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Welland Canal Spike
The opening of the Welland Canal Bypass in 1973 forever changed railroading in the Niagara Peninsula. Welland's status as a railroad hub was lost, as the mainlines of CN, CP and Penn Central/Conrail were now routed around the city, instead of right through it. As part of the Bypass construction, which aimed to route the 4th Welland Canal around the bottleneck of bridges in Welland, a triple track tunnel under the bypass was constructed south of Welland. The construction of the approaches to this tunnel severed the existing canal into 2 pieces, and forced the construction of many bridges, both road and rail. This chrome plated spike commemorates the opening of that tunnel.


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