Lines of Country Atlas Railway Waterway History Canada Hard Cover Oversize
Lines of Country Atlas Railway Waterway History Canada Hard Cover Oversize
Lines of Country Atlas Railway Waterway History Canada Hard Cover Oversize
Lines of Country Atlas Railway Waterway History Canada Hard Cover Oversize
Lines of Country Atlas Railway Waterway History Canada Hard Cover Oversize

Lines of Country Atlas Railway Waterway History Canada Hard Cover Oversize

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Lines of Country Atlas Railway Waterway History Canada Hard Cover Oversize
 
Lines of Country An Atlas of Railway and Waterway History in Canada  by Christopher Andreae.  
Hard Cover.   228 oversize pages.  39 full page color maps.   560 archival and contemporayr photographs, maps and drawings.     Copyright 1997.   Oversize - measures approx 12 X  15 inches.   HEAVY

A brief history of transportation in Canada, building the lines, mapping the lines, classifying the lines, index, more.  Lots of photos and maps.  
Foreword -- As president of Canadian National Railways, I have met countless people -many of them third- or fourth-generation CN employees - who speak with pride and enthusiasm of their role in the railway industry. I believe that railways have had more impact on shaping the growth of Canada than in any other country in the world, including the United States, or the United Kingdom, where steam-engines were first developed.
Railways played a fundamental role in uniting Canada and have been a powerful instrument of economic growth throughout our history. As Lines of Country so dramatically illustrates, a complex network of tracks was laid during several construction eras. In the last half-century, many of these lines were abandoned in response to motor vehicle competition and Canada's changing transportation requirements. Ongoing rationalization of the country's railways will produce a core network that will endure as an essential component of Canada's transportation infrastructure.
Today, the country's railways are faced with the challenge of ensuring their competitiveness. Both national railways will be further pruned and improved to meet efficiently the needs of contemporary Canada. The creation of short-line
railways - offering low-density feeder lines for sale to employees and local operators -is one method by which major railways have been able to lower costs without cutting service. As a result of these initiatives, there are more railway companies operating in Canada today than 20 years ago.
Throughout Canada's railway history, modernization has been key to maintaining competitive service. Lines of Country documents some of the major betterment programs that have occurred, particularly those at the turn of the century and following the Second World War.
Over the last ten years, Canadian railways have undertaken a similar process of modernization. Most recently, in the spring of 1995, Canadian National opened the new St Clair Tunnel to accommodate double-stack container trains moving between eastern Canada and the United States. The modernization of our network is part of a massive effort to become a North American transportation leader by achieving durable viability, superior customer service, and optimum competitiveness.
Coincidentally, Lines of Country is being published as CN enters one of the most important periods in its 72-year history. When railways first appeared in the 183os, private control was accepted - though not without disagreement - as the preferred form of operation. Ninety years later, public ownership was perceived - though, again, not without disagreement - as the way to meet the transportation needs of Canada in the 1920s. Today, privatization of railways - not just in Canada but in countries as diverse as Japan and Argentina - is now deemed a more appropriate way to manage railways in the modern transport environment.
Christopher Andreae's Lines of Country: An Atlas of Railway and Waterway History in Canada is the result of 20 years of painstaking research. It will serve as a useful reference work on transportation in Canada for generations to come.
Paul Tellier, President and Chief Executive Officer Canadian National




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