Canadian Government Railways

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Canadian Government Railways
RG 30 IV A l b i
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Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Canadian Government Railways was the descriptive name of all federally owned railways in Canada from about the 1880s until 1918, when its operations were combined with the recently nationalized Canadian Northern Railway. In the following year, the Canadian National Railway was incorporated to operate both companies. The Intercolonial Railway of Canada was organized in 1867 to fulfil a Confederation promise of linking the Maritime provinces by rail to Ontario and Québec and assuming ownership of provincially owned railways in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In 1879 the Intercolonial purchased the Grand Trunk Railway line from Rivière-du-Loup to Point Lévis, opposite Quebec City. Other railways that were a part of this system included the Prince Edward Island Railway, the Grand Trunk Pacific, and the Hudson Bay Railway. Although Canadian Government Railways only existed as a legal name between 1915 and 1918 before evolving into the Canadian National Railway, it was a very visible Canadian railway during World War One due to the large scale of wartime railway operation.
The title of Chief Superintendent was changed to General Manager in 1892.
This collection consists of records generated and maintained by the Office of the Chief Superintendent. These records consist of general outward correspondence for the period between 1879 to 1892.