1910 when the Waterloo Train Station was new it was described by the Waterloo
Sentinel, in an article dated September 16, 1910, as an impressive
station and one of the best designs of architectural beauty in the GTR
system. In 1917, the Grand Trunk Railway was absorbed into the Canadian
National Railway system. In the transition, the Waterloo station became
C.N. property. The Waterloo station employed four men: the agent, the
telegrapher, the express agent and the express driver. Picnics and other
types of excursions from Waterloo to St. Jacob's and Elmira were big
business in those days. Mr. J.C. Cunningham, the last passenger agent
there, recalls: "People in Waterloo just
wanted to get out of town for a hour or two and would use the train; the
fare was 30 cents to Elmira and 50 cents return."
After the 1920's, passenger traffic
gradually began to dwindle under the impact of the automobile. The CNR
finally ran its last passenger train out of Waterloo in 1934. In the
1950's and 60's the station was used as a warehouse by Hogg Fuel and
Supply Ltd. For two more decades the station stood empty and boarded up.
Then in 1994 the city of Waterloo bought the station from C.N. and
partially restored the old building putting it up for lease.
In 1991 I was looking for a subject to
paint that reflected the history of the Waterloo area when I happened upon
the old train station. After doing the research and numerous sketches I
began to paint the restored view of the station as it would of appeared in