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Monday, April 30, 2007

Press Release

All Aboard For Nominations to Canadian Railway Hall of Fame  

Ottawa -- Heroes, technologies, leaders and communities have all played an important role in Canada’s railway industry, and the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame is asking the public to make nominations in those categories.

The hall of fame, which is a virtual exhibit featured at www.railfame.ca, celebrates the many people, technologies and communities that have played significant roles in the Canadian railway industry. Through the annual nomination process, the public has a chance to make suggestions for induction.

“Every year the hall of fame has asked for nominations, we have been extremely impressed by the number of high-quality nominations we receive from the public,” said Les Kozma, a director of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame. “This year should be no exception and we are expecting another great round of creative and original nominations, particularly among civil engineers who played such a role in planning the network of track, bridges and structures. The history of railways in Canada means a lot to the people who live here, and this is apparent every time we ask for nominations.”

Once the nomination process is complete, nominees will be turned over to the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame selection committee. Inductees will then be announced in a national press release, personal presentations will be made as possible and will be featured on the hall of fame’s website where people from around the world can learn more about Canada’s vibrant railway history.

Last year, the Canadian Northern Society also opened the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Pavilion in the Village of Big Valley, Alberta. The pavilion, which is an interactive, outdoor display, features the inductees of the hall of fame, and gives visitors a hands-on opportunity to learn more about Canada’s railway history. This year’s inductees will also be featured at the site.

“The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame and the pavilion in Big Valley are two excellent tools to teach visitors about Canada’s storied railway industry,” said Cliff Mackay, president and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada. “We are extremely happy to be a part of this initiative, and Canadians should also be proud of the incredible contributions they have made to this initiative as well. The railway industry in Canada could not exist without the public, and neither could the hall of fame.”

Last year’s inductees to the hall of fame included Father Albert Lacombe, who helped negotiate an agreement between Canadian Pacific Railway and the Blackfoot nation in 1883 to ensure Canada’s first transcontinental railway could be built, As well, the nominations recognized the Myra Canyon Trestles, which are 20 trestles built along a six-mile route along a canyon wall.

Anybody seeking to make a nomination can do so by filling out a nomination form at the hall of fame’s website, www.railfame.ca, before August 1, 2007. Nominations should also include an explanation why the nominee should be inducted into the hall of fame.

The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame was created in 2002 by the Railway Association of Canada, with the support of its almost 60 member railways and the Canadian Northern Society. Since then, the hall of fame has inducted more than 45 heroes, technologies, communities and leaders, and has given a number of recognition awards and industry achievement awards to the many people who have helped the railway industry and Canada grow and thrive.

Contact Information:

Roger Cameron
Director, Public Affairs
Railway Association of Canada

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