Field Trip to Westfield Village in Hamilton, Ontario
Recently, Martin Van Kuilenburg and I visited Westfield Village in Hamilton, Ontario. Martin, who lives in Montreal, is a member of the team of TRHA volunteers that developed and maintains the Toronto Rail Lands simulation experience at our museum. At the Westfield Village website, they note that:
"Westfield Village is a stunning collection of over 30 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario. Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian culture. Visitors may witness living history demonstrations and take part in guided tours of the 130-hectare site which is bordered by beautiful woodlands, meadows and trails."
We were impressed with the village but our specific interest was to see and photograph what we believe is the only preserved Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo (TH&B) steam locomotive - #103. Originally rusting away in Gage Park in Hamilton, it was moved to Westfield Village in 1977 and cosmetically restored. Also part of their railway artefact display is TH&B Caboose #58 and the TH&B Jerseyville Station.
For more information, click here to visit a "virtual museum" dedicated to #103 at Canada's Virtual Museums website. By clicking on the gallery there, you will find 151 images associated with this locomotive and the TH&B.
Westfield Village is open Sundays and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. from April to October. Special events also run through to Christmas - click here to see the list of events.
Posting and photos by Russ Milland
Click on each image for a closer look!
|Entrance to Westfield Village|
|TH&B Caboose #58|
|TH&B Jerseyville Station|