Special Canadian Series, Article 1 of 4: From jewel to afterthought

By King’s MJ Students, The Signal, University of King’s College School of Journalism, Halifax, Nova Scotia; August 6, 2019

Article 1 of 4 in a special series from the senior students of the University of King’s College School of Journalism in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Canada’s cross-country passenger trains were once the jewels of the country’s transportation system.

In the 1870s, the Intercolonial Railway was built between Halifax and Quebec. A decade later, on November 7, 1885 at Craigellachie, British Columbia, Canadian Pacific Railway director Donald Smith drove the “last spike” of the new CPR, captured forever in Alexander Ross’s iconic photo (above).

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