The Ties That Bound a County - A Railway Heritage Tour of Perth County
Wanted: 1,000 Skilled Craftsmen.
In 1870 The Grand Trunk Railway relocated the machine shops from Toronto to Stratford. Over 1,000 skilled technical railway employees moved to Stratford. Almost overnight it was transformed from an agriculture-based country village into the hi-tech engineering centre for the province. The craftsmen were highly accomplished and better paid than most which led them to create one of the loveliest cities in southern Ontario. As a result, Stratford had the best designed public, commercial and residential buildings in Southern Ontario, all designed by workers of the Grand Trunk shops.