The Ontario Express

Official Site of the Ontario & Western Railway Historical Society, Inc.


Come join our family of very dedicated and active O&W enthusiasts. Becoming a member not only helps the Society, but greatly improves your connection to other Society members and Society activities, and access to all kinds of information about the O&W, plus you will receive information-packed publications worth as much or more than the amount of your dues.

Membership will bring you the annual OBSERVER publication, O&WRHS Calendar and the Ontario Express Newsletter, as well as access to this site and the “Member’s Only” area of our website at 

Sustaining Membership brings you the additional satisfaction of further helping to aid the Society’s historical activities.

Physical contributions to our Archives are always welcome, and may be tax-deductible. Please contact Jeff Otto at: for more details.

In order to receive posts from this website you must enter your e-mail address under “Subscribe to The Ontario Express!” on the home page and verify the e-mail that is sent to you. If you do not verify the e-mail you will not be notified when new articles or news is posted. You can then e-mail Ron Vassallo at: for your password to visit the “password protected” areas of this site.  

O&WRHS Membership Paper Application

How to Become a New Member, Renew or Make a Donation Using PayPal
Regular Membership: $45, Sustaining Membership: $60
Donate to Archives Fund, General Fund and Project 105.

By using the “PayPal Donation” button below, new members can join and existing members can renew their Society membership via PayPal in the same manner as when writing a check, paying just the membership dues amount or also including an additional contribution. You must either already have a PayPal account or create one when making this online payment. No fees are taken out by PayPal; 100% of your payment goes to the Society.

However, other than providing your name and email when prompted, PayPal does not provide a means for members to submit the other information (payment details, mailing address, phone number) that is on either the printed new member form or the printed membership renewal form (see item 6. below). 


1. Clicking on the “PayPal Donation” button below redirects you to a “Donate with PayPal Giving Fund” page within PayPal. This page shows the Society’s name and EIN number, as well as the Society’s mission statement.

2. When you click on the blue “PayPal Donation” button on this page you will be directed to a page with buttons labeled “$25”, “$50”, “$75” and “Other”. Click the “Other” button and then enter the appropriate total payment amount, inclusive of any additional voluntary contribution for the Archives Fund, General Fund or Project 105.

3. You MUST check the box next to “Share my name and email with this charity”. Only then will your name and email address be transmitted with your payment. If this is not done the payment will only be identified as “Anonymous” and the Society will have difficulty in determining who made the payment. 

4. Click the “Next” button.

5. If you do not already have a PayPal account, PayPal will ask you to create one at this time. Once you do this, the transaction will be completed. If you have a PayPal account, the transaction will be completed.

6. It is extremely important to send an e-mail to (see sample e-mail below). If you have any questions at all please use this same e-mail address. 





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