Canadian National Railway

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Canadian National Railway

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  • C.N.R.

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1918 - present


The Canadian National Railway was established in 1918 by the Canadian Government during a period that saw the nationalization of several bankrupt railway companies. In 1919, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway failed and was taken over by the C.N.R. The Grand Trunk Pacific had operated four passenger steamships on the B.C. coast and several sternwheelers on the Skeena River and these services became part of Canadian National Steamships. Until 1975, the C.N.R. operated passenger ships connecting B.C. and Alaska.


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