During our recent family trip to Michigan, Ontario, western New York and Ohio, we took quite a few photos of railroad depots...with most of them now adapted for non-railroad uses. But, here in Ontario, the Canadian government has ensured that passenger railroad service stays alive and many of the old depots still serve their original purpose.
This handsome brick passenger station, first opened in 1916, is located in Brantford Ontario, a city of roughly 100,000 people. VIA Rail runs through Brantford from Windsor, (just across from Detroit) to Toronto, with four (4) passenger trains each day from each direction stopping at Brantford.
By way of contrast, this is the railway passenger depot in Wyoming Ontario. This town, with a population of only 8,000 or so, is served by VIA Rail's trains between Sarnia, (just across from Port Huron, MI), to Toronto. Passenger service is available on a Westbound train to Sarnia at 10:04 pm and on an Eastbound train to Toronto at 6:51 am. In order for the train to stop to pick you up, reservations must be made about 3 hours in advance. But...at least they have rail service! There was one pick-up truck in the parking lot when we passed through.