CAPREOL, ON, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Capreol, a CN divisional point in northern
Ontario for the past 90 years, was inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of
Fame Saturday night. The event involved a series of festivities, from sports
to music and eating competitions, from dancing to a town-wide yard sale.
Prompted by a reunion of the Prescott Family, the community organized a
massive restoration and re-painting of steam locomotive 6077, with the
finishing touches completed this past weekend by volunteers, as part of its
90th birthday party. Tony Marquis, General Manager, Operations for CN's
Champlain Division in eastern Canada, made the announcement on behalf of the
Railway Hall of Fame tonight. A native of Capreol, he is a third-generation
railroader and a former locomotive engineer.
The township was named after Francis Chase Capreol, a civil engineer from
England responsible for building railways throughout Ontario. Frank Dennie,
considered the community's founder, built the first log house and gave land to
the railway for its facilities. Many streets were named after him and his
Several influential railroaders came from Capreol including Harold
Prescott, Mooch DelGreco, Bill McLeish, Gil Sweezey, Wayne Metcalfe, Pat Ross,
Laurie Macdonald, Ernie Purcell, Joe Madigan and senior union officials Guy
Ethier, Mike Wheten, Todd Cotie and David Colasimone. Several Prime Ministers
graced the platform in Capreol while travelling by train across Canada; The
Queen Mother and the Governor General greeted "Capreolites" there.
Capreol is still a railroad town, although now it's a bedroom community
to Sudbury. Its Work Equipment shop is owned by a private investor. Millenium
Centre was a joint venture between the Town, CN and the Government of Canada.
Then-mayor David Kilgour, Ray Bonin MP and Paul Tellier agreed to renovate the
former high school, complete with a bunkhouse and training centre for CN
employees. Capreol is also the home of the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum
and Heritage Centre.
Marquis said CN has always played a very active role in the development
of the community including the 6077, the Prescott Park that it is on, the
caboose and related resources. Other dignitaries at the dinner were Mayor John
Rodriguez, City of Greater Sudbury; councilors Ron Dupuis, Francis Calerelli
and Stu Thomas, President of the heritage centre.
The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame is a virtual entity created in 2002 by
the Railway Association of Canada with the support of its 57 member railways
and the Canadian Northern Society of Alberta. Since then, some 75 nominees
have been inducted on the website and in an interpretive park in the Big
Valley, Alberta that has already attracted more than 20,000 visitors. For more
information, please go to www.railfame.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Roger Cameron, Railway Association of Canada,
(613) 564-8097, firstname.lastname@example.org