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Friday, May 5, 2006

Press Release

Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Pavilion to open in the Village of Big Valley, Alberta, Saturday May 27  

Big Valley - The Canadian Northern Society will host the public as well as special guests when they celebrate the official opening of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Pavilion on Saturday, May 27 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Featuring the inductees of the virtual hall of fame, the pavilion will be an outdoor, interpretive centre, located in the Village of Big Valley, Alberta.

“With its historical ties to the railway, Big Valley is a fitting location for the Hall of Fame Pavilion,” says Harry Stuber, Big Valley Chairman of the Canadian Northern Society. “The Village is now the southern terminal for Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions and over 20,000 visitors annually are hosted by the community. The pavilion will enhance the experience of the many tourists who visit our Village each year.”

The pavilion will also enhance and add to the other historical railway sites in Big Valley. “The new Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Pavilion will complement the existing heritage railway station and the railway roundhouse interpretive centre in the historic Village of Big Valley,” says Les Kozma, President of the Canadian Northern Society. “We look forward to hosting the public and our very special guests as we officially open our new pavilion on May 27.”

The Honourable Shirley McClellan, Alberta’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, will be one of the special guests in attendance for the event. In addition, Paul Clark, the Vice-President of Public Affairs for Canadian Pacific Railway, will accept a plaque commemorating Craigellachie Station in British Columbia as the historical site where the last spike of the CPR was driven in.

The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame (www.railfame.ca) is led by the Railway Association of Canada and features the leaders, heroes, technology, and communities that play a part in the operation of our country’s vibrant railway networks.

Contact Information:

Les Kozma
Canadian Northern Society

Ken Lancastle
Railway Association of Canada

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