Railway City Brewing Co.
The railway has been part of St. Thomas since the completion of the London and Port Stanley Railway in 1856. More than 26 railways have passed through the city. This provided the foundation for the birth of St. Thomas due to the provision of employment and, subsequently, the income to sustain the community. At one point, St. Thomas was interchangeable with the term “Railway City.” It was also known as the “Railway Capital of Canada” in its heyday. St. Thomas was a convenient shortcut between Chicago and New York: two major railway cities, especially concerning freight shipment. South Western Ontario is also predominantly flat terrain which is perfect for railways. The city and surrounding area grew rapidly which resulted in immense change for the community. St. Thomas became the “Railway Capital of Canada.”
The City boasts a significant collection of historic Railroad Buildings including the 1873 Canada Southern Railway Station and the 1913 MCRR shops which is the oldest continuously operating locomotive repair shops in North America.
The Elgin County Railway Museum is located in the former Michigan Central Railroad (MCRR) locomotive repair shops, just south of the Canada Southern (CASO) train station. The 55,000 square foot “shops” building have served as headquarters of the museum since 1988.
The adjacent CASO station was, and still is, innately tied to the MCRR shops. The CASO station, now owned and operated by the North American Railway Hall of Fame (NARHF) was divisional headquarters for many American railway companies and provided passenger service, while the MCRR shops provided maintenance and repair service for locomotives. Both buildings remain important heritage sites in the heart of the City of St. Thomas.
Railway City Brewing Company
We are pleased to introduce our Dead Elephant Ale, Iron Spike (Blonde, Copper and Amber) Ales, Honey Elixir, Witty Traveller, Black Coal Stout, and our Canada Southern Draft each locally brewed, all natural, craft brewed in small batches, using only the finest ingredients with no artificial adjuncts or preservatives.
The brewery operation features a 40 hectoliter system comprised of a kettle, mash tun, hot liquor tank, and a number of 10,20 & 40HL fermentators and conditioning tanks.
Tours are available every day, however it is best to call ahead so they can arrange some additional staff.