The Montreal Gazette, Vol LXVII (Number 231), Wed. Dec, 8, 1852
The Honourable Mr. Joliette, Seigneur of Lavaltrie undertook to construct a cheap railroad from Lanoraie to Industry at approximately 1000 per mile.

Mr. J.H. Dorwin, proprietor of extensive mills in the Township of Rawdon has undertaken, assisted by friends, the continuation of the line from Industry to a point a short distance from Rawdon to which it will shortly be completed.

Saturday, the press and other railroad officials left at 8:30 a.m. on a rainy morning on board the Jacques Cartier and were under weigh for Lanoraie. Arriving at Lanoraie at 11 o'clock where the train "surmounted by a Union Jack was awaiting us."

It was noticed that the speed attained was not equal to more expensive Roads but did manage 15 mph. Arrive Industry. Population 4000. The special train was saluted both coming and going by some sort of extempore cannon and a display of flags. Similarly at Rawdon. Due to the extreme bad weather, passengers were unable to continue on to inspect Mr. Dorwin's mills, but all enjoyed a good meal at the house of the nearest habitant.

By 5 p.m. all were back on board the Jacques Cartier.

Prospects of Success.

Prospects of success were considered good since cheap railroads pay higher dividends to the stockholders and if it can adequately handle the traffic, it is better than a more expensive rr.

The extent of the size of the city of Industry is noticed. As much as 2000 bushels per day of grain have been brought to the market at Industry.

Extensive saw mills are located at both Industry and at Rawdon. Lumber is prepared for markets in the south by sending it by RR to Lanoraie. "Canal craft via Richelieu and Chambly canal and through the lake to Whitehall whence it if forwarded to Albany and New York."

"The Uplands of Rawdon are a fine grazing district and Rawdon butter and cheese are well known and highly prized in our market."

With Passengers, grain, lumber, and Dairy produce the line will very likely have great success.


COSTS
Outlay Engineering  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
     Land and Engineering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
     Grubbing and Grading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Superstructure, bridges, and laying of rails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .265
     iron and spikes. . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .272
Interest, salaries, low advertising and incidental expenses  . . . 22
                                                                                                      _______
                                                                            Total per mile    741

To this is added 59 per mile for buildings and fences and 200 per mile for equipment bringing the total cost to 1000 per mile. Or for 10  miles, 10,500.
"We challenge the world to beat that."

The same cost for the other 12 miles gives 22,500 for 22 miles of railway. This amount is often spent on 2 miles in America or 1 mile in Great Britain. [Note this latter 12 miles must refer to the part of the rr from Industry to Lanoraie.) Habitants were paid 30 per mile of right of way.

The company, after dining on board ship, heard Mr. Dorwin give a toast to the Queen, The Governor-General, and the St. Lawrence and Industry Railway.

Mr. Scalliion arose to thank the host and explained that the object of his railroad was to provide "easy and cheap communication between Industry and Montreal." He then toasted the Industry Village and Rawdon Railroad.

He was succeeded by Mr. Penney, of the Montreal Herald, and a director of the rr. He said that the railroad had been built through the efforts of the chairman, built "partly with love and partly with money".

At 741 per mile, this beat any railway yet constructed, English or other.

It opened "23 miles of fertile country which must be tributary to Montreal" and also showed that a railway could be built to serve the needs of a modest rural population.

Mr. J.H. Dorwin, claiming that he was not blessed with oratorical powers, thanked the assembled company and said that more money for completing the rr was needed and 12% would be payed. (Cheers) He then toasted the Railroaders of New England.

Chief Engineer of the Central Railroad, Mr. Campbell rose. He predicted that the Atlantic and Pacific would be joined by "double rails with a flange in the middle and driving wheels from 16 to 20 feet in diameter, capable of attaining a speed of 100 mph. A description of the New England Roads followed. Toast to the RR of Canada.

Mr. T. C. Keefer then addressed his remarks concerning the Railroads around Montreal and trade. As for the R.R. they had seen today, he hoped it would be eventually be carried via Terrebonne to Montreal and east to Quebec and be followed by a great number of trunk lines.

Mr. Bristow responds.

The Chairman toasts the agricultural interest of Canada.

Mr. De Witt responds and tells of how the R.R. prosper the farmer and how mechanics benefited.

Chairman toasts fourth estate.

Mr. B. Chamberlin of the Montreal Gazette responds telling how it is the age of newspapers and how the newspapers must support the railroads.

Chairman toasts our guests.

Mr. Abraham responds.

Ladies toasted - Mr. Doutre responds in French.

Other toasts.

Boat lands safely at 9 p.m.

Three cheers for the president of the road. The chairman stated he would see us again next spring.



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