Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Canada Southern Railway Company dating back to the 1950's and 1960's. This document, which carries the printed signatures of the company President and Treasurer, was printed by the National Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 6 3/4" (h).
The certificate features a pair of vignettes - a train at a busy station at the top, and a beehive at the bottom.
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The Canada Southern mainline ran through southern Ontario from Niagara Falls to Windsor (and Detroit), with branches to Fort Erie, Niagara On The Lake, Chippawa, Leamington, Amherstburg, Courtright, Petrolia and Edy's Mills.
The line originated as the Erie & Ontario Railroad, which was built between Niagara-On-The-Lake and Chippawa in 1854, and the Fort Erie Railway Company running between Fort Erie and Chippawa was incorporated in 1857. The Fort Erie Railway bought the Erie & Ontario in 1863, and the merged line was called the Erie & Niagara. The Erie & Niagara Extension Railway was then incorporated in 1868 to build from Fort Erie through St. Thomas to either Sandwich or Windsor. It was granted all the assets and none of the debts of the E&N. The E&NER was renamed the Canada Southern Railway in 1869.
For most of its life the Canada Southern was operated as the Canada Division or Canadian Division by the Michigan Central Railway, which was owned by the New York Central. Most equipment used on it was lettered for the NYC but some was CSR or CS and some was MCR.