It all started with an invitation from David Laseur, of the Tunnel committee, on May 22nd, 2016 to visit the derelict site of the Brockville Railway Tunnel. After visiting the site, chief designer of Ford Electric Brockville designed all the amazing elements including lighting, audio, infrastructure, power house/back-up power and safety features that you see today in the tunnel.

“Philips Color Kinetics LED lighting system was a perfect solution to bring Ford Electric’s vision together,” said David Bouwers of Ford Electric Co, lead lighting and infrastructure designer for the Brockville Tunnel project. “Our design team wanted to turn what had become an overlooked part of the City of Brockville into a safe, energetic and vibrant attraction not only for the local community but also to change the historic tunnel into a tourist attraction on the world stage.”

The Brockville Railway Tunnel was constructed in the late 1850s and was the first of its kind in Canada. It is located underneath the downtown area of Brockville, Ontario.  The Railway Tunnel underwent an interior rehabilitation, complete with beautiful light show, to make it possible for citizens and visitors to travel on foot through the inside, from the south portal to the north portal, coming out at the north-end gorge and ramp to the street level. The Railway Tunnel acts as a path from the city’s beautiful waterfront to the scenic Brock Trail recreational pathway.

Cool Timeline

2017
March 13

March 13

March 13
March 29

March 29 – Video

April 2

April 2

April 2
First load of piping for the "Light Up The Tunnel Project".
April 21

April 21

April 21
Retaining wall underway
April 22

April 22

April 22
Having a look in the extraction shaft.
April 23

April 23

April 23
Kiosk piping underway
April 24

April 24

April 24
Our Head Promotions Manager had to come check out the Tunnel Project.
April 25

April 25 – Video

April 27

April 27

April 27
Very happy to see those gates gone!
April 28

April 28

April 28
Getting power ready for the North Gorge Power House.
April 29

April 29

April 29
Chain-gang trench work for the North Gorge Power House
April 30

April 30

April 30
Kiosks getting formed, poured and set.
May 1

May 1 – Video

May 2

May 2 – Video

May 3

May 3

May 3
Powerhouse is looking Good!
May 4

May 4 – Video

May 5

May 5 – Video

May 6

May 6 – Video

May 7

May 7 – Video

May 8

May 8

May 8
Those are some HEAVY reels for the Light Up the Tunnel Project
May 9

May 9

May 9
May 10

May 10

May 10
Many hands make light work. Lol. No this is going to be a LOOONG week.
May 11

May 11

May 11
No stop lights down in the tunnel to slow you down
May 12

May 12

May 12
Another Kiosk's wires in place.
May 13

May 13

May 13
May 30

May 30

May 30
Empty Kiosk waiting for some product.
May 31

May 31

May 31
June 1

June 1

June 1
Prepping forms for sidewalks
June 4

June 4

June 4
June 27

June 27

June 27
Getting more of the Tunnel formed and ready for concrete
June 28

June 28

June 28
Hard to believe what size of trucks we can fit in Canada's First Railway Tunnel
June 29

June 29

June 29
Bill Salo and his crew from Thundercrete is doing an amazing job working with us to make our August time table for the opening.
June 30

June 30

June 30
July 1

July 1

July 1
Forming curbs to mount our lights onto.
July 2

July 2

July 2
July 3

July 3 – Video

July 5

July 5

July 5
July 7

July 7

July 7
Generator for Tunnel being put into place.
July 8

July 8

July 8
Starting to "See some light near the end of the Tunnel"
July 9

July 9

July 9
July 10

July 10

July 10
July 11

July 11

July 11
July 13

July 13

July 13
New 200 amp service at south end of Tunnel to power new exciting events in Brockville
July 14

July 14

July 14
July 15

July 15

July 15
July 16

July 16

July 16
Part of the blasted section in all it's glory.
July 17
July 18

July 18

July 18
Can't wait for you all to see this in person!
July 19
July 19

July 19

July 19
Looks like we are in the arctic in July with this Colour.
July 20

July 20

July 20
July 21

July 21

July 21
What colours would you like to see on opening day.
July 22

July 22

July 22
July 23

Video

30 DAY BROCKVILLE RAILWAY TUNNEL RE-OPENING CONTEST! DAY #19. Ford Electric is so excited for the opening of the tunnel...

Posted by Ford Electric (Brockville) Co. Ltd on Sunday, July 23, 2017
July 24

July 24 – Video

July 25

July 25

July 25
New exhaust fan, chimney repairs and barrier being planned out for opening day. Upper Canada HVAC Systems Ltd. Hamelin Construction
July 26

July 26

July 26
July 28

July 28

July 28
Even the engineers are getting in on the picture taking.
July 28
July 29

July 29 – Video

July 30

July 30

July 30
August 2

August 2

August 2
August 3

Aug 3 – Video

August 4

August 4

August 4
August 5

August 5

August 5
August 7

August 7

August 7
Soon the tunnel the will be filled with people seeing it for the first time! I can't wait!
August 9

August 9

August 9
August 10
August 10

August 10

August 10
August 11

August 11

August 11
The tunnel is officially "Golden" approved. On this last day of final touches before the opening day on Saturday August 12th I took some time and looked at all the facebook posts going back months and months and enjoyed looking at the progression of this amazing project and It was so exciting for all of us at Ford Electric to work on the concept, design and implementation of it. Thank you for all the support the community has given all of us and we can't wait to hear your thoughts.
August 12

August 12

August 12
OPENING DAY!!! A few of the City of Brockville staff got a sneak peak of the tunnel Friday afternoon. These ladies and gentlemen will be working hard all weekend to make sure everyone has a great time at all the local festivities this weekend. It's going to be a great opening day and special thanks goes out to our city workers!
August 14
August 23

August 23

Lighting Solutions Middle East - Canada's first rail tunnel lights up
August 29
October 12