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Canadian Pacific
Public Relations & Advertising
P.O. Box 6042, Station "A"
Montreal, P.Q.   H3C 3E4
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Volume 13
Number 8
June 15, 1983
CP Rail launches new radio ad campaign
A new series of radio commercials
about CP Rail and its people has
been launched on many broadcasting stations across Canada.
The radio campaign is based on
the theme "CP Rail — Helping Canada move forward" and features
music, a special song about CP Railway men and women and brief words
from employees about their work and
the railway.
"What comes across in the commercials is a sense of pride on the
part played by employees and the
railway in helping Canada move forward in the next months and years,"
said K.F. Key, director of advertising
for Canadian Pacific.
Plans call for the campaign to be
expanded later this year to include
newspaper advertising explaining
how the railway is working today to
meet Canada's transportation needs
for the future, he said.
The thrust of the campaign is to
bolster CP Rail's reputation and public image as a modern, innovative,
progressive and cost-efficient transporter of import/export and domestic
The key to the advertising and its
credibility is the people of CP Rail,
said Mr. Key. Employees in all facets
of the railway were interviewed to get
their views.
There was a track maintenance
foreman at Revelstoke, a maintenance of way clerk at Brandon, a retired locomotive engineer in Toronto
and an operations manager with intermodal services in Montreal, to
name a few.
"They told us about their jobs and
their fellow workers. They talked about customers and service. They
spoke with pride about the role they
play in CP Rail," said Executive Vice-
President R.S. Allison.
"Their words became our radio
"I've always felt that the men and
women of CP Rail are our most important asset—the crucial difference
(See "CP Rail's page 3)
Priority trains to offer
high-speed service
TORONTO — CP Rail has introduced two new high-speed specialized
freight trains on its Toronto-Montreal corridor to compete for piggyback trailer
and container traffic between Southern Ontario and Quebec and the Maritimes.
The two new trains, numbered 928
and 506, operate five days a week
with departure times designed to
allow shippers to bring trailers or containers to the railway's Toronto terminal during the evening and still
have them delivered in Montreal at
the consignee's door early the next
The first, 928, leaves Toronto in
mid-evening and carries only highway trailers and CP Rail's own
domestic containers.
The second, which leaves about
five hours later, handles import/export containers bound for the Racine
Container Terminal in Montreal and
the Brunterm Terminal in Saint John,
"The two trains are given top priority while enroute. CP Rail crews are
waiting in Montreal to switch and begin offloading as soon as the train
arrives," said Bill Hand, regional
manager, intermodal services.
"Our ability to be cost competitive,
plus speed and reliability regardless
of weather conditions make these
trains major attractions for shippers."
To make the seven hour, 30 minute trip from the intermodal terminal
in the west end of Toronto to its' terminals in the north end of Montreal
and the Montreal harbor, the trains
are pulled by SD 40-2 diesel locomotives. The 3,000 horsepower locomotives are easily capable of maintaining the train at speeds of about 65
miles (105 kilometres) an hour.
"Major upgrading projects on our
Montreal-Toronto main line, including laying continuous welded rail,
(See "New" page 2)
Well Connected: One of the "links" in Windsor Station's famed "French Connection," Romeo Ardouin,
(centre) recently retired as manager of pricing, marketing and sales. The occasion, marked with well wishes and a
little humor, culminated a 36-year career by Mr. Ardouin who started with the railway in 1947 as a machine biller at
Place Viger in Montreal. Mr. Ardouin plans to use his free time for gourmet baking and the production of maple syrup
at his country home in Ste. Christine, Que. Other members of "The French Connection" surrounded the retiree for a
commemorative photo. They are (from left): Gerry Cusson, pricing analyst, Mau Favreau, pricing supervisor, Guy
Moquin, pricing supervisor, Bernie Blain, pricing analyst. The missing member of the six-man team was Claude
Lavoie, pricing analyst. (Photo by Ron Paquet)
Vancouver Division rail employees
strive to improve safety record
VANCOUVER — After having the
unenviable distinction of placing last
in CP Rail's 1982 safety standings, a
concentrated effort by all Vancouver
Division personnel is beginning to
show positive results.
System-wide employee casualty
records to date indicate that the division's diligence has resulted in a 72
per cent reduction in lost-time injuries.
The division's injury index, based
on a formula which combines the
severity and frequency of lost-time
injuries, from January to April was
2.4, compared to last year's disappointing 8.7 performance.
"Having the distinction of placing
last in 1982 literally made us stick out
like a sore thumb," said W.A. Stewart, division deputy superintendent."
"When Mr. (John) Kelsall, vice-
president, operation and maintenance, recently said that a poor safety performance would not be tolerated and that pressure would be applied to the weak links in the system.
We knew he was taking direct aim at
the Vancouver Division. Things had
to improve!"
"It was also a matter of pride," Mr.
Stewart added. "No one likes to be a
loser, and you can be sure none of
our employees wants the division to
remain near the bottom of the safety
Efforts to improve the division's
poor record really started half way
through 1982, after the division suffered a rash of injuries.
Mr. Stewart believed that communication, co-operation and involvement by all Vancouver Division
employees was critical in getting the
safety improvement program going.
While it would be unrealistic to expect that industrial accidents could
be completely eliminated, a goal of
reducing injuries by 45 per cent was
set for 1983.
(See "Vancouver" page 8)
Dimensional move: Marketing and Sales Representative Chuck
Marshall, of Edmonton, is seen here as a major "dimensional" shipment is
transferred from rail to road for the last leg of a trip from Houston, Texas, to
Central Alberta. Four heat exchangers, one weighing 225,000 pounds
(102,060 kilograms) and the other three 172,000 pounds (78,019 kilograms)
each, were transported by CP Rail to Nisku, just south of Edmonton, where a
local trucking firm, Lackie Brothers, took over for the balance of the trip. The
shipper was Dow Chemical, Engineering and Construction Division, which is
building the second Alberta Gas Ethylene plant at Joffre, near Red Deer.
Wheat and blue skies
only part of variety
on Brandon Division
Page 4
Students unfurl flags
as company announces
Expo 86 participation
Page 2
.*K- \ Flags unfurled with announcement
Couple decorated: Seen here following the presentation of bravery
decorations to Lloyd and Use MacDonald (at right) are (from left) Governor-
General Edward Schreyer, Mrs. Schreyer, and the MacDonald's daughter,
Medals of Bravery
presented to couple
Lloyd MacDonald, financial
analyst with the finance and accounting department at Windsor Station,
and his wife Lise were recently
awarded Medals of Bravery for pulling an accident victim from a burning
Conrail deal
MONTREAL—Canadian National
Railway Company and Canadian
Pacific Limited have announced an
agreement with Consolidated Rail
Corporation (Conrail) for the acquisition of certain of its Canadian
assets. The acquisition would be
made by Canadian National and
Canadian Pacific in partnership.
The assets involved include Con-
rail's leases of the Canada Southern
Railway line and the Detroit River
Tunnel, about 72 per cent of the
shares of The Canada Southern Railway Company, and all the shares of
the Detroit River Tunnel Company.
The couple were among 34 Canadians to be honored at the investiture
at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Governor-
General Edward Schreyer made the
The MacDonalds were vacationing
at Lac Vert, 45 miles (72 kilometres)
northwest of Montebello, Que., in August 1981 when Mrs. MacDonald
alerted her husband that a car had
veered into a ditch near their summer
"Though the front of the car was in
flames and the heat was extreme,
Mr. MacDonald opened the door on
the passenger's side," read the bravery citation. "Through the smoke he
saw the driver trapped between the
seat and the dashboard.
"He reached inside but was unable
to extricate the apparently unconscious man. Lise MacDonald then
joined her husband and together they
managed to drag the victim away
from the fire."
Unfortunately, the driver of the car
was dead, having suffered a fatal
heart attack at the wheel of his car.
Retires: Leandre Theriault, a helper
carman at Angus Shops, retires with
36 years of service.
Congratulations: Dominique Di
loia, a machinist at Angus Shops,
retires with 41 years of service.
Canadian Pacific is participating
in Expo 86 — Man in Motion
VANCOUVER — Canadian Pacific is the first private corporation to
announce its participation in the 1986
World Exposition on Transportation
— Expo 86.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frederick S. Burbidge made the
announcement here on May 18 at a
flag-raising ceremony which included about 60 people. In attendance
were Expo 86 officials, the Provincial
Minister of Tourism and the Mayor of
"Canadian Pacific has played an
important role in the development of
the country and the province," Mr.
Burbidge said. "We are a major presence here today and it is fitting that
we should be a major presence at
Expo 86. I can assure you that we
intend to be exactly that.
"The theme of Expo 86 — Man in
Motion — symbolizes transportation
and the role it plays in our interdependent world. It symbolizes also the history and future of both Vancouver
and Canadian Pacific."
Work recognized: Therese Deschenes, assistant manager of administrative services, was recently named Woman of the Year.
Therese Deschenes earns
Woman of the Year award
Therese Deschenes, assistant manager of administrative services at
Windsor Station, has been named Woman of the Year by the O'Sullivan
College in Montreal.
The secretarial college is one of the first such institutions to specialize in
office automation. In co-operation with such organizations in the business
community as the Montreal Chamber of Commerce over the past few years, it
has named a "Woman of the Year" who distinguishes herself in one of many
business activities.
Mrs. Deschenes has been with Canadian Pacific for more than 30 years
and was a member of a committee which created the administrative services
department and introduced office automation.
She also took part in the creation of the Language Policy Implementation
Office at Windsor Station as well as the planning and development of Canadian Pacific's participation at Expo 67.
She was also a director of the International Information/Word Processing
Association from 1979 to 1981.
Energetic former conductor turns 100
Jim Pattison, a prominent Vancouver businessman and chairman of
Expo 86 board of directors, said he
was delighted and most grateful for
the company's participation.
"We expect that some 16 million
people will visit the grounds during
the five months of Expo," he said,
adding that the company's pavilion
would be one of the major points of
interest at the fair.
Vancouver's Mayor Michael Har-
court also expressed his appreciation of Canadian Pacific's involvement. "I learned the meaning of hard
work," the mayor said, "thanks to the
eight years I spent with the CPR as a
dining car waiter.
"During that time I had an opportunity to see the country and the impact
that CP Rail has had on Canada. Expo 86 will revitalize our great country.
Thanks and congratulations to Canadian Pacific on being the flagship corporation to participate."
Mr. Burbidge presented Expo
Commissioner-General Patrick Reid
with a replica of a CP Rail station
clock to time the countdown between
the ceremony and the exposition's
opening day. On handing over the
clock, Mr. Burbidge said: "There are
now 1,078 days and 10 hours to the
opening date."
B.C. Tourism Expo 86 Minister
Claude Richmond pointed out the
strong ties between Expo 86 and Canadian Pacific. "No other Canadian
company has such strong historical
links to Expo's transportation theme.
And no other company has played
such an important role in the historical development of the three hosts of
Expo 86 — Canada, British Columbia
and Vancouver," he said.
"The Expo site itself was once
railway yards and warehouses. And
the year 1986 was chosen for Expo
86 to celebrate not only Vancouver's
centennary but also the centennial of
Canadian Pacific's first scheduled
trans-continental train service to the
west coast. Canadian Pacific's participation will be an integral part of Expo 86," he added.
New service
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slag ballast and massive tie replacement programs, have made this corridor one of the safest and best on the
system," said Mr. Hand.
"The excellent rail bed and motive
power enable us to compete effectively for this traffic and benefit the
shipper with a fast, efficient service."
HOLlle now Centensrisn: J. Hector Houle, former conductor turned
100 years of age, chats with Atlantic Region Vice-President G.E. Benoit.
Some 350 of J. Hector Houle's
family and friends got together in
Hull, Que., May 14 to wish the
energetic former conductor a happy
100th birthday.
Representatives of the federal and
provincial governments and the railway were on hand to wish the centenarian well and local newspapers
prominently displayed stories and
photos of the event.
But for Mr. Houle the notoriety that
accompanies such a milestone
doesn't threaten to change his way of
"I try to walk a mile every day,
either to go to the store, to play cards
with friends or just stroll through the
neighborhood," he says.
Family members add that a little
sip of "whisky blanc" — Mr. Houle
refers to this as his daily constitutional — is also part of his daily regimen
and the spry former railroader says it
is "a habit I intend to keep."
He has been married three times;
his current wife, Diane, is 85. They
were married in 1975 when Mr. Houle
was 92.
Quebec Division Superintendent
J. V. Rivest attended the festivities in
Hull and, on behalf of the company,
presented Mr. Houle with two silk-
screened reproductions of ex-C.P.R.
steam locomotives mounted on an
inscribed wooden plaque. Also,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer F. S. Burbidge sent him a congratulatory letter.
Two weeks before his birthday, Mr.
Houle visited Windsor Station and
was welcomed by Atlantic Region
Vice-President G. E. Benoit and the
Canadian Pacific Pioneer's Association. Fred Champagne, president of
the pensioner's group, presented Mr.
Houle with a lifetime membership.
Manager, Employee Publications
Ron Grant
Timothy R. Humphreys
Editorial assistant,
Lise Baillargeon
Jane Mudry, Vancouver
Ralph Wilson, Calgary
Ken Emmond, Winnipeg
Stephen Morris, Toronto
CP Rail News is published every
three weeks in both English and
French for the employees and pensioners of CP Rail. All letters and
enquiries should be addressed to:
The Editor, CP Rail News, Public
Relations and Advertising Dept.,
Windsor Station, Montreal, Que.,
H3C 3E4.
CP Rail 14 Steel Wheel
Interview: Intermodal specialists Richard Beatty (right) and Earl Neal
(centre) discuss their job with an ad agency researcher at a Montreal sound
studio. They were among many employees interviewed for the railway's
radio commercials.
CP Rail's radio ads
travel the airwaves
(Cont'd from page 1)
between being a good railway and a
great one.
"In my view, the entire series of
60-second commercials is a tribute to
all employees of CP Rail," he said.
More than 110 English and French
radio stations coast to coast are airing the radio ads.
"With the ads we also wanted to
recognize the employees of CP Rail
and show them we are proud of their
contributions to making the railway
what it is today," said Mr. Key.
One of the greatest difficulties was
selecting only a few of the employees
interviewed to become "CP Rail
"The interviews produced a wealth
of material for the commercials and
the actual selection of employees to
feature in the radio ads was a very
difficult task at best," he said.
A special song was commissioned
to give the commercials audience
appeal and a distinctive flavor. "Steel
Wheel", a ballad written by Steve
Catlin of McKim Advertising about
being a CP Railway man, became
the theme song.
There are four variations of the
song — two English and two French.
Singer Tim Daniels does the original version while Shirley Eikhard
sings a different refrain for those
commercials featuring female employees.
Popular Quebec singers Donald
Lautrec and Louise Lemire sing the
male and female French versions entitled "Grands Horizons."
The music and lyrics were recorded by Kessler Productions in
Toronto and the majority of the musicians who play the background
music are members of the Toronto
Symphony Orchestra
Railway in SOng: The words of"Steel Wheel", written by Steve Catlin, have been riding the airwaves of radio
stations across Canada. Seen here is a mixed freight making its way through Bow Valley between Banff and Lake
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A list of stations airing commercials
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For employees wishing to tune in to
listen for CP Rail's new series of radio
commercials, here is a list of radio stations by province and city which are airing
the 60-second spots.
Montreal — CFQR-FM, CFCF and
CJAD in English and CKAC, CKVL, CJMS
and CITE-FM in French; Quebec City—
CJRP, CHIK-FM and CHRC in French;
Sherbrooke — CJRS, CHLT and CITE-
FM in French.
and CFMO-FM in English and CJRC,
CKCH and CIMF-FM in French; Toronto
London — CFPL, CFPL-FM and CJBX-
FM; Sudbury — CHNO/CJMX-FM and
CKSO/CIGM-FM; Smith Falls — CJET/
CKUE-FM; North Bay — CFCH and
and CJSD-FM; Hamilton — CKDS-FM,
Winnipeg — CKRC/CKWG-FM and
CJOB; Brandon — CKLQ and CKX/
CKX-FM; Portage La Prairie — CFRY;
Morden — CISV; Dauphin — CKDM.
Regina — CKCK and CKRM/CFMQ-
FM; Saskatoon — CJWW and CFQC;
Moose Jaw — CHAB; Prince Albert —
CKBI and CFMM-FM; Lloydminster —
CKSA; Swift Current — CKSW, CJSN
and CFGL-FM; North Battleford —
CJNB and CJNS; Meadow Lake —
CJNS; Rosetown — CKKR; Shaunavon
Calgary — CFCN, CFAC and CHQR;
Edmonton — CJCA/CIRK-FM, CHQT,
CFCW and CHED; Lethbridge —CHEC,
CKTA and CILA-FM; Grand Prairie —
CJXX and CFGP; Medicine Hat — CJCY
and CHAT; Red Deer — CKGY, CKRD
and CFCR-FM; St. Paul/Bonnyville —
CHLW; Grand Centre —CILW; Taber—
CKTA; High River — CHRB; Wetaski-
win — CJOI.
Vancouver —CKNW, CHQM/CHQM-
FM, CJOR and CKWX; Victoria—CFAX,
CKDA/CFMS-FM and CJVI; Cranbrook
— CKEK and CFEK; Kamloops — CFJC,
CFFM-FM and CHNL; Kelowna —
CKOV, CHIM-FM and CKIQ; Nanaimo
— CHUB and CKEG; Nelson — CKKC
and CFKC; Penticton — CKOK, CKOR-
FM, CKOO, CKSP and CIGV-FM; Trail —
CJAT; Revelstoke — CKCR; Fort St.
John — CKNL; Fort Nelson — CFNL
Saint John —CFBC; Fredericton —
Kentville — CKEN.
Comments reflect employees' attitudes
In preparing the groundwork for CP Rail's
new advertising campaign, the company first
sought the views of a large number of employees across Canada.
What do they think about the railway? What
do they see as their role as an employee? How
can our customers best be served?
The resulting comments not only became
the basis for the new series of radio commercials hitting the airwaves across the country
but they quickly put to rest claims by skeptics
that pride in the CP Rail workforce may be
Here is a small, but representative, selection of comments received during interviews
with employees over the past several months.
Many of them you'll hear on the radio.
once it gets there. It takes a lot of learning; it's
a job you never get away from..."
* *    *
"It's a people-oriented company."
* *    *
"With the mountains you have mudslides,
rockslides, it's one of the hardest territories to
maintain and everyone gets together and
pulls their weight. You got to have teamwork...
your men have to respect you. You have to
respect them. That's one thing that's really
strong about the railway. There's a really good
bond between the workers."
another's customers and you have to develop
a sense of mutual trust... If there is one Canadian company that is known in other areas of
the world, it's CP Rail."
*    *    *
"I had a guy ask me 'How can you stand
going to work in the middle of the night?' And I
can't really answer that. Nobody, I don't imagine, would want to go to work in the middle
of the night. But I think subconsciously, you
have an obligation. That's railroading. Where
would our country be without the railroad to
start with?"
*    *    *
"I didn't realize there was much more to
running a railroad than the little guy that waves
in the engine and the caboose. There's so
many people involved with just getting a train
on the track and so many people responsible
* *    *
"Every day is a new experience, every day
is a new challenge."
* *    *
"CP Rail really doesn't end at the ports...
Russians, Chinese, Japanese, we're all one
* *    *
"It's a disease being a railroader... it's
something you get and you never lose..."
* *    *
"...After coming out of high school I figured
that one of the best things to do would be to
get started with the railway and CP Rail is a
big company and I consider myself to be extremely fortunate. We've got a lot of good people coming into CP Rail and they're proud of
the company and want to do a good job...
There's lots of places to go if you show that
you want to advance."
* *    *
"I'm your old Casey Jones. My heart is on
the road."
* *    *
"We're certainly one of the most innovative
railways in North America."
* *    *
"Ever since I was a boy... all I wanted to do
is grab hold of that cold throttle and go for
hundreds of miles in my imagination. It was a
very happy dream all right. I got set up as an
engineer... It's the best job in the world. If I had
to do it over again, I'd do it for nothin'. I
wouldn't take any pay." Mummery likes diesel's simplicity
'It's more like driving a car'
RANDON, Man. — The romance of the railways may be based on the
steam locomotive, but CP Rail Locomotive Engineer Bill Mummery is
quite content to operate a diesel.
Upgrading the lines: Track Maintainer Augustyn Noga (foreground) shovels ballast to make space for track jacks. Huge sums of money have been
allocated for track maintenance programs on the Brandon Division.
Brandon Division offers plenty variety
in terrain as well as in commodities
Anyone travelling over the 1,290
miles (2,076 kilometres) of
main and branch lines on the Brandon Division will find plenty of variety
— much more than grain fields, blue
sky and a spectacular sunset.
For example, take the junction of
the Minnedosa-Brendenbury subdivisions, where the CP Rail secondary main line angles northwest of
Portage La Prairie towards Saskatoon.
The gentle rise in altitude as the
line approaches Minnedosa and the
tiny creeks winding through the countryside at the bottom of giant river
banks are a legacy of the last ice age.
The topography has provided the
railway with a number of steep
grades "that require attention to
careful train handling," says C.E.
Minto, division superintendent.
Loaded unit trains travelling east to
Minnedosa cross the deep Assiniboine River Valley by descending a
grade which averages ,1.2 per cent
(with short stretches of 1.8 per cent)
and then climbing a grade averaging
1.1 per cent (with short stretches of
up to two per cent).
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Before coming to a stop at Minnedosa, trains must also descend 3.5
miles (5.6 kilometres) of grade averaging 1.4 per cent.
"It is not mountain railroading but
the winter pull-apart problem has
been severe enough to prompt experiments with robot cars and mid-
train power," he says.
In the southern reaches of the
Brandon Division, west of Winnipeg
and just north of the United States
border, the La Riviere sub-division
snakes through more hills and river-
flats, past one of Manitoba's few ski
resort areas. The geography provides plenty of variety for the trainmen who travel between Altona and
Prairie gives way to wasteland in
the Carberry area where the main
line skirts the Manitoba Desert, a region of sandy terrain, scrubby plant
life and even sand dunes that is one
of North America's geographical
But the diversity of the railway's
Brandon Division extends beyond
geography, as any marketing person
will tell you.
"We can send out a unit train of
potash in the morning and a unit train
of coal in theafternoon," says Leight-
on Price, the division's customer service centre supervisor.
The coal comes from Bienfait in
southwestern Saskatchewan. Most
of it is bound for Thunder Bay for use
in Ontario Hydro's coal-burning power generating plants.
The potash originates at Esterhazy
and Sylvite, also in Saskatchewan,
and is carried to destinations in Eastern Canada or the American Mid-
Like in other divisions located in
the Prairie provinces, wheat, barley
and canola originate from the Brandon Division. Every week at least 15
trains of these commodities are mar-
Co-OtdSnation: Running a division effectively requires a co-ordination of effort. Seen here in a meeting with
Superintendent Ted Minto (second from right) are (from left) Van Hayden, office manager, Marjorie Cameron,
secretary, Ed Chown, assistant maintenance of way clerk and Ken Edwards, assistant superintendent.
shalled on the division. Almost all of it
goes through Thunder Bay, but some
trains, especially in late winter, head
for Vancouver.
To handle this, and anticipated
traffic growth, efficiently and safely
requires well-maintained rail lines;
huge sums of money have been allocated for track maintenance programs.
Mr. Minto says that from its own
earnings, the railway has earmarked
$448,800 for bank widening on the
Carberry sub-division in preparation
for future ballast and rail programs,
$411,000 for replacement of one
bridge on the Minnedosa subdivision and $282,000 for new and
relayed rail, as well as lesser
amounts for other work.
In addition, the federal government
has provided $15.7 million through
the Prairie Branch Line Rehabilitation Program for maintenance work
on the Napinka and Glenboro subdivisions. Another $5.3 million has
been allocated for work on grain dependent branch lines.
But grain products form only part of
the long, varied list of commodities
handled by the employees on the division.
"We carry all kinds of agricultural
products — literally everything from
soup to flax," says Mr. Price.
The soup is delivered across
Western Canada from the Campbell
Soup Company plant at Portage La
Prairie, 50 miles (80 kilometres) west
of Winnipeg.
And, throughout Southern Manitoba, huge stacks of flax straw dot the
landscape, aging for a year or more
before the straw — or fibre — is
loaded into boxcars and delivered to
New Jersey or North Carolina to be
made into tissue handkerchiefs or
high-grade linen.
The list of commodities includes
bagged peas, birdseed, corn for distilleries, Tupperware from a plant in
Morden, 80 miles (129 kilometres)
southwest of Winnipeg, sunflower
seeds and others. These all move in
small quantities either in boxcars or
by intermodal transfer.
It is this variety of traffic that helps
give Brandon Division its special
Equipment Upkeep: Engine Maintainer
George Gawryluk (right) and Gas Engine Maintainer Rick Ball do a little maintenance.
"With a steam engine you have to
watch your steam pressure and your
water glass monitoring the water
level in the boiler, and just see that
everything's going well," said Mr.
Mummery. "With a diesel you get
different gauges — it's more like running a car."
Mr. Mummery said the operation of
pulling a train is much the same,
however, since the air brakes and the
other controls have not changed
much in recent years.
It's the simplicity of the diesel engine that makes it nice, with better
traction from the heavier units and
the worry of firing the engine eliminated.
"It's a lot cleaner," he said. "There
isn't the hard work that went along
with the steam."
The cabs are better insulated from
the elements these days, too. In the
days of the coal-fired engines, said
Mr. Mummery, "you'd be roasting on
one side and freezing on the other in
the winter time."
The railway has been Mr. Mummery's life for 40 years — he started
helping to service engines between
runs as a summer employee back in
1943 when he was a youth of 15.
Railroading is also a family tradition — his father was a locomotive
engineer, his grandfather was a
boilermaker and his cousin Wes is
the railway's chief mechancial
When Mr. Mummery got his
locomotive engineer's papers in
1951 the railway operated exclusively on steam. He "wrote up" for a
locomotive engineer after spending
seven years as a fireman, firing the
steam boiler and watching the
locomotive engineer do his work.
The change-over to diesels began
in the late 1950s and within 10 years
the railway had converted completely
to diesel power.
Working out of Brandon, Mr. Mummery operates on the 131-mile
(211-kilometre) run west to Broadview, Sask.
He is slated to run a train whenever
his name surfaces at the top of a list
of about 10 locomotive engineers.
"Usually it's 30 to 36 hours between runs in the middle of the
week," Mr. Mummery said. "On the
weekends it's usually 24 to 30 hours
that you're home."
He is telephoned at home — at any
time of day or night — when it's his
turn to go.
"They say you're married to the
phone half the time," he said, adding
"actually, we have quite a bit of time
The size and nature of the train,
weather, and the amount of other
traffic combine to determine the time
it takes to get to Broadview.
"You never know whether you're
going to be five hours or 10 hours on
the road," said Mr. Mummery. Once
at Broadview, he usually cooks a
meal, watches television, or takes a
nap at a CP Rail bunkhouse while
awaiting an eastbound train to run
back to Brandon.
Mr. Mummery knows every curve,
every rise, and every bump on the
Brandon-to-Broadview road, and
maintains that this is the way it should
be for safe operation of a train.
"The big thing is knowing the road,
where you're at," he said. "If you're
going over a strange sub-division you
ask for a pilot."
The operations are pretty standard, no matter what the cargo is, so
the biggest uncertainties usually
come from cars and trucks at highway crossings.
"The risks some people take at a
crossing!" said Mr. Mummery. "It
sure gives you a sick feeling in the pit
of your stomach."
Pratt's railway past
Your Own bOSS: Operator Jack Tessier (inset) mans this station at La Riviere, Man., about 110 miles (177
kilometres) southwest of Winnipeg. Life can be lonely, says Mr. Tessier, but there are busy moments too, especialy
when the station, built in 1898, falls prey to tourists.
Lonely outpost is busy at times
but Tessier takes it all in stride
In some ways it's a lonely job Jack
Tessier has as operator at La
Riviere, Man., a Brandon Division
station 110 miles (177 kilometres)
southwest of Winnipeg.
But, as Mr. Tessier is quick to point
out, there are compensations when
you are living in a small community;
in this case, a picturesque valley and
one of the few downhill ski resorts in
There's the scenery, the neigh-
borliness, and, as Mr. Tessier puts it,
"you are your own boss. There's nobody looking over your shoulder."
And, there's time for his hobby,
The fact that La Riviere is a tourist
centre as well as an agricultural com
munity manifests itself in unusual
ways at times. Some mornings the
Tessiers are amused to find sightseers peering through the windows
of their 85-year-old station.
There are busy times, too, at the La
Riviere Station.
One of the busiest occured in
1980, when construction crews were
replacing a bridge near Morris, diverting traffic from its normal route
into Winnipeg. For several weeks,
the trains had to go west as far as
Brandon and back east on the main
line, travelling more than 200 miles
(321 kilometres) out of their way.
"One night there were 141 cars in
the yard," recalls Mr. Tessier. "The
dispatcher told me we had more units
than they had in Winnipeg."
It can be very quiet in the winter,
but, says Mr. Tessier, "once the grain
starts to move it's go, go, go. Once
they start loading ships at Thunder
Bay they start running trains left and
There are way trains routinely rolling through three times a week, and,
during the Thunder Bay shipping
season, there are two or three grain
trains a week... and sometimes
The life may be different, but it
seems to agree with Mr. Tessier; he
has been at La Riviere for 16 of his 34
years with the railroad.
Informal job gave him pride
Not too many former employees
still carry the gold pass —
especially more than 10 years after
Jimmy Pratt started working for the
company as an office boy on the former Souris Division in southwestern
Manitoba when he was 14 years old.
He retired 51 years later, in 1973,
after serving as office manager for
the Brandon Division.
Brandon CSC's Jim and George
Brereton and Les Fraser retire. Page 6.
Mr. Pratt's memories serve as a
barometer of time, as he remembers
the various sub-divisions that existed
on the prairies in the 1920s and
"In those days," he recalls, "the
Souris Division started at Kemnay, 8
Lube Check: Machinist Bob Mummery checks the oil of one of the locomotives in the    Tinkering: Old watches clutter the kitchen table of Jimmy Pratt, who
diesel shop for maintenance. retired in 1973 after 51 years service.
miles (13 kilometres) west of Brandon, and went to Estevan and Areola.
It had sub-divisions running from
Napinka to La Riviere, Wolseley to
Windygages, from Reston to
Wolseley, from Souris to Areola, from
Lauden to Alida, from Lauden to
Boissevain, and from Lyleton to De-
It was a network of rail lines never
to be seen again, as the Souris Division office closed in 1931, reflecting
the consolidation of railway service in
the wake of a growing grid of highways.
The changes came gradually, Mr.
Pratt says. "I don't think I could put
my finger on a year when it started to
change very rapidly.
"When the men came back from
overseas and claimed their rightful
place it was a big change. The
diesels made a big difference, too."
One of Mr. Pratt's jobs — an informal one, but one that gave him a
great deal of pride — was that of
keeping the station clock running.
"Clocks are something I've tinkered with all my life," he says,
"though I never did much of it 'till I
came to Brandon. I started doing
more of it as my friends would bring
their clocks over, and I'd see what I
could do with them."
Checking stats: CSC Supervisor
Leighton Price (left) goes over
paperwork with Willie Chapin.
On the job: Rick Ball, gas engine
maintainer, ensures all is in order at
the maintenance of way equipment
shop. Retiring from company service
Looking On: Winnipeg B& B Master Mert Hidgkins looks on as Lloyd
Arnel does some welding shortly before Mr. Hidgkins' last day of work after
42 years of service. About 50 of Mr. Hidgkins' friends and colleagues
attended a reception for him on his last day on the job.
Warm wishes: James E. Page retires as engineer of facility planning
and development, chief mechanical
officer's dept, in Montreal. Mr. Page
started with CP Rail as a machinist
apprentice at Calgary's Ogden
Shops and during his 40 year career
has worked at Winnipeg, Red Deer,
Lethbridge, as well as in Korea for
Canadian Pacific Consulting Services.
A happy day: Ian Miller, assistant general claims agent in the Winnipeg
office, is helped by his wife Shirley as he cuts a special railway cake at a
retirement reception in his honor. Mr. Miller has worked with the company for
37 years. Looking on is C. W. Baum, general claims agent, Prairie Region.
Model gift: Lawrence Mer rig an
(left), a machinist helper at St. Luc
Diesel Shop, retires with 41 years of
service. Wishing him well is Cameron Muir, shop manager.
At Brandon
All Set tO go: Retiring Electrical Foreman Maurice Bornais (right) hands
over his truck keys to Electrician Leon Tremblay at Glen Yard. Mr. Bornais
has 38 years of company service. Mr. Tremblay has been appointed electrical foreman and is assuming Mr. Bornais' responsibilities.
Fond farewell: Maurice Thouin retires with 40 years of service. Mr.
Thouin began his railway career in 1943 as a switchtender. In 1950, he was
promoted to yardmaster and in 1966 to deputy general yardmaster at
Hochelage Industrial Area, Quebec Division, a position he held at the time of
his retirement.
CSC pioneer, assistants pull the plug
For Jim Brereton, fun is refinishing
the family's oak dining room suite,
volunteering his many talents to the
community, and — until one day late
last February — working as the supervisor of CP Rail's Customer Service Centre in Brandon.
Mr. Brereton waited until he was 64
years old to retire because he
couldn't imagine himself staying
home from the work he has pursued
since 1939, when he started as a call
"I had a terrible time to decide to
retire," he said. "Even after I made
the decision, I had trouble accepting
that it had to be."
But Mr. Brereton did finally pull the
plug this year, in a joint celebration
along with his brother' George and
Les Fraser, his two assistants at the
CSC. Among the three of them were
125 years of service and experience
— 43 years each from Jim Brereton
and Mr. Fraser, and 39 years from
brother George.
While Mr. Brereton is looked upon
as a real leader and pioneer in the
development of the CSC concept at
Brandon, he has also made important contributions to the City of Brandon over the years.
For several years he was chairman
of the Parking and Traffic Authority,
laying out Brandon's progressive
one-way street system, and looking
after public parking. In addition, he
served on the Police Commission for
"five or six years", and was a city
alderman for five years during the
Before the Second World War, Mr.
Brereton was a member of the militia,
and when war broke out he went
TriO retires: Brandon CSC Supervisor Jim Brereton recently retired along with his assistants brother George and
Les Fraser. The three men are seen here with their wives. From left, are Helen and Jim Brereton, Les and Charlotte
Fraser and Eloise and George Brereton.
overseas and served in the artillery
as a captain. He served with distinction, and was mentioned in dispatches, a special kind of honor for servicemen.
He resumed his militia role after
the war, and eventually became the
commanding officer of the local
squadron, retiring a decade ago as a
Still, Mr. Brereton has had time for
"I'm a do-it-yourselfer," he said. "I
really enjoy that. I have a complete
workshop, and I've never had a
tradesman in the house since I was
married. At the moment I'm renovating the dining room suite."
Despite his retirement from the
world of work, Mr. Brereton still has
not retired from public service; at present he is chairman of the Court of
Review—Tax Assessment, a kind of
ombudsman for citizens unhappy
with their property assessment.
"We've had a real nice life in Brandon," he says. "The city has been
good to us. The people have been
Although his actions speak out for
Mr. Brereton's status in the community, local businessman Bill Manson
has put it in perspective: "Jim has
served with distinction not only the
railroad but also the Brandon community, through his military life and
through his civilian life."
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Finishing up: Ephrem Larocque, a
yard foreman at St. Luc Yard, retires
with 35 years of service. Mr. Larocque began his service in 1947 as a
yardman at Angus Shops. He became a yard foreman in 1951 and
transferred to St. Luc in 1968.
Anticipation: Robert Chicoine, a
carman at Angus Shops, has retired
with 41 years of service. ss
A job well done: John Delaney, yard foreman at St. Boniface Yard in
Winnipeg — seen here with his grandson Gregory — was honored at a
reception at the station when he retired recently after 42 years.
Retires: Paul Emile Lehouillier, a
machinist at Angus Shops, retires
with 39 years of service.
Best wishes: Patrick Gilead, assistant general foreman, car department at Angus Shops, retires with 44
years of service.
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Good luck: Leo Lepkowski, a
laboratory technician at Angus
Shops, retires with 40 years of service.
Last day: Carman Guy Delisle, of
St. Luc Yard, retires with 38 years of
service. Mr. Delisle started as a car
cleaner at Glen Yard in 1944, transferred to Sortin Yard in 1947 as a
carman and then moved to St. Luc in
Happy retirement:  Rene Frenette, a machinist at Angus Shops,
retires with 41 years of service with CP Rail.
Writing E&N's colorful history
an extension of retiree's career
VICTORIA — After a lifetime
career as a railroader on Vancouver
Island, 42 years to be exact, Locomotive Engineer Don MacLachlan has
retired from running the Esquimalt
and Nanaimo (E & N) dayliner.
But Don's immediate plans do not
include sitting back and taking it
easy. For the past several months he
has been compiling a history of the E
& N from its inauguration to its
takeover by the Canadian Pacific
Railway in 1905.
"I hope to have the book ready for
publication by this summer," he says.
"This is the first volume of a two
volume set I plan; the second will
cover the years from 1905 to the present."
"One thing most people don't realize about the E & N is that Sir John A.
MacDonald drove the last spike at
mile 25.0. That was in 1888," he said.
Don is eminently qualified to write
a history of the line. His father was a
48-year veteran with the railway before his retirement in 1958. Don's
brother, Alan, is the third locomotive
engineer in the family and still drives
the dayliner on the E & N; the three
combined have to date 130 years
service with the railway.
Don's earliest memories include
the time when he was four years old
and would stand waiting by the track
for his father's train to come in (the
track ran right by the MacLachlan
His father would stop the train, the
brakeman would lift him into the engine and Don would complete the
ride into the Victoria roundhouse.
Another unique childhood experience was the time when he was two
years old and was in a derailment —
that he slept right through. He was
Popular With tourists: Locomotive Engineer Don MacLachlan recently retired from the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway where he worked on
a dayliner.
travelling in the caboose at the time;
the caboose tipped over but Don
didn't wake up. The locomotive engineer was his father.
Don's career began with CP Rail in
1941 as a fireman and he became
locomotive engineer 15 years later.
The E & N passenger run is a daylong trip from Victoria to Courtenay
and back again over 91/2 hours.
"The trip is very popular with tourists and with Islanders. The track
looks different from one time of the
year to the next with each season
having its own particular beauty," he
The E & N's popularity with tourists
is evidenced by comments found in
the dayliner guest book, which contains remarks such as, "Engineman
Farewell gathering: Douglas Kavanagh, a master mechanic on the
Quebec Division, poses with his wife at a farewell party given in honor of his
retirement after 44 years of service.
Don MacLachlan wields the train
through a fantastic dimension...
"Our congratulations to a man who
knows every tie on the railroad."
Don's familiarity with the line
prompted him to write a booklet entitled "Trackside" which details for
passengers the various points of interest outside their windows.
"I was asked all kinds of questions
by tourists so I decided to write the
guidebook. Typical questions are
'How do you stay on the track?', 'How
much do you make?' and 'How do
you steer it?', he says.
"Trackside" begins with a bit of history about the E & N and continues
with a mileage description such as:
"Every railway has to have at least
one tunnel and we are now
approaching at Mile 15.6 the only one
on the Esquimalt and Nanaimo... as
we come out of the tunnel on the right
an excellent view may be had of the
Island Highway and Saanich Inlet
"I've included a section on what
each station name means. For example, Qualicum is an Indian word
meaning 'Where the dog salmon
run.'," he says.
The booklet is completed by a section on most asked questions such as
"How long does it take to walk to the
beach at Qualicum?".
When Don retired on Jan. 8, it was
a testiment to his popularity that the
entire run was a day-long, island-
wide party.
An extra car was added to the train
and 100 well-wishers and railway
supporters, including Mayor Peter
Pollen of Victoria, travelled the 280
return trip miles with Don. Others on
the train were members of various
railway historical associations and
friends from as far away as San Gabriel, California.
The front of the dayliner was draped with a huge banner entitled,
"1941 - 1983, Donny's last run."
Over the entire trip, friends he had
made over the years were at stations
and whistle stops to wish him the best
in his retirement.
That evening, a formal reception
was held at the Empress Hotel that
was attended by scores of railroad
"Even though I've retired I intend to
remain active in railroading," he
says. Besides writing his books, Don
is active in railway historical clubs
and has a scale model train in his
basement that has been fashioned to
look as authentic as possible. Vancouver's safety message filters through
(Cont'd from page 1)
Across the division Safety and
Health Committees geared up to see
if they could improve their safety
Out of the various meetings came
a number of 'back-to-basics'
approaches to cut down on the number of lost-time injuries.
Statistics taken from 1409s (lost
time injury reports) were examined
and, when recurring problems were
identified, they were given particular
For instance, a high number of
back injuries were recorded through
the first half of 1982 at Vancouver's
car shops. The car department's
Safety and Health Committee instituted a successful program to show
workers safe and proper methods of
lifting heavy articles.
"Safe working practices really start
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with the right attitude," said Brian
McDonagh, vice-chairman of the
Vancouver local of the Brotherhood
of Railway Carmen and co-chairman
of the Vancouver car department's
Safety and Health Committee.
"Employees have to be thinking
safety at work all the time. This requires everyone to be made aware of
proper operating procedures and of
the importance of using safety equipment."
Mr. McDonagh added that full participation by both labor and management is key and must be a visible part
of any successful safety program.
The safety message had to filter up
and down from senior management
through to first line supervisors and to
the man on the shop floor or out on
the track.
The number of safety meetings
across the Vancouver Division in
1983 were also increased. At each
session the message that safety is
both the individual's responsibility
and that of management is repeated.
Another recurring theme stressed
at each safety meeting is: Correcting
safety-related problems before accidents occur is vital to keeping down
the number of lost-time injuries.
"You have to be your brother's
keeper and use the buddy system,"
said Ed Liske, division accident prevention co-ordinator, at a recent
safety meeting at Princeton. "If you
see your fellow employee handling
equipment unsafely tell him before
he gets hurt.
"Both management and labor are
expected to keep a look-out for
1. An engine to keep CP Rail
8. The shape of the "house" wherein No. 1 ACROSS gets fixed.
9. This is what everybody talks about and nobody does anything
10. Grass is said to be like this on the
other side of the fence.
11. Author of "A Doll's House".
12. Golden auburn hair color named
after a 16th Century Italian
14. Greatly to enjoy things — especially food.
17. Removing the "R" from a pal gets
you this nasty fellow.
19. Reasoning from cause to effect.
(Latin): 2 wds.
21. This chap would likely be more at
home with CP Air than with CP
22. Avoid — but with cleverness or
23. Manager of a railway yard.
2. Wealthy, luxuriant.
3. Of, or in, former times.
4. Advancing in a forward direction
— like Christian soldiers.
5. Form a mental picture.
6. Predominant characteristics of a
racial culture.
7. Offshoot of the route of a railroad:
2 wds.
8. The property wherein railroad
trackage lies: 3 wds.
13. A listener — yet one who examines the accounts.
15. Set apart — all by itself.
16. The bone that forms the back of
the human pelvis.
18. Uplift the mind by moral example
or instruction.
20. Marsh plants with tall, straight,
hollow stems.
Solution next issue
Shooting for Number One: Roberto Fernandez, a diesel shop machinist at Coquitlam Yard, is presented
with a color television by Hans Hansen, division master mechanic. Mr. Fernandez is one of a number of winners in the
Vancouver Division's Safety Improvement Campaign. The division placed last in last year's safety standings but has
made significant improvements in the number of lost-time injuries in recent months.
hazardous conditions and operating
procedures and once cited, these
should be acted upon as soon as
To get all employees involved in
improving the division's position in
the safety standings, a safety slogan
contest was created in November.
Of some 1,800 employees on the
division almost half entered slogan
"The idea was that if each person
spent only 15 minutes developing a
slogan, it meant he was consciously
thinking about the problem," said
Mr. Stewart. "The response far exceeded our expectations."
The winning slogan, Stay Alert,
Don't Get Hurt, came from R.S. Gill,
track maintainer, Agassiz. It is now
used on all of the division's safety
bulletins and on a variety of other
division material.
In addition to this contest, it was
departments (mechanical, mainte- ur
nance-of-way, station and sheds, e.
nance-of-way; station and sheds,
and running trades) maintaining a
30-day lost-time injury-free period
would be recognized.
In March, the maintenance-of-way
employees were the first group to
have no 1409s for the month. The
names of all maintenance-of-way
employees were put into a box and a
drawing for a color television set was
held. The winner was Joe Sarac, a
bridgeman on the Princeton subdivision.
In April, employees from the
mechanical department, maintenance-of-way and stations and
sheds all achieved 30-day accident-
free records. After drawings, prizes
were awarded to Mukhtiar Sandu,
assistant track maintenance foreman, Don Stoner, assistant yard-
master, and Roberto Fernandez,
diesel shop machinist.
The incentive program will continue monthly.
Although it's a long way from the
bottom of the safety standing to the
top — and with all other divisions
working hard to improve their own
performances — the results so far
have been encouraging.
Injuries recorded for the first quarter of the year are well below last year
and the division has moved up to
14th place in the standings.
"Without being overly optimistic,"
Mr. Stewart told a recent safety meeting at Vancouver, "if everyone works
together it's possible the division
could wind up the year with CP Rail's
Achievement in Safety Award for
attaining the greatest reduction in
personal injuries. I think that would
be something we could all be proud
'Buddy system' maintains record
CRANBROOK, B.C. — The safety
record at the car and diesel shops
here is a source of pride for foremen
Ed Johnson and Bill McCormack.
"We had an accident in the diesel
shop on Nov. 4, 1974 and when we
looked in the records, we went all the
way back and had trouble finding the
one previous. It looks as though
we've had only the one accident in 32
years," says Bill.
"The reason we're able to keep
this up is the buddy system and
through regular safety meetings," he
adds. "The guys know what they
have going and they are not willing to
jeapordize it."
Ed agrees. "Everyone looks after
each other. If they see someone
doing something wrong, they either
let that person know it or they tell us,"
he says.
"That seems to prevent a lot of
problems. We've had a clean record
now for nine and a half years. The
men want to keep it that way.
"Every year we have a special dinner to celebrate. People don't want to
lose out on the dinner — if someone
had an accident, he'd really be in for
The car and diesel shops employ a
Working Safely: Four of Cran brook's carmen are seen here working on
a set of wheels. They are (from left) Fred Burlingham, carman helper, Harold
MacFarlane, Gordon Kesslar and Lloyd Mason.
total of 54 men; the car shop boasts
700,000 accident-free manhours
since Sept. 15,1973, including overtime.
"That has to be some kind of record, especially for people who work
with the auxiliary unit," says Ed. "If
anyone has a better record, we don't
know about it; on the Pacific Region,
it's the best record."
, There are many hours logged over
the course of the year transporting
men in vehicles and here again the
safety record is secure.
The Kootenay Division had the
second best divisional personal injury index in 1982 and received the
system division plaque. Overall, the
division has achieved a complete
turnaround in safety since the prior
year with much of the credit going to
the employees themselves, according to Superintendent Martin Lypka.
"Personally, its a good feeling to
know that we're providing a safe
working environment for employees", he says.
He also gives credit to the monthly
Safety and Health committees at
Trail, Nelson and Cranbrook which
made site inspections and recommendations throughout the year.
Accident Prevention Officer Wen-
dall Clifford has waged a strong campaign to increase safety awareness
throughout the division. Special contests have emphasized the rules of
safety to which employees should
pay attention.


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