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Essex Railway Station

87 Station Street, Essex Ontario N8M 2K9 519-776-9800


Embark on a “blast from the past” heritage experience at the historic Essex Railway Station. Built in 1887, the train station and the tracks that were laid across the Talbot Trail established Essex Centre as a primary transportation hub. Two explosive events are part of the property’s history. Learn about the natural gas explosion that literally shook people out of bed on Valentine’s Day 1980, as well as the boxcar explosion that occurred just feet away from the station on a hot August morning in 1907. The station has been fully restored by Heritage Essex and is home to a variety of railway memorabilia, photographs and historical artifacts. A small gift shop is located on site showcasing written works of local authors and local artwork. Admission is free and self-directed or group tours are available. Ask about the Essex Train Show, southwestern Ontario’s largest show of its kind! Heritage Essex has hosted the family-friendly event annually every February for over 20 years.

Meet Marnie Gay

He may not be the most talkative train conductor, but William has become a curious fixture at the Essex Railway Station. Ask Marnie about William’s authentic uniform and the conversation will take off from there.  The black and white photographs that line the walls tell many stories about Essex Centre, including select moments in the railway’s history. Don’t hesitate to ask Marnie questions about the historic property, railway history and local heritage.

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Address: 87 Station Street, Essex Ontario, N8M 2K9
Phone: 519-776-9800

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