Own a piece of Ontario rail history!

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I went through Jarvis, Ontario yesterday afternoon and not only is the old station there – it’s also for sale!

$169,000 (Canadian) gets you a 1,500 square foot station on 0.89 acres, zoned industrial. Here’s a link to the listing – keeping in mind that once it has sold the link will probably be broken.

The agent’s web site has this to say…

An excellent opportunity to own this local landmark! Set on .89 acres, this former train station is character filled with beautifully high tongue & groove ceilings & hardwood floors. This unique building offers many business opportunities including restaurant use. Municipal services & natural gas. Lots of parking. Located in Jarvis with high exposure from Highway #6.

Jarvis was the junction between the Hagerville Sub (from Hamilton to Simcoe, and thence onto Port Rowan and Port Dover) and the Cayuga Sub. The Cayuga Sub was owned by the CNR, but most of the trains on it were the Wabash Railroad’s Red Ball fast freights, which cut across southern Ontario to shave time off the Detroit-Buffalo run.

This is not the first time the Jarvis station has appeared on my blog. A model of the station is the first thing one sees when entering Pierre Oliver‘s HO scale Wabash layout:
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This model was built by the late Richard Chrysler for his own, excellent HO scale rendition of the Hagersville Sub. I photographed Richard’s layout earlier this year, before it was torn down. Here are a couple of pictures of the Jarvis station from that photo shoot, showing a CNR freight about to enter the Cayuga Sub en route to Simcoe:
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Here are a few more photos of the real station:

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Waiting room

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Office with operator’s bay window

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Baggage room with elevated platform

If this inspires you to buy the Jarvis station, let me know!

7 thoughts on “Own a piece of Ontario rail history!

  1. Wow, you’ll be in heaven if it’s sold to become a restaurant, that keeps the rail theme and serves decent food and beer.

    One of my haunts on my business trips to the US was Windsor Station in Vermont. At that time (mid 80’s thru the 90’s) it served good food and drinks, and fairly often the New England Central ran a freight train thru sometime between 7 and 8. I was known to leave my table to watch trains and then come back and finish,


  2. This reminds me of a movie I recently watched and highly recommend; “The Station Agent” (2003). A highly acclaimed indie movie about a dwarf who works in a toy train store and inherits an abandoned depot, which he then moves into. Lots of stereotyping only train guys would understand!
    Filmed along the NYSW in New Jersey.
    Check it out!

    • Hi Darel:
      Yes – a great movie. I have a copy. For those unfamiliar with it, here’s the listing on IMDb.
      I should point out that neither the Hagersville Sub nor the Cayuga Sub pass the station anymore. It’s still in its original location, but the tracks on both subdivisions have been pulled. So the buyer will just have to imagine the trains…

  3. I’m not sure about the exact details, but back in the 70s, Canadian National offered their station at Stoney Creek Ontario for sale. My father either bought it, or had arranged to make the purchase from CNR, for one dollar. The stipulation was that he had a limited amount of time to remove the building from CN property. He was determined to make it happen, but it was torched before he could make all of the arrangements.

    Interestingly, this is the only photo I could find on the internet…


  4. I recall the Jarvis station as a bookstore a few years ago, one of those rambling shops that had lots of nooks and crannies filled with neat stuff. Looks like it has been totally cleaned up since then.

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