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Nostalgia

Think back to a time when you were riding the train in the past, perhaps with or on your way to someone special. Do you look back fondly on those days? Are you, like so many other North Americans, nostalgic towards the railways of the past?

 

In Canada, there is a long history of rail, which has created feelings of nostalgia in the generations of Canadians for whom trains were a lifeline or a treat. Though there has been some loss and changes in services, many lines and stations across Southern Ontario live on through passengers' memories. Rail transit can give us insights into our shared memories as individuals and communities. When passengers board trains today, the sensory experience can take them back to their long-ago childhood or to their rebellious youth. It also reminds passengers of memorable trips that are no longer possible, like this survey respondent: 

“Over a 5-year period in the Spring in the early 1970s, 4 or 5 friends and I travelled on the Ontario Northland overnight train to Northern Ontario and went on all the branch lines to places like Kapuskasing, Timmins, Noranda, Cochrane, and Moosonee. I am delighted to hear that the service may be restored.”

- Peter, British Columbia

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