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Friday, September 27, 2013

Press Release

The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees  

OTTAWA, September 27, 2013 – The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame (CRHF), a virtual exhibit that recognizes the people, municipalities and innovations that have advanced the Canadian rail sector, today announced this year inductees. The individuals below have given to the industry over the course of their careers, and their induction into the CHRF will solidify their place in Canada’s long and vibrant railway history.


Mackenzie “Mac” Norris’ contributions to freight and passenger rail have earned him an induction into the CRHF under the Leaders category, which recognizes individuals who have had a considerable influence in the construction, development and promotion of the Canadian railway sector.

Norris’ career spanned 20 years with Canadian Pacific (CP) and another 20 years with Pacific Great Eastern (PGE)/British Columbia Railway (BC Rail), where he truly made his mark. He was head of the BC Rail Group of Companies from 1978 to 1990, a tenure that included a lead role in the PGE’s expansion into the north and a large-scale upgrade from branch line standards to a major mainline railway. Norris was also a major contributor to the success of Rocky Mountaineer, Canada’s premiere tourist rail service, as a member of the company’s board.

Described by his colleagues as patient, honest and a railroader who always demonstrated integrity, Norris displayed leadership throughout his long and successful career in rail.

Communities (Leader)

This subcategory honours individuals associated with the railway industry who have been instrumental in building communities.

As one of the nine original founding members of The Vintage Locomotive Society Inc., which operates the Prairie Dog Central (PDC) vintage steam train, Ralph Grant has cemented himself as a key player in the Manitoba rail community. The PDC – the longest surviving vintage tourist train operation in Canada – is a Manitoba tourism and heritage icon. For more than 45 years and an estimated 20,000 volunteer hours, Grant worked tirelessly to keep steam locomotive No. 3 operating. He has served many roles with the railway, including president, and continues to pass along his locomotive knowledge and skills to new members of the society.

Throughout his career, Ralph Grant has dedicated his time and effort maintaining and sharing this important part of Manitoban railway history.


As far as individuals who were instrumental in the development of railway technologies, Glen Fisher’s impact in the field of railway electrification cannot be overstated. An early career highlight came during the 1970’s and 1980’s, when Fisher led the design and commissioning of the BC Rail 50kV electrification of the Tumbler Ridge Subdivision, Canada’s first and only 50kV mainline electrification and only one of four in the world at this high voltage. Following a career at CP, he became the President of Canadian Pacific Consulting Services, where he carried out line capacity analysis for the World Bank on the densest traffic railway in the world, the Beijing-Shanghai line in China. His reputation as a recognized expert in railway line capacity and electrification has taken him all over the world and his technological contributions to Canadian rail still resonate across the industry today.

Canadian Railway Hall of Fame

Supported by The Railway Association of Canada (RAC), representing some 50 member, freight, tourist, commuter and intercity Canadian railways, the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame honours the people and municipalities that have promoted the safety, viability and growth of the railway industry within Canada.

Contact Information:

Alex Paterson
Railway Association of Canada

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