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The development of steam-powered railways in the 19th century has long been identified as a crucial factor in the revolution of transportation in Canada, and an integral part of the nation building.

A song, the “Canadian Railroad Trilogy” is a song written, composed, and performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot that describes the building of the trans-Canada Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 1880s. This song was commissioned from Lightfoot by the CBC for a special broadcast on January 1, 1967, to start Canada’s Centennial year and took him three days to write.

This song really tells the story of where it all began.

Vern G – Loram Maintenance of Way

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