and discussion of railways and the railway industry in Canada - past,
present and future. Welcome topics include those that affect or are
related to the Canadian railway scene, be it the industries they serve,
preservation, other modes of transport, unique train spottings, as well
as the discussion of locomotives and rolling stock in Canada.
Train Journey Through the Ottawa Valley
RR Road Trip
Last Days of Steam
History and photos of GTR/CNR shops in Stratford, Ontario.
History of the Great Northern in B.C. by Neil Roughley. The C.P.R.'s fear of invasions by US railroads into Canada in the 19th Century to syphon off traffic was very real and is clearly shown on the map.
Railways of Canada Archives
Unique site with a variety of railway history across Canada.
Surrey B.C. a complete local history by Jack Brown dating from 1792 and Captain George Vancouver. It includes water transportation, trails and early roads as well as the railways. Other parts cover logging, farming etc.
Building the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia by Roger H. Boulet. Andrew Onderdonk, a railway contractor, set out in 1880 to build 342 miles of railway from Port Moody to Craigellachie, British Columbia through a rugged, un-traveled land. This was part of a government of Canada project to build a transcontinental railway to secure the entry of British Columbia into Canada. It was before the creation of the present day private enterprise bearing the same name. Includes a collection of excellent photographs. Warning: It will take you many hours to read all of this outstanding website, but worth it!
The story of the Kettle Valley Railway. A famous Canadian Pacific Railway subsidiary and its predecessors. A 340 mile secondary main line between Lethbridge, Alberta and Nelson, British Columbia through the famed Crow's Nest Pass, part of the 961 mile run to Vancouver, B.C. of the Kootenay Express and Kettle Valley Express.
In order to get financial assistance, (about one-third), for its construction, the CPR entered into the Crow's Nest Pass agreement providing for reduced freight rates. In later years the infamous Crow Grain Rate would haunt the CPR for decades as its eternally frozen low freight rate affected the entire CPR.
Morrissey, Fernie and Michel Railway and its parent Crow's Nest Pass Coal Company controlled by the Great Northern Railway. An historic old operation in British Columbia whose past included mine disasters, fires and the infamous tragedy of the Frank slide.
British Columbia Lake and River Service. The Canadian Pacific Railway's once extensive operation in southern B.C. that included the famous S.S.Moyie and the S.S.Minto, which in 1968 was the last sternwheeler. Lake Slocan tug and barge service took the entire train including locomotive and caboose!
By Jim Sandilands
Canadian Pacific Electric Lines
Chatham, Wallaceburg & Lake Erie Railway
Cornwall Street Railway Light & Power Co.
Galt & Preston Street Railway
Guelph Radial Railway
Hamilton Street Railway
Kitchener & Waterloo Street Railway
London & Port Stanley Railway
Preston & Berlin Street Railway
Toronto Transportation Commission
Canadian Pacific Transport Company
The Thurso and Nation Valley Railway was the last logging railway in eastern Canada. It ran north from Thurso, Québec on the Ottawa River to bring out lumber for the Thurso mill. I saw the line in its last years and these pages will present some of the flavour of this interesting short line railway.