The Impact of the Railway on the Sutton Region

Creator(s): Musée des communications et d'histoire de Sutton

During the 19th century, at a time when roads were hard to travel, small towns in Quebec lucky enough to become "stations" along any given railway, benefited from greater potential for development. Sutton, a small town near the American border in the Eastern townships, had a population of only 350 when it was selected to become one such station on the new Montreal-Boston train line of the South Eastern Counties Junction Railway. For nearly a century, the town's people would move to the rhythm of the railway. Several generations of Sutton residents found jobs that were directly or indirectly related to the railway. In fact, agriculture, industry, tourism and every sectors in between, would greatly benefit from the infrastructure and advantages that rolled into town with the train.

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