The Dominion Atlantic Railway or DAR for short was created in 1894 by merging the Windsor & Annapolis Railway (W&A) and the Western Counties Railway (WCR) together into one. The DAR developed a high level of passenger service which was usually not seen on regional railways. Not only excelling in passenger service the DAR was also closely tied with the apple industry in the Annapolis Valley. As with the arrival of railways to the area the apple industry here went from being a minor locally consumed crop to being a large export industry! In 1911 the DAR and its subsidiaries were leased by the Canadian Pacific Railway which allowed the DAR to run semi-independently. After the WW2 the DAR experienced a slow decline in passenger travel for the subsequent years after the Second World War; ultimately leading to its closure in the 1990s.