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Friday, August 18, 2006

Press Release

Nomination Process Closes After Excellent Suggestions from the Public  

OTTAWA, August 18- The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame would like to thank the public for its nominations of the leaders, heroes, communities and technologies of the Canadian railway industry, said Les Kozma, president and chairman of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame.

“Once again we had a great response from the public after our call for nominations,” said Kozma. “It is obvious how much the Canadian railway industry is appreciated in this country, and every year we can count on an excellent round of nominations.”

The nominations will now be handed over to the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame selection committee to choose this year’s inductees. The announcement is expected in the fall, with induction ceremonies varying around other railway events. In previous years, inductees have been awarded at dinners in Montreal and Toronto, and community events in western Canada.

Last year’s inductees included Canadian railway wartime employees, former CPR executive Ed Dodge, and Craigellachie, British Columbia—the site of driving the last spike in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame (www.railfame.ca) is a virtual hall of fame created in 2002 by the Railway Association of Canada with the support of its almost 60 member railways. Since then, more that 45 nominees have been inducted, and the public has been asked each year to make nominations for the selection committee.

The hall of fame uses modern electronic and web-based technology to make it international in scope and bring the railway industry’s history and messages to schools, institutions and private homes.

In addition to the on-line site, there is a physical component located in Big Valley, Alberta. The Canadian Northern Society recently opened the interpretive park, where outdoor signage features those honoured by the virtual hall of fame.

The community is already the site of significant railway and local heritage preservation, and the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Pavilion helps to complement those efforts. The historic interpretive park has already attracted more than 20,000 visitors.

For more information, please go to www.railcan.ca

Contact Information:

Ken Lancastle
Railway Association of Canada

Les Kozma
Canadian Northern Society

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