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Railway Workers and Builders

John Harold Becker

John Becker’s career with the Michigan Central and later New York Central Railroad, is typical of how someone, raised in a railroad family in a small railroad community, rose in the corporation and relocated to several communities in the course of his career. Like many of his generation, rail service was interrupted by World War […]

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John Wilson Murray

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1840, John Murray had a long and varied career, first in the United States navy between 1857 and the Civil War. He had an avid curiosity and investigative talent that led him to work with the Erie, Pennsylvania police department and the Pennsylvania Central Railroad. Officers of the Canada Southern […]

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Edgar Berryman

Canadian architect Edgar Berryman was born in 1839. He advertised himself as an architect, civil engineer, surveyor and landscape gardener.[1] He typically designed buildings in the Italianate, Gothic and French Renaissance styles. Berryman was active in St. Catherines, Ontario from 1863 until he was appointed company architect for the Canada Southern Railway in1871 for whom […]

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Russell Allison

Among his many accomplishments during his tenure as President, most significant was Mr. Allison’s initiation and responsibility for the construction of the Mount Macdonald tunnel project. Mr. Allison put forth the business case for the tunnel to CP’s Board of Directors, outlining the overwhelming financial and operational benefits of the tunnel. Famously, after the completion […]

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Keith Hunt

Keith Hunt rose from a 31-cents-an-hour apprentice to vice-president and helped to take Canadian National from the steam era to diesels, with a mistaken dalliance with the jet age along the way. Keith Hunt started his working life as an apprentice electrician in the CN rail yards in London, Ontario. He ended his working life as […]

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The Gloin Brothers

These three brothers were born at Yarmouth Centre, Elgin County, and were the sons of Emery Gloin (1849-1924) and Annie Harris (1858-1951). Emery had joined the Canada Southern Railway about 1883 and had worked on the New Sarum section gang for about ten years. Frank Gloin (March 4, 1888 – February 6, 1969) began his […]

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Ken Verrell

Ken Verrell started working for the Pere Marquette Railroad in September of 1941 as an apprentice machinist. He became a licensed machinist four years later. He continued to work in the roundhouse on Wilson Ave. in St. Thomas but was laid off in November of 1959. The following month he began working for the Canadian […]

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Larry Krupa

The largest emergency evacuations in North America, before Hurricane Katrina, occurred just before midnight on a November night in 1979. When a Canadian Pacific freight train carrying deadly chemicals derailed in the suburbs of Mississauga, the brakeman, Larry Krupa, unhooked the rest of the tank cars from the flaming wreckage – narrowly diverting greater destruction. The […]

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The Cosens Brothers

They were the three middle sons of Edmund Cosens, a veteran of the Indian Mutiny of 1857. All were born in the 1860s in London, England. The family was drawn to Canada by the excitement of the railway fever of the early 1870s and came to this country in 1871, with the determined objective of […]

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Donald F. Graham

One of the most important components of a large company is selling and the subject of this article, Donald F. Graham, was the last Sales Manager of the Canada Division of the NYC Railroad. This was at the culmination of Dons’ career which consisted of 45 years in the railway business. Don resided in a […]

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