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EXPORAIL Celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Driving of the Last Spike

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A number of us have visited Exporail (as reported here) which can legitimately lay claim to being Canada's National Railway Museum. Last summer I visited the site of this monumental event in Canada's history as documented in this TRHA News Blog posting. This year is the 125 anniversary of the driving of the last spike. Exporail will be celebrating this special event and invites everyone to join the celebration as follows as follows:

"Relive one of the most memorable moments in Canadian history, when the eastern and western portions of the Canadian Pacific Railway met at Craigellachie, British Colombia 125 years ago, on November 7, 1885.
Visitors coming to Exporail, the Canadian Railway museum, will be able to climb aboard the business car “Saskatchewan” used by William C. Van Horne, the director under seeing the construction of the Canadian Pacific railway. This magnificent car, equipped with all the conforts of the era, transported Mr. Van Horne from Montreal to Craigellachie, B.C. to assist in this historic moment. Small group of 5 or 6 persons at a time will be able to board the car, visit the different rooms and discover the history associated with it.
As well, visitors will be able to imagine themselves taking part of this historical occasion. The public can stand in the company of Donald A. Smith, William C. Van Horne, Sandford Fleming and many other historical figures by inserting themselves into the photograph (see image above) that was taken at the driving of the last spike."
These activities will be occurring at Exporail on Sunday, November 7, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Click here to read the next of our series of TRHA News postings on the 125th Anniversary of the driving of the Last Spike on the CPR.
Posting by Russ Milland

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