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Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Press Release

Railway Hall of Fame Seeking 2003 Nominations  

The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame is giving Canadians a chance to honour the railroaders, their machines and their communities that make freight and passenger railways a vibrant part of the Canadian economy. Nominations can be made for Leaders, Heroes, Communities and Technologies. Deadline for entries is June 1.

Hall of Fame chairman Les Kozma said: “Leaders are those who had or have a significant influence in the construction, development, or promotion of the Canadian railway industry. Heroes include explorers, pathfinders, and individuals who have made a significant or special contribution to the industry while being involved in the maintenance and operation of Canadian railways.”

“Technology features significant equipment and structures that played a role in the development of the industry in Canada. Finally, all communities across Canada deemed to have historical significance to the railway system could qualify,” he said.

Bill Rowat, president and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada, said that, last year, the Railway Hall of Fame recognized such key figures in the industry as veteran locomotive engineer Harry R. J. Home of Jasper, well known for his efforts in preserving ex-CNR Mountain-type steam locomotive 6060; Roger Cyr and Ben Lévesque, the founders of the public safety program Operation Lifesaver; the City of Banff that started as a modest railway station stop and became an international tourist attraction, and the automatic air brake technology — a safe train braking concept invented more than 100 years ago.

To submit a name for consideration, just use the form available on the Railway Hall of Fame Web site and give the reasons why you believe this person, invention or community deserves recognition, said Mr. Rowat. The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2003. Those selected will be announced in September.

The inductions are part of a series of events and activities this fall to showcase the role that freight and passenger rail played, and still plays, in Canada’s economy, said Mr. Rowat.

The work of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame is facilitated by the RAC, which represents 57 railways, virtually all the freight and passenger operations in Canada today. Additional information is available on the RAC’s Web site.

Contact Information:

Les Kozma
Canadian Railway Hall of Fame
+1 780 457 2061

Roger Cameron
Railway Association of Canada
+1 613 564 8097

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