The 1st railway in Ontario, was a seventy-six mile section between Hamilton and London.
The line opened for traffic on December 31, 1853, but the first passenger run was on December 15.
The first months of operation were a nightmare. By the end of October, 1854, there had been no fewer than seventeen accidents, thirteen involving loss of human life.
Some accidents were not the fault of the railway. At least four were cases in which a train ran over a man lying drunk on the track at night