On October 23,
1847 the first sod of the Great Western was turned by Col.Talbot
in London at a ceremony on the west side of Richmond Street
where the Canadian Pacific Railway is now. As it turned out
construction of the line was delayed for another four years,
however, in the meantime Canadians were becoming convinced
that the railway could improve their life.
had a more profound impact upon the industrial development of
Elgin County and St. Thomas than the coming of the railway.