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Sir SandFord Fleming - The Knight Of Time

Life At Full Speed

Early days at the Northern Railway

Intercolonial Railway timetable cover
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As a surveyor and engineer, Sandford Fleming worked on the development of some of Canada’s most important railways: the Northern Railway, the Intercolonial, the Canadian Pacific.

The Josephine locomotive of the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Railroad
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The first project in which he was involved was the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Rail-Road, which was to become the Northern Railway; it linked Toronto to Georgian Bay.

Fleming was hired by the company in 1852 and became chief engineer five years later.



Tender for construction on the Ontario, Simcoe & Huron Railroad
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This was the beginning of a railway career that was to span over thirty years.