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Harry R. J. Home (2002)
Harry Home at Jasper after his last tripHarry Robert John Home began his career with Canadian National Railways on July 28, 1949 at Boston Bar, British Columbia, working on a signal gang for 86 per hour. In the fall of 1949, he returned to school in Kamloops where his family resided and worked in the railway's shops. His father, John Cameron "Jack" Home, was a main-line locomotive engineer with the CNR, beginning his career in 1913 on the Canadian Northern Railway. Following in his father's footsteps, Harry too would become a locomotive fireman, and later a steam locomotive engineer on the CNR. He recalls his first "pay-trip" as a fireman on Second 406, with engine 4303 on a trip east out of Jasper, firing for an engineer named Jimmie Robb. "I waited over 19 years for that day to come," remarked Harry in the summer of 2004, recalling that 51 years had past since that glorious summer day.

Being the son of a locomotive engineer, Harry's childhood was spent at places like Jasper, Kamloops, Hanna, Big Valley, and Edmonton. Later he would work out of many of the same terminals as an engineer on the CNR.

Harry R.J. Home is inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame at Big Valley, AB As an employee, Harry will always be remembered as a safe, honest, and valued railroader. The younger generation looked up to him and enjoyed his company, and his spinning of yarns on the history of the railway. However, it is Harry's passion and dedication for the preservation of CNR steam locomotive 6060 that has given him national and in fact international recognition. Since 1960, Harry has worked to preserve the 6060 - a CNR "Mountain-type" steam locomotive, which once hustled transcontinental passenger trains across our country. Today, thanks to Harry's vision and leadership, it has been preserved operationally for the benefit of future generations. Harry retired in May 1998 after a wonderful career at CN. Crowds gathered at the CNR depot in Jasper as he brought in a modern CN intermodal train from Kamloops. On the occasion of his induction to the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame, CN further honoured Harry with the naming of a control point just east of Jasper as "Home."

Les Kozma inducting Harry Home into the Hall of FameA wonderful ambassador for the railway, a talented locomotive engineer, a good union officer, and a respected man in the community - Harry Home is a true example of a railway hero, and the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame was honoured to induct him accordingly.


Photos: S.I. Smith
 
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