The whistle of the
steam locomotive on Friday January 3rd, 1854 which
marked the official opening of the steam rail
connection between Brantford and Buffalo sounded
the death knell of the canal.
The coming of a railroad
to any town in the 1800's meant a greater future
for its people. Brant County was no exception
to this. For the most part the rails were an optimistic
and opportunist endeavor however, as with all
things, it came with its fair share of tragedy.