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100 YEARS OF

The evolution of rail sa

Canada's railways are among the safest in North America.
How did the industry achieve this distinction? The timeline
below highlights some important events and innovations
involving RAC and its members that advanced rail safety
in Canada.

1954
In 1954, CN was the first company to introduce
continuous welded rail (CWR) in Canada. With fewer joints,
CWR reduced wear and tear on equipment, and resulted in
fewer track maintenance issues.

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1952
CP became the first railway in North America to operate
piggyback trains - highway trailers on flatcars - in overnight
service between Montreal and Toronto. The flatcars were
equipped with roller bearings that allowed them to safely
travel at speeds up to 65 m.p.h.

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1951
The Uniform Code of Operating Rules (UCOR) was
adopted by Canadian railways in 1951. Prior to that, each
railway had its own individual rule book, broadly based
on the U.S. Standard Code of Operating Rules. This led to
serious variations in the requirements of individual railways,
and impeded the smooth operation of the rail network. The
UCOR was created by a committee of representatives from
all federally regulated railways in Canada, and its adoption
enabled the crews of one railway to seamlessly operate
over another.

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1917
The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) was first
established as the Special Committee on War and National
Defence at a meeting of rail executives on Oct. 23, 1917.
The purpose of the committee was to ensure the efficient
movement of troops and supplies during the First World War.
The committee was renamed the Railway Association of
Canada in 1919, and was formally incorporated in 1953.

A sectionman welds rail at Turcot Yard
in Montreal in 1942.

1961
CN installed Canada's first hot box detector. Trackside
hot box detectors monitor the temperature of passing axle
bearings and alert crews to potential axel overheating that
could result in a derailment.

1965
In 1965, CN extended Centralized Traffic
Control (CTC) - a technology which allows a
train dispatcher to remotely control signals and
switches - from coast to coast. This expansion
greatly enhanced the safety and efficiency the
Canadian rail network.

A dispatcher remotely controls rail operations in
Ottawa from a Centralized Traffic Control panel.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Summer 2017

President’s message
Data: The next frontier of rail safety
Force to be reckoned with
Customer appreciation
100 years of rail safety
Index to Advertisers
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