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Railway Workers and Builders

Perley Thomas

When the Southern Car Company in High Point, North Carolina closed its doors in 1916, an unemployed Canadian born Perley A. Thomas started his own one man business called High Point Mantel Company. The new company specialized in building high-end custom appointments for residences, businesses and churches in the area. Later that same year, while […]

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Robert Clark

Robert Clark had a diverse railroad career which included 38 years with the New York Central and its successors. His career path included employment as assistant division engineer, division engineer, division superintendent, chief regional engineer, system production engineer (track), system engineer (maintenance of way), assistant vice-president (design and construction) and assistant vice president (quality control) […]

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Donald Broadbear

Don Broadbear has maintained a life-long dedication to railway preservation in Elgin County. Also noteworthy is his time spent working with the Ontario Rail Association to operate some very successful steam excursions out of Toronto. Donald Broadbear is the only son of Percy Broadbear, a career locomotive engineer with Canadian Pacific Railway. At the age […]

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Thomas Currah

Over 70 years a faithful member of his church, over 45 years a retired railroad employee, and for 28 years a member a member of St. Thomas City Council, Thomas Howard Currah was born October 30, 1893 at Oil Springs, Enniskillen Township, Lambton County, Ontario. The Currah family hailed from Carrigill, Parish of Alston, in […]

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Peter Laing

Peter Laing was among the last of a vanishing breed. Emigrating from Scotland as a young boy, he found his first jobs in the railway industry. Having a long service record with the Michigan Central and New York Central Railway, he was a gifted machinist, who worked on the massive machinery involved in railway operations. […]

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Chief Crowfoot

Canadian Chief Crowfoot helped to maintain peaceful relationships between First Nations and Canada, and paved the way for the building of the railway across the western provinces. Chief Crowfoot was born Astoxkomi or “Shot Close” in 1839 by the Belly River in what is now southern Alberta, Canada. Shot Close was known for his bravery […]

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Chinese Work Force

About 17,000 Chinese workers came to western Canada during the early 1880s to work on the treacherous railroad route between Port Moody and Eagle Pass in British Columbia. Although some returned home once the Canadian Pacific Railway was finished, many remained on the west coast, making the new nation their home. In 1871, British Columbia […]

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Robert Bandeen

Robert Angus Bandeen was born in Rodney, Ontario in 1930. Attending the University of Western Ontario, Bandeen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science in 1952 Three years later he finished his Ph.D. in economics and statistics from Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. The same year, he began his career […]

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Alton V. Johnston

Alton V. Johnston was born in St. Thomas, Ontario on July 31, 1909. He began working at the Bridge and Building (B&B) Department of the Canadian National Railway in St. Thomas in 1927. He then attended Queen’s University, and returned to St. Thomas to become the Bridge and Building superintendent in St. Thomas. In 1955, […]

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Alfred Perlman

In June of 1954 Alfred E. Perlman was appointed president of the New York Central (NYC.) His first task was to evaluate operations and his conclusions were contrary to those who had preceded him. Perlman felt that the New York Central was not getting enough use out of its new diesel electric locomotives, that the […]

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