Virtual Museum Canada

Sir SandFord Fleming - The Knight Of Time

A wide area of action

Deploying the railway network

Steam and electricity are the twin agencies of civilization.

Excerpt from Fleming's journal
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Sandford Fleming was a visionary who saw the extraordinary potential of railways in the development of the colony. Rail connected communities to each other, created jobs, led to the settlement of isolated areas and stimulated the economy.

Cartoon ridiculing the work of MacMullen compared to Fleming's ideas.
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Fleming was closely involved in the expansion of the Canadian railway network. He worked actively on the development of the Intercolonial Railway in the east, where he introduced pioneering construction techniques.

Then he helped set up the transcontinental railway that opened up the west for settlement. From east to west, Sandford Fleming worked to achieve one of his dreams: creating a railway link from coast to coast.


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Cartoon The trains (.pdf - 1,2Mb) |  Transcription

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