On Track: The Railways of Aylmer and Malahide

February 18, 2023 - March 17, 2023

The Great Western Railway’s “Air Line” began operation in February of 1873. To celebrate 150 years of railroad heritage, we’ll be hosting a pop-up exhibit on local locomotive history and the area’s competing railways.

Join us at 75 Talbot St. E., from:

  • 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday, February 18

  • 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday, February 19

  • 11 am – 4 pm on Monday, February 20

  • 3 pm – 6 pm on Wednesday, February 22; The exhibit will be closed today due to inclement weather. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • 11 am – 4 pm on Saturday, February 25

  • 11 am – 4 pm Sunday, February 26

  • NEW! 11 am – 4 pm Wednesday, March 15
  • NEW! 11 am – 4 pm Friday, March 17

We hope to see you there!

This exhibit was made possible through the generosity of the Elgin County Railway Museum.

Train at the Aylmer Grand Trunk station

A large group of people at the Springfield Canada Southern Railway station



The Great Western Railway’s “Air Line” brought the railway into Aylmer. The inaugural run was in February 1873, with Malahide Councillor Thomas Nairn and other Great Western directors aboard. The Canada Southern Railway would open in June 1873, with stations in Kingsmill, Little Aylmer, and Springfield. Transportation of products and materials in and out of Aylmer and Malahide facilitated a boom in local industry.