Railways

ARCHIVED - Canada, by Train, of Library and Archives Canada, provides a short history of railways in Canada. The Canadian Encyclopedia online provides useful information about the history of railways in Canada. It includes online articles about Canadian National Railway Company, Grand Trunk Railway of Canada, Canadian Pacific Railway, Intercolonial Railway and others.

Library and Archives Canada holds the records of Canadian National Railway Company and other affiliated railway companies that operated in Canada (Record Group 30). Please note that Canadian National Railway Company did not retain old personnel files of employees.

Some references relating to staff pay lists and registers can be found in the Archives Search database. There are also some miscellaneous files relating to railway employees within the records of other government departments. Use keywords such as "Grand Trunk," "Intercolonial".

Important Note

  • In order for you to undertake a meaningful search, you must know the specific railroad company, the person's occupation and the period of service.
  • Labourers involved with the construction of a railroad were the employees of the contractor who built the railroad, not railway company employees.

Databases

External Links to Other Institutions

Published Sources

Canadian Railway Records: A Guide for Genealogists by Althea and J. Creighton Douglas. (AMICUS 30651379)

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