A more profound reason we’re the Railway Capital of Canada, 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. Between 1872 and 1880 alone the population shot up from 2,200 to 8,367. The railways brought jobs and prosperity to St.Thomas.
Magnificent in its heyday, the Canada Southern Railway Station is still one of the largest buildings in the city of St. Thomas