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Rails Across the Prairies: The Railway Heritage of Canada’s Prairie Provinces [Paperback]

Ron Brown
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June 30 2012

Rails Across the Prairies traces the evolution of Canada's rail network, including the appearance of the first steam engine on the back of a barge. The book looks at the arrival of European settlers before the railway and examines how they coped by using ferry services on the Assiniboine and North Saskatchewan Rivers. The work then follows the building of the railways, the rivalries of their owners, and the unusual irrigation works of Canadian Pacific Railway. The towns were nearly all the creation of the railways from their layout to their often unusual names.

Eventually, the rail lines declined, though many are experiencing a limited revival. Learn what the heritage lover can still see of the Prairies' railway legacy, including existing rail operations and the stories the railways brought with them. Many landmarks lie vacant, including ghost towns and elevators, while many others survive as museums or interpretative sites.


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… a must have for anyone with a connection to or interest in railways, trains, or Canadian history.

Rails Across the Prairies is an excellent book for browsing and research.

About the Author

Ron Brown is a freelance travel writer and photographer who has published over 20 books, including The Lake Erie Shore, The Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, and Ontario's Ghost Town Heritage. Brown is past-chair of the Writers' Union of Canada and is active with the Travel Media Association of Canada and the Book and Periodical Council. He lives in Toronto.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reminder for old-time railroaders Jan. 10 2014
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I bought this book for my dad on his 90th birthday. He spend 43 years with the CNR and worked at a number of stations featured in the book. Well researched and written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A nice overview of Canadian railroading in the praire provinces Nov. 6 2013
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A nice history of Canadian railroads in the praire provinces. One problem with the Kindle version is that in some chapters the alignment of the text. The bold headings in the subsections overlap the first few words of the first paragraph making them unreadable.
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