The Ice Railway

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This booklet/manuscript consists of 4 letter-sized pages with slightly thicker stock for the front and rear wraps, with one staple to the top left corner. Previous owners somewhat large ownership stamp to the front wrap with the number 8572 hand written within the stamp. Interior is clean and unmarked. Lightly bumped to extremities, bit of "corner curl" to show, very minor soiling, a small "ding" with a very short tear to the left edge near the top of the front wrap. Printed to the verso of the front wrap: The cover illustration is a contemporary newspaper artist's impression of Notman's photographer shooting the inaugural train over the ice railway in January, 1880. The resulting photograph is reproduced in the interior of this booklet. ABOUT THE MANUSCRIPT The story, "The Ice Railway", was written by the late Robert R. Brown as a sequel to his series of articles which appeared in the Canadian Railroad Historical Association's "News Report" under the title "Crossing the River" and which dealt in detail with the construction of the Victoria Tubular Bridge of the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada. This series appeared several years ago. As it was not possible to provide illustrations in the "News Report" at that time, "The Ice Railway" was held until such time as it was possible to reproduce this interesting story in a form which would do justice to its content and to its author and to illustrate it with Norman's celebrated photograph of the inaugural train, and the equally familiar contemporary newspaper artist's sketches from the periodical "L' Opinion Publique", one of which shows Notman taking the picture referred to! It is thus in this expanded form that Association now issues this manuscript from the extensive writing of our well remembered friend and associate, Robert Ritchie Brown. Omer S. A. Lavallee Chairman, Editorial Committee Canadian Railroad Historical Assn., Montreal, July 15th, 1960