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Rails Across the Prairies: The Railway Heritage of Canada's Prairie Provinces

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Rails Across the Prairies traces the evolution of Canada's rail network, including the appearance of the first steam engine on the back of a barge. The book looks at the arrival of European settlers before the railway and examines how they coped by using ferry services on the Assiniboine and North Saskatchewan Rivers. The work then follows the building of the railways, the rivalries of their owners, and the unusual irrigation works of Canadian Pacific Railway. The towns were nearly all the creation of the railways from their layout to their often unusual names.

Eventually, the rail lines declined, though many are experiencing a limited revival. Learn what the heritage lover can still see of the Prairies' railway legacy, including existing rail operations and the stories the railways brought with them. Many landmarks lie vacant, including ghost towns and elevators, while many others survive as museums or interpretative sites.

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Canada's rail lines were pivotal in establishing the icons that mark today's landscape: massive bridges, sentinel-like grain elevators, pattern-book wayside stations. Odd and unusual place names dot the lines, while countless ghost towns and stories abound like the "ghost train" of St. Louis and the tunnels of Moose Jaw.

About the Author

Ron Brown is a freelance travel writer and photographer who has published over 20 books, including The Lake Erie Shore, The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, and Ontario's Ghost Town Heritage. Brown is past-chair of the Writers' Union of Canada and is active with the Travel Media Association of Canada and the Book and Periodical Council. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter One; Before the Trains

Chapter Two; Rails Across the Prairies, the Rails Arrive

Chapter Three, The Towns

Chapter Four, The Stations

Chapter Five; The Castles of the Lines; the Railway Hotels

Chapter Six; The Fall of the Prairie Sentinels, the End of the Grain Elevators

Chapter Seven, The Houses of Steam, the Railway Roundhouses

Chapter Eight; Watering the Steam Engines; the Water Towers

Chapter Nine; Bridging the Prairies; The Railway Bridges

Chapter Ten; The Short Lines

Chapter Eleven; Celebrating the Heritage: The Railway Museums

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781459702158
Author:
Brown, Ron
Publisher:
Dundurn Group (CA)
Author:
Ron, Brown
Location:
Toronto
Subject:
Railroads-Pictorials
Subject:
Railroads - Pictorial
Subject:
Prairie Dog Central
Subject:
Royal Canadian Pacific
Subject:
Oldman Bridge
Subject:
VIA Rail Canada
Subject:
Portage la Prairie
Subject:
tour trains
Subject:
Brooks Aqueduct
Subject:
railway museums
Subject:
Grand Trunk Pacific
Subject:
Canadian Northern Railway
Subject:
railway bridges
Subject:
Grain elevators
Subject:
rail
Subject:
Prairie Dog Central Royal Canadian Pacific Oldman Bridge VIA Rail Canada Portage la Prairie tour trains Brooks Aqueduct railway museums Grand Trunk Pacific Canadian Northern Railway tour trains railway bridges grain elevators rail
Subject:
Prairie Dog Central Royal Canadian Pacific Oldman Bridge VIA Rail Canada Portage la Prairie tour trains Brooks Aqueduct railway museums Grand Trunk Pacific Canadian Northern Railway tour trains railway bridges grain elevators railway stations rail trails
Subject:
Prairie Dog Central Royal Canadian Pacific Oldman Bridge VIA Rail Canada Portage la Prairie tour trains Brooks Aqueduct railway museums Grand Trunk Pacific Canadian Northern Railway tour trains railway bridges grain elevators railway stations rail trails
Subject:
Railroads - History
Subject:
TRANSPORTATION / Railroads / Pictorial
Subject:
Prairies
Subject:
History - Canada - General
Subject:
Trains & Railways: General Interest
Subject:
Prairie Dog Central, Royal Canadian Pacific , Oldman Bridge , VIA Rail Canada , Portage la Prairie , tour trains , Brooks Aqueduct , railway museums , Grand Trunk Pacific , Canadian Northern Railway , tour trains , railway bridges , grain elevators , rail
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
50 bandw
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 9 x 1 in 0.04 lb

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