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To Stratford Under Steam

Take a trip back in time and rediscover Stratford, Ontario, as a busy CNR division point and home to the Motive Power Shops. Stand in the morning mist as simmering steam locomotives roll off the ready track; visit the bustling station platform as express and mail are loaded aboard; watch passenger trains roar across framlands beneath a blanket of cinders; witness the passage of freight trains such as the impatient Mad Dog and sauntering Roustabout; behold the excitement at mainline stations Guelph, Kitchener, St. Mary's, Georgetown and Brampton; travel along branchlines to Goderich, clinton, Galt, Thedford, Lostowel, Tavistock and Caledonia; climb aboard yard engines as freight cars are marshalled for manifests and way freights; peer into the Stratford Big Shop to watch locomotives being overhauled; and experience the sadness of the steam engines in retirement. The compelling narrative, some 265 photographs, 65 track diagrams, time tables and locomotive and train profiles comprising the limited-edition To Stratford Under Steam will take you on an unforgettable journey to an era when our day-to-day lives were regulated by the sound of steam locomotive whistles.

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