.R. Booth piling grounds, trackage and platforms. 26 August 1894 Findings_FireOttawa1894.html
Ottawa West Canadian Pacific (formerly Canada Central) roundhouse - 26 October 1883. Findings_FireOttawa1883.html
Ottawa West Canadian Pacific Union passenger depot - 14 November 1895. Findings_FireOttawaWest1895.html
Ottawa West the Great Fire of Ottawa-Hull 26 April 1900 destroyed the CPR station, freight shed and facilities. {1}
Ottawa West central and east sections of roundhouse - 20 February 1905. Findings_FireOttawaWest1905.html
Ottawa West east wing of roundhouse - 12 April 1910. Findings_FireOttawaWest1910.html
Ottawa West third CPR station burned 1968 -1969. (Bruce Chapman)
Pakenham CPR was damaged as a result of a landslip - 12 April 1887 Findings_FirePakenham1887.html
Pana NYC (O&NY) station burned  6 December 1986 It had been used as a house after closure of the line in 1957. Findings_FirePana1986.html
Pembroke  Part of freight shed and office, 6 December 1948 
Pendleton CPR station destroyed by fire 25 June 1944 Findings_FirePendleton1944.html
Perth CPR car shops - 5 July 1902. Findings_FirePerth1902.html
Perth CPR locomotive house - 21 November 1926. Findings_FirePerth1927.html
Petawawa CPR station and two cars of plasterer's materials - 2 July 1883 Findings_FirePetawawa1884.html
Prescott CPR Prescott roundhouse - 12 April 1909. Findings_FirePrescott1909.html
Prescott CPR offices, freight shed and nine boxcars on freight shed siding - 20 November 1912. Findings_FirePrescott1912.html
Prescott Canadian Car and Passenger Transit building - 1970. {Phil Jago}
Renfrew CPR Roundhouse partially destroyed  11 January 1926 Findings_FireRenfrew1926.html
Renfrew CPR Freight shed destroyed by fire 1974 {Raymond Farand}
Renfrew CNR station 8 January1987 Findings_FireRenfrew1987.html
Rideau (near Kingston)
GTR station - 13 July 1912. Findings_FireRideau1912.html
Rideau (near Kingston) CNR station - 16 December 1933. Findings_FireRideau1933.html
Russell NYC Station minor damage 8 January 1934 Findings_FireRussell1934.html
Sharbot Lake K&P pumphouse and part of Union station - 7 May 1898. Findings_FireSharbot%20Lake1898.html
Smiths Falls CPR roundhouse - 24 August 1893. Findings_FireSmithsFalls1893.html
Smiths Falls  CPR coal dump - 17 January 1913. Findings_FireSmithsFalls1913.html
Smiths Falls CPR freight shed - 2 March 1922. Findings_FireSmithsFalls1922.html
Smiths Falls CPR station, ground floor burnt out - 6 January 1930 Findings_FireSmithsFalls1930.html
South Indian CAR station and water tank - 5 October 1897 Findings_FireCasselman1897.html
South Indian GTR passenger and freight station  - 1909. Findings_FireSouthIndian1909.html
St. Polycarpe GTR station - 12 May 1914. Findings_FireSTPolycarpe1914.html
St. Polycarpe Junction CAR/CPR station damaged by a freight train collision 4 December 1898 Wreck%20Details/1898StPolycarpe.html
St. Polycarpe Junction (De Beaujeu) GTR/CPR station, before 15 September 1925. Findings_FireSTPolycarpe1925.html
Stitt(s)ville a fire started during construction of the Canada Central Railway in 1870 caused extensive damage - August 1870  Findings_FireStittsville1870.html
Thurso CPR station and Freight Shed - 23 December 1947. Findings_FireThurso1947.html
Tweed CPR station - 27 December 1941.  Findings_FireTweed1941.html
Vars GTR station - 9 August 1907. Findings_FireVars1907.html
Yonges Mills Section Foreman's house - 1990's. {Phil Jago}

Updated 18 March 2022

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