Great Western Railway Company [textual record, architectural drawing; graphic material]
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Great Western Railway Company [textual record, architectural drawing; graphic material]Hierarchical level:Sub-seriesDate:1837-1960Reference:R231-200-8-E, RG30M 79003/5, RG30-I-F-1Type of material:Textual material, Architectural and technical drawings, PhotographsFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:163007
Record Information – DetailsSub-series includes:5 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1837-1960Place of creation:CanadaExtent:8.57 m of textual records: includes x ledgers
1 architectural drawing : ink, col. on tracing linen, mounted on muslin
x photographs: b&wLanguage of material:EnglishScope and content:Sub-series consists of records created and maintained by the Great Western Railway Company and its predecessors and includes administrative, financial and operational records.
There are three lower level sub-sub-series, entitled Corporate Records, Operational Records, and Miscellaneous Records.
The Corporate Records Sub-sub-series consists of records (mostly ledger books) created and maintained by the Great Western Railway Company and its predecessors and includes:
stock records, 1837-1883,
fiscal records, 1850-1888,
property records, 1851-1960,
and annual reports and reports of proceedings, 1852-1876.
More specifically, and as noted in most of the lower level descriptions, there are:
Shareholders Minute Book of Meetings, 1853-1861 (Volume 1)
Minute Books of: Canadian Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Managing Committee, and Officers Minutes.
There is also a Minute Agreement book which contains a statement that recounts the history of requests for governmental assistance giving transcripts of pertinent correspondence, legislation, minutes, etc.
Also, there are minute books of the English Board of Directors. These were created in the Hamilton Offices of the GWR by pasting foolscap correct copy sent over by the London Board into volumes with ready-made paper hinges. All volumes have items numbered, and the meetings were held at 29 Austin Friars, London, U.K.
The Operational Records sub-sub-series consists of records includes mechanical equipment and casualty reports and pay lists. The pay lists include the Car Department Pay Roll for 1861, with the following locations with employees: Hamilton (247), Galt (2), Paris (1), Toronto (4), Niagara (12), London (5), Sarnia (2), Windsor (19), Gavel (3).
Architectural drawing (RG30M 79003/5, item #1) consists of one Great Western Railway plan, elevation and section of pulley for main shaft in grain elevator, Hamilton, ca. 1861.Additional name(s):Biography/Administrative history:Great Western Railway Company (Canada) : The unused charter of the London and Gore Railroad Company, incorporated 6 March 1834, was revived on 29 March 1845 (Upper Canada Statutes, 8 Vic., Cap. 86) though with certain alterations including the name being changed to the Great Western Railroad Company. The name was again altered on 22 April 1853 (Canada Statutes, 16 Vic., Cap. 99) to the Great Western Railway Company. In 1853 and 1854, 229.91 miles of line between Niagara Falls, Hamilton, London and Windsor were opened for traffic. Some 33.19 miles were subsequently added in various locations for a total of 263.10 miles. Although nominally leased to the Great Western, the Galt and Guelph Railway Company constructed between 1855 and 1857 was a wholly owned subsidiary. By the provisions of the Great Western Railway Company's Financial Act, 1871 (Statutes of Canada, 34 Vic., Cap. 44), the Hamilton and Toronto Railway Company, the Canada Air Line Railway Company and the London and Port Sarnia Railway Company (50.85 miles, Komoka to Sarnia) amalgamated with the Great Western Railway Company under the latter's name. The line and services of the Wellington, Grey and Bruce Railway Company were leased in 1870 and operated by the Great Western from 1872. The Great Western sponsored the London, Huron and Bruce Railway Company, supervising its construction and leasing it from 1876. The Brantford, Norfolk and Port Burwell Railway Company was also leased and operated from 1878. The London and Port Stanley Railway was leased in 1871, but it passed out of Great Western/Grand Trunk control in 1892 and did not rejoin the C.N.R. system until 1963. In the United States, the Great Western obtained control through a mortgage in 1857 of the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway Company, and operated the line from 1878, when the name was changed to Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railroad Company. The Great Western also has an interest in the Detroit River Tunnel Company although no progress appears to have been made in construction. On 12 August 1882 the Great Western Railway Company, under an agreement of 25 May 1882, amalgamated with the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada under the latter's name. The various subsidiaries and controlled lines previously mentioned also came under Grand Trunk control and ownership. RG30 General InventoryFinding aid:Additional information:Source of title:Title is based on the contents of the sub-series.Custodial history:Provenance of RG30M 79003/5 is unclear, but it is closely associated with accession 78903/42, which came from the C.N.R. Regional Plan Room in Toronto.Cartographic math data:RG30M 79003/5: architectural drawing: Scale [1:96].Exhibitions note:Exhibition Title: 19th Century Architecture in Hamilton. Curator: Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario; 1994.07.16-1994.10.23. (item 327)Accruals:No further accruals are expected.Related material:See the John D. Reed collection relating to the Grand Trunk and Great Western Railways (1879-1923), a sub-series of the Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada series. (MIKAN record number 164829, formerly RG30-I-A-13-a-i).
See also RG30M 78903/42: items #324-333 (grain elevator, 1861).Source:Government
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