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The Class of 2009 Canadian Railway Hall of Fame recognizes industry performers A RAILWAY LEADER, heroes, community and modern technology were inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame in Calgary at the industry’s recent annual general meeting and trade show. “The industry is part of the nation’s present and future, as well as its past,” said Cliff Mackay, RAC president and CEO, who added Canada’s railways transport 75 per cent of surface freight in the country, 68 million passengers annually and generate only 3 per cent of transport’s greenhouse gas emissions. The Railway Hall of Fame was created in 2002 by the Railway Association of Canada with the support of its 50 member railways, the Canadian Northern Society of Alberta and the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers. Since then, almost 100 nominees have been inducted on its Web site at The 2009 inductees are: Hudson Bay Railway is now operated by a regional railway and hosts a VIA Rail passenger service. The former GSLR is part of the CN system. Heroes Category (Current): Paul D. Roy Paul Roy started his railroading career in 1955, working on the track for Canadian Pacific Railway. He also served the Northern Alberta Railway, CN and the Pacific Great Eastern – later BC Rail – over a 35-year career as a telegraph operator, station agent, train dispatcher and railway officer, retiring as a train supervisor at Roberts Bank. Paul has a keen interest in railroading and started collecting artifacts in 1955 when he was issued a switch key by a CPR roadmaster. He has contributed countless hours of time and talent to various railway preservation projects in British Columbia. He arranged for the donation of a former BC Rail electric locomotive used in coal service in northwestern B.C., to the Prince George Railway Museum. At the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish, Paul created the ever-popular mini-rail to introduce railways and rail history to a younger generation, and contributed a display car to the park. Leader: Major J.L. Charles Major Charles played an important role in shaping the Canadian railway network we know today. Major Charles was an energetic and driven railroader known for his skills and ability to motivate and complete challenging railway construction projects. Beginning his career with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Major Charles went on to direct engineering projects and operations on Canadian National. He was involved in construction of both the Hudson Bay Railway line from The Pas north to Churchill and the Great Slave Lake Railway from Roma Jct., near Peace River, to Hay River, North West Territories. Both continue to serve Canada’s north. The Heroes Category (Historical): Joseph Birse Joseph Birse joined the Grand Trunk Railway in 1858 and became an engineer in 1864. On Dec. 4, 1890 at 0530, he left Montreal’s Bonaventure Station with Train No continued on page 34 Interchange Winter 2010 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Interchange - Winter 2010

Interchange - Winter 2010
Table of Contents
President’s Message
Côté Helped Change VIA’s Culture
High-Speed Trains Proven Around the World
Putting Teeth in Trespass Prevention
The Class of 2009
Moving the Olympic Spirit
Industry News and Developments
Index to Advertisers

Interchange - Winter 2010