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Fleming's Army

the civil engineers who built Canada's Intercolonial Railway

by Jay Underwood

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list price: $49.95
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category: Transportation
published: May 2011
ISBN:9781897190722
publisher: DC Books
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The book's history context is the period of the mid-1800s, when railway technology projects were viewed as making (or breaking) a community -- 'making' if the railway came to 'our' town, or hamlet, or even passed near our field -- 'breaking' if it did not, for our community would surely suffer, wither, maybe even die if passed by.

The new technology was still in its infancy, with much 'learning as we go' -- and it was expected that the railway would bring prosperity to its developers, cash to its contractors, fame (and re-election) to its politicians — and perhaps a little, or lots, of silver over the palms of those who supported the railway's establishment, rights-of-way choices, and it civil engineers.

The building of the Intercolonial Railway opened the opportunity for all kinds of excitement, greasing of palms, and outright fraud involving those who paid the bills to those who did (and often didn?t) do overseeing of the construction work. Once completed, the Intercolonial Railway became a vital transit corridor, carrying thousands of people and tons of merchandise, with ICR eventually becoming one of the key components of Canadian National Railways.

About the Author

Jay Underwood lives in Elmsdale, N.S., and has had a life-long connection with the military and the railways. Born in Changi, Singapore in 1958, son of a Royal Air Force non-commissioned officer, he earned his diploma in journalism from Holland College of Applied Arts and Technology in Charlottetown, PEI. He was city editor of the Truro, Nova Scotia, Daily News, and served for several years as the information officer for 1st battalion, the Nova Scotia Highlanders (North), Canada's largest militia infantry battalion. He joined the Halifax Daily News as senior copy editor and a member of the editorial board. His books include Ketchum's Folly, a history of the Chignecto Ship Railway in Cumberland County (Lancelot Press 1995), Full Steam Ahead, (Lancelot Press, 1996), a biography of Nova Scotia born Alexander Mitchell, the designer of the 2-8-0 Consolidation type steam locomotive that went on to become one of the leading designs of the steam era. Underwood is currently president of the Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society, and is a contributor to Canadian Rails, the journal of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association. His article Fruit of a Poisoned Tree, an examination of the adoption of standard gauge on Canadian railways, won the association's award for best article in 2002.

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Jay Underwood is a graduate of the journalism program of Holland College of Applied Arts and Technology in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Jay began his career in newspapers as a nightshift proof reader and obituary writer with the Charlottetown Guardian-Patriot. He then moved to the New Glasgow, Nova Scotia Evening News, as a reporter-photographer, and to the Truro, Nova Scotia Daily News as city editor. Briefly serving as city editor at the Timmins, Ontario Daily Press, he returned to Nova Scotia as editor and publisher of the Springhill-Parrsboro Record, and the Enfield Weekly Press, before joining the staff of the Halifax Daily News as senior copy editor and a member of the editorial board.

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