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Historic Essex Railway Station

Historic Essex Railway Station
Operated by Heritage Essex

See the latest Model and Toy Train Show Flyer.

About the Station:

     The Essex Railway Station is a restored historic site dating back to 1887 when the building was constructed, and Essex was the transportation hub of Essex county.  The building suffered major damage in 1807 when a rail car filled with nitro-glycerin exploded.   The building was restored at that time, and continued to serve the community for many years.  Eventually, passenger service was discontinued and the building stood empty.  Efforts to preserve the building began in 1975 and continued until the completion of the restoration in 1994.

The station contains a variety of railway memorabilia and artifacts of historical interest.  Visitors can take self directed tours by means of a tour booklet, or group tours can be arranged if prior notice is given.  A small gift shop is located on the premises, and various items from local artists and craftsmen are available for purchase.

The main room in the station is available for rental and can accommodate groups in the 40 to 50 range.  Food service is provided through a caterer. 

The Essex Railway Station is operated by Heritage Essex, a non-profit body that is dedicated to the preservation of heritage sites, articles and artifacts throughout the town of Essex.

Special Events / Activities:

Heritage Essex Inc. Annual Events

All proceeds to the operation of the Essex Railway Station

Model & Toy Train Show

10am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, the last weekend in February at Essex High School, 244 Talbot St., N., Essex

Professional model railroad displays, a wide assortment of engines, parts, & accessories for sale, Thomas the Tank interactive train display for the kids, plus much more.

Antiques Appraisal

9am - 4pm, 3rd Saturday in March, at the Essex Railway Station, 87 Station St., Essex

Is it Junk or Jackpot? Bring in your cherished antiques and collectibles and have them appraised by a licensed auctioneer/appraiser. $5.00 per item if a verbal appraisal can be given.

Spring Garden Delights & Plant Sale

9am - 4pm, 2nd Saturday in May at the Essex Railway Station, 87 Station St., Essex

The Essex Horticulture Society will be selling bedding plants, and vendors will be on hand with garden accessories, furniture, statuary, etc. A master gardener will be available to answer all of your gardening questions.

Murder Mystery Dinner

7pm last Friday in May at the Essex Railway Station, 87 Station St., Essex

$40.00 per person includes intriguing murder mystery entertainment by Raisbeck Dinner Theatre, appetizers, fabulous catered dinner, dessert, coffee, cash bar and door prizes.

Heritage Antiques & Collectibles Show & Sale

10am - 4pm, Sat. & Sun. September (tentative) at the Essex Railway Station, 87 Station St., Essex.

2nd Annual Great Train Lottery

Ticket sales begin in October for 50 prizes worth over $20,000. including cash & travel.

Only 2500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 each. The draw will be held in early January 2002.

Heritage Christmas Weekend

10am - 4pm, the first Saturday and Sunday in December, at Essex Railway Station, 87 Station St., Essex. Vendors will be on hand with unique Christmas gifts, crafts, wreaths, etc. Fresh cedar garland for sale. $1.00 admission includes refreshments.

Additional activities may be planned throughout the year, call the station for details and to confirm dates and times on the above events.

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Station Hours:

Thursday - Friday ....
Saturday ....
Sunday ....
12 PM to 4 PM
10 AM to 4 PM
12 PM to 4 PM

Wheelchair Accessible

Admission by Donation


87 Station St.
Essex, Ontario, Canada



Mailing Address:

Essex Railway Station
87 Station St.
Essex, Ontario, Canada
N8M 2C5


For information ...
phone: (519) 776-9800
      fax: (519) 776-7241

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Today, the newly refurbished railway station stands as a reminder of past days, when a new station was forged by railways and their builders.

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