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Sir SandFord Fleming - The Knight Of Time

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The Intercolonial Railway

Headquarters of the Intercolonial Railway in Moncton, New Brunswick
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After working for the Ontario, Simcoe and Huron Rail-Road, Sandford Fleming devoted his skills to another, crucially important railway section: the Intercolonial, linking the Maritimes and Canada East. Fleming was chief surveyor.

List of entrepreneurs for the Intercolonial Railway
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Among 15 possible routes, in 1865 he suggested the one that goes along Chaleur Bay and crosses the Matapedia valley to reach the St. Lawrence.

Fleming later became engineer-in-chief responsible for building part of the railway.

Map accompanying Fleming's report
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He travelled regularly to Ottawa to defend his decisions. He had a memorable quarrel with railway commissioners supervising the project over the choice of materials for railway bridges. Fleming worked for the Intercolonial until its opening in 1876