|St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railway, Billings station for the Exhibition 1875-1879|
Canada Atlantic, Elgin Street, departure of "D" Battery for service in South Africa Monday 15 January 1900
Canada Atlantic, Elgin Street, special military train for those who fought in South Africa 11 January 1901
Canada Atlantic, Elgin Street for Royal Visit 21 September 1901
Canadian National, Renfrew subdivision, Island Park Drive, for the 1939 Royal Visit
Canadian National, Deep Cut, Alexandria subdivision, for the visit of President Roosevelt in August 1943.
Canadian National, Island Park Driveway, Renfrew subdivision, for the visit of President Truman 10 - 13 June 1947
Canadian Pacific, Broad Street for the Marian Congress 22 June 1948
Canadian National, Renfrew subdivision, to accommodate trains for Orangemen Centenary 12 July 1948
Canadian National, Island Park Drive, Renfrew subdivision for the 1951 Royal Visit
|Ottawa Times 20 August 1875|
Mr. Thomas Reynolds, Managing Director of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway returned from Montreal yesterday afternoon after making arrangements with the Grand Trunk Railway in conjunction with his own line, to carry passengers and stock, coming to the Exhibition, both ways at a single fare. A siding will be erected at Billings crossing for the accommodation of the public and to accommodate the landing of stock. This arrangement is a good one and will afford many facilities which could not be obtained had not the above plan been adopted.
Ottawa Times14 September 1875
As will be seen in an advertisement in another column, the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway will run six trains daily during the week of the Exhibition. This will be a great convenience to the travelling public. A landing at which passengers can alight and freight and livestock be unloaded, has been erected on the line near Billings Bridge. Distance from Exhibition ground about three fourths of a mile, over an excellent road. All trains stop at the exhibition landing. This shows commendable enterprise on the part of the railway company.
Ottawa Times 18 September 1875
During the exhibition the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway will issue from both Ottawa and Exhibition Landing stations, tickets to Kemptville and back by their 5.15 p.m., and 7.20 p.m. trains good for two days. Fare, 50 cts. for the double journey.
Ottawa Times 20 September 1875
Seventeen passenger cars laden with passengers for the Exhibition arrived by the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Railway yesterday morning.
The first rush to attend the fair began on Saturday. Over sixty carloads of freight and livestock came by the St. Lawrence and Ottawa road alone on Saturday.
Note - the first day of the exhibition was Monday 20th.
Ottawa Free Press 25 August 1879
The St.L. & O. R.R. authorities are engaged extending the siding and otherwise improving the station and grounds to be used by the exhibitors at the forthcoming Dominion Exhibition. The station is within half a mile of the grounds, and it is intended to furnish such facilities as will make it convenient to unload everything intended for the exhibition.
Ottawa Free Press 10 September 1879
The St.L. & O. R.R. exhibition station. The sidings and station buildings at Exhibition Landing, St.L. & O.R.R. are now about completed. They are sufficiently extensive to accommodate all probable exhibitors, and the nearness of the station, about 3/4 of a mile to the exhibition grounds, will reduce the care and anxiety of exhibitors to a minimum
|Ottawa Journal Saturday 13 January 1900|
OUR SOLDIERS OF THE QUEEN
BATTERY WILL LEAVE FROM CENTRAL DEPOT.
Public Will Therefore Have a Chance to Say Au Revoir.
The complete arrangement for the departure ot the troops havE been made. Very early Monday morning the men will depart from the Exhibition grounds, with all their baggage and guns. These with the horses they will will bring to the Elgin street depot and will pack upon special cars that will be waiting for them. Then the men will form up and will march In Elgin street direct to the Central depot.
The men will come along Elgin St. about half-past nine or a little before. The military train, which will consist of seventeen or eighteen cars in all, is timed to leave at ten o'clock. The officers say that ths work will be done so that ths train can leave at the hour arranged. In the city it is thought likely that the train will not get away much before eleven o'clock.
Ottawa Journal Monday 15 January 1900
The men numbered about one hundred and seventy, and the horses one hundred and thirty-seven. The men had decorated their horses with flags and; the animals, carefully, groomed. looked their best. The battalion marched out the Elgin street gate and along that road to the Elgin street depot, where the horses were loaded.
Ottawa was out in full force at the depot. The horses were loaded on the trains as soon as they arrived. The scene was a very unusual one, full cf Incident and adventure. The horses were nervous at the noise of the trains and many of them refused to go into the cars at all. Then force had to be used and some very exciting incidents occurred.
Gunner F. Phillips of Port Hope was leading a handsome chestnut. The horse became entirely unmanageable, lt fought, bit and reared like nothing but a mad horse. Phillip, with a bravery that all the officers commended, held on to his horse, although he was flung all over the field. Another man let go his animal in the excitement and there was a wild chase for it.
But the horses were loaded at last, sixteen to a car. One men was stationed in each car to look after the beasts.
Some of the people cheered the men when the horses were being put into the cars. In return about thirty of them sang "I'll leave my happy home for you," and the appropriate sentiment was cheered again. ' Gunner Phillips received a round of applause, for his management of the horses.
How the Troops Moved From Depot to Depot.
Never was there a more entbusiastic send-off given to any troops leaving for the field of battle than that which was accorded the members of "D" Battery as they marched up Elgin street to the Central Depot. Right from the start of the parade at the old Elgin street station up to the point of departure crowds of people lined both sides of the road. At some places they were so thick that even the sturdy soldiers found dllticulty in making their way.
|Ottawa Journal 11 January 1901|
Military train arrived at Elgin Street at 12 20 noon and the official reception took place at the Drill Hall.
Brown as Indians, broad shouldered, healthy, bright eyed and happy looking, the "D" Batterymen arrived at the Elgin street depot to-day at twelve twenty, noon.
Major Hurdman and Lieut E.W.B. Morrison, were both looking splendid. There was not that regard for dress which marked their appearance when they left Ottawa last year, but there were indications of fitness for duty and present in the minds of all spectators was the good record of the men of "D" battery.
All wore wide sombrero hats.Some of the gunners had their hats turned up on one side, and on the turn was a St. Andrews cross of red and blue, the colors of the battery. All wore khaki uniforms, some with great coats, some without.
Detatchments from the Guards, Rifles Dragoons and second Field Battery attended and lined up on Elgin street near the tracks.
On 21 September 1901 the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York arrived in Ottawa (Elgin Street station) from Montreal over the Canada Atlantic Railway behind locomotives 618 and 620. The Elgin Street station had been closed to passengers on 23 december 1895 and a pavilion was erected to receive the royal couple.
These two pictures recorded the occasion. On the right hand side can be seen the Elgin Street station - the only pictures which have been found of this station.
LAC PA-11856, Topley Collection
The pavilion was on the south side of the tracks (Renfrew subdivision) so the photographer is looking east down the line towards the city
From the Ottawa Citizen 26 August 1943
Mr. Roosevelt left Ottawa last night as unobstrusively as he arrived at 11 25 in the morning. After brief respite at Laurier House, home of Prime Minister Mackenzie King where the two "old friends" chatted over an evening meal. F D R. left for the Nicholas street siding, where he boarded a special train.
|Ottawa Citizen 3 June 1947|
As on the occasion when President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Ottawa in August. 1943. the Ottawa public is to be given ample opportunity to see and greet President Truman, Mrs. Truman and daughter, Miss Margaret Truman. These occasions embrace the ceremonial nine -mile drive through the city on arrival Tuesday afternoon at 3.30 at Island Park Driveway railway siding via the Driveway and Sussex street to Government House where they will be guests while here.
|The crowds for the Marian Congress on the weekend of 20-22 June 1948 were so great that the CPR Broad street station are was opened specially to load and dispatch some trains to take the load off the Ottawa Union station. Passenger trains stopped using this station in January 1920 when all trains were diverted into Union station, and the station buildings had been demolished by about 1930.|
|From the Ottawa Citizen 2 July 1948|
Orangemen get ready
Nine special trains to bring crowds here.
Arrangements were announced today for the arrival during the morning of July 12, of nine special trains which will bring lodges to Ottawa for the celebration of the centenary of the Carleton County Orange Lodge at Lansdowne Park.
A temporary railway station will be provided at the siding on Carling avenue, west of the Experimental Farm, where King George and Queen Elizabeth stepped from the Royal train nine years ago for their Ottawa visit.
On their royal tour, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip detrained on 10 October 1951 at 10:00 at a special station constructed at Island Park Drive on the Renfrew subdivision.
Updated 7 December 2018