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.
March 29 – Video
April 25 – Video
May 1 – Video
May 2 – Video
May 4 – Video
May 5 – Video
May 6 – Video
May 7 – Video
July 3 – Video
iHeart Radio – Brockville’s Railway Tunnel Light Show Previewed
July 24 – Video
Recorder.ca – Prime time for Brockville tunnel
July 29 – Video
Aug 3 – Video
CTV Ottawa – Canada’s first railway tunnel reopened in Brockville
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.
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!
Philips Lighting – Canada’s First Railway Tunnel Lights Up for the First Time
Lighting Solutions Middle East – Canada’s first rail tunnel lights up