Since the last spike in the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven more than 130 years ago, railways have played a pivotal role in the growth and prosperity of our nation. Today, we have one of the largest rail networks in the world, with 48,000 kilometres of track winding its way across the country. Every day, more than a thousand trains transport people and products—helping to get Canadians where they need to go and driving our economy.
The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame is the Railway Association of Canada’s (RAC’s) way of recognizing the people, technologies, organizations and communities that have been instrumental in building this strong and vibrant railway network.
Honouring Canada’s Railway Past—and Celebrating Its Present
The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame celebrates the rail industry’s rich history and the essential role it continues to play in the lives of Canadians. It also allows RAC to acknowledge outstanding achievements in the industry.
Each year, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, together with members of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors, reviews nomination submissions and selects inductees in the following four areas: Rail Heroes, Industry Trailblazers, Community Champions, and Technological Innovation.
As a “virtual” Hall of Fame, it provides an online resource for people across the country and around the world to learn about Canada’s unique railway story.
“The day that I was informed that I was being inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame was a day of mixed feelings. At first I thought it was a joke because I had never even heard of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame, very quickly I was told it wasn’t a joke. At that juncture my emotions ran rampant; complete surprise, humbling thoughts, great curiosity as to why, an honor, and gratitude to those who had chosen me.
I enjoyed just about every day being a railroader, having the opportunity to be trained by, and work for Canadian Pacific Railway, and later on working throughout the world on many railroads. It wasn’t a job… It was Love!”