John Speller's Web Pages Canadian Pacific Railway

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The first Canadian transcontinental railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, was the brainchild of the first Canadian Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald (1815-1891). It was largely brought to fruition by American-born Sir William Van Horne (1843-1914), whose great-great-nephew the Rev. Dr. Peter Van Horne is a good friend of mine, and who was successively first General Manager, second Vice President and second President of the CPR. The last spike was driven at Craigellachie on 7 November 1885, and the first transcontinental train ran on 30 June 1886. For a video about the building of the CPR, click here.
Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, K.C.M.G. (1843-1914), builder of the Canadian Pacific Railway
Sir Sandford Fleming (1827-1915), the Engineer who built the Canadian Pacific Railway and the originator of the 24-hour international clock based on the Greenwich meridian. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
The first President of the CPR, Sir Donald Smith, Bart., driving the last spike of the Canadian transcontinental railway at Craigellachie, 7 November 1885. Sir William Van Horne is the younger man on his right
The Canadian Pacific Railway was famous for its "vista dome" observation cars, of which it was a pioneer among world railways. This is an example from 1903. To enlarge, right click and select "view image"
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