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Salute to the Prince Edward Island Railway

 
 
Salute to the Prince Edward Island Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
1. Salute to the Prince Edward Island Railway Marker
Inscription.  The Prince Edward Island Railway began operating in 1875. Its establishment was accomplished largely through the efforts of two Summerside brothers, James Colledge Pope, who was Premier when the Railway Bill was passed in 1871, and William Henry Pope, a Father of Confederation. The narrow guage track ran from Tignish to Souris. The routing through Summerside, bypassing the more established communities of Bedeque and St. Eleanor’s, reflected the town’s growing prominence as an important center of commerce and trade.

The massive and controversial debt incurred during construction was the single most compelling factor in forcing the island to abandon its strong anti-Confederation position and join Canada in 1873. The Terms of Confederation were negotiated for P.E.I. by Premier J.C. Pope and included a guarantee of a continuous steam connection with the mainland. This became a significant factor in Summerside’s early development since freight and passengers were transported from Summerside by steamship to Point Du Chêne, New Brunswick.

This rail connection continued until the Borden, P.E.I. – Cape Tormentine, N.B. ferry service
Prince Edward Island Railway Marker<br>(<i>wide view from Water Street • marker on right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 17, 2019
2. Prince Edward Island Railway Marker
(wide view from Water Street • marker on right)
was introduced in 1917. The last train rolled out of Summerside in 1989, ending more than a century of railway tradition.

Mural (left to right):
Panel 1 • P.E.I. railmen pose proudly with hand-fired steam engine #4. Driver David Pound is at the throttle.
Panel 2 • Summerside engineers Ernie Deighan and Freddie MacKinnon in front of engine #1119.
Panel 3 • Summerside freight shed crew – 1910
Panel 4 • Oiler stands by narrow gauge steam engine. Note the large cowcatcher.
Panel 5 • The 1913 “Million Dollar Train” transporting breeding foxes from Tignish. Among those shown is Charles Dalton, co-founder of the Silver Fox Industry.
Panel 6 • Freight train carrying dehydrated potatoes destined for military forces overseas – 1945.
Mural Artist: Greg Garand - 1998
 
Location. 46° 23.464′ N, 63° 47.318′ W. Marker is in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, in Prince County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street (Prince Edward Island Route 11) and Granville Street, on the right when traveling east on Water Street. Marker is located beside the sidewalk at the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summerside, Prince Edward Island C1N 1B1, Canada. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Railway Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgina Fane Pope
Mural 1 • P.E.I. railmen pose proudly with hand-fired steam engine #4 image. Click for full size.
By Mural Artist: Greg Garand - 1998
3. Mural 1 • P.E.I. railmen pose proudly with hand-fired steam engine #4
(about 210 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Summerside Armoury (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Former Summerside Post Office / L'Ancien Bureau de Poste de Summerside (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); James Colledge Pope (approx. 6.7 kilometers away); Les Dix Conventions Nationales Acadiennes (approx. 7.5 kilometers away); La fondation de Miscouche (approx. 7.5 kilometers away); Les Acadiens de la baie de Malpèque (approx. 7.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Summerside.
 
Also see . . .  Prince Edward Island Railway (Wikipedia). The railway ran tip-to-tip on the island, from Tignish in the west to Elmira in the east, serving Borden-Carleton's train ferry dock, Summerside, Charlottetown, Montague and Georgetown and the original eastern terminus at Souris. A major spur from Charlottetown served Murray Harbour on the south coast. By 1872, construction debts threatened to bankrupt the colony. The United Kingdom had consistently encouraged the small colony to enter into Canadian Confederation, something which it had been avoiding. The railway construction debts pushed the colony into reconsidering Confederation, and following further negotiations,
Mural 2 • Summerside engineers Ernie Deighan and Freddie MacKinnon in front of engine #1119 image. Click for full size.
By Mural Artist: Greg Garand - 1998
4. Mural 2 • Summerside engineers Ernie Deighan and Freddie MacKinnon in front of engine #1119
Prince Edward Island became a province of Canada on July 1, 1873. (Submitted on October 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Mural 3 • Summerside freight shed crew – 1910 image. Click for full size.
By Mural Artist: Greg Garand - 1998
5. Mural 3 • Summerside freight shed crew – 1910
Mural 4 • Oiler stands by narrow gauge steam engine. Note the large cowcatcher. image. Click for full size.
By Mural Artist: Greg Garand - 1998
6. Mural 4 • Oiler stands by narrow gauge steam engine. Note the large cowcatcher.
Mural 5 • The 1913 “Million Dollar Train” transporting breeding foxes from Tignish image. Click for full size.
By Mural Artist: Greg Garand - 1998
7. Mural 5 • The 1913 “Million Dollar Train” transporting breeding foxes from Tignish
Mural 6 • Freight train carrying dehydrated potatoes destined for military forces overseas – 1945 image. Click for full size.
By Mural Artist: Greg Garand - 1998
8. Mural 6 • Freight train carrying dehydrated potatoes destined for military forces overseas – 1945
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 13, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 14, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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