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July 2011 : Newsletters~Canadian

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July 2011
Dear Friend,

     Summer is definitely here and a great time to look at things you couldn't fit into last year's school schedule. Many of you mentioned that your children love trains and some of you asked if we had any units on them. We don't have a train unit study, but we have pulled together different resources for your budding railway engineers! 
This pdf. will make you glad, that as a driver of an automobile, you only have to know what three lights mean: Cdn. Engineers Signal Rules.
Canadian School Train. Pupils of Indian, Finnish, Norwegian, French and British extraction attend classes at Nemigos near Chapleau, Ontario.
Railway Humour: 
A traveler asks the ticket collector what time the train stops at Victoria. "Sir, we don't stop at Victoria," the collector said.
"But I have to get off there!" he insisted.
 "Well, there might be one thing I can do. I might be able to get the engineer to slow down the train a little. Then I can dangle you out the door and lower you onto the platform."
"Will that work?"
"It's worth a try." As they approached the platform, the collector hangs the man in mid-air out the door. The man starts running in mid-air
"Run faster! faster!" The man's feet touch the platform. His shoes start to smoke! He's running at 30 MPH. He's made it! He starts to slow down! The other passengers stare in amazement.As the last car goes by, a hand grabs the man by the shirt collar and lifts the man right back into the train!
The gent who picked him up says, "Man you're lucky I was here to help! This train doesn't even STOP in Victoria!"


Kids Site of Canadian Trains

Trains have played a big part in Canada's history.Discover Canada's train stories from the people who were there!
Famous Moments
The first trains in Canada,how the train helped put down a rebellion,hitching rides on the rails-these are just some of the stories found in this section.
Building a Railway
Rock slides,blasting accidents,sunstroke,
scurvy,frostbite,wild animals,swamps-these dangers were all in a day's work for those who built our railways.
Special Trains
Imagine visiting your dentist or having your classroom on a train. That's just what some other children did. Discover these special trains and other unusual trains in this section.

This section taken directly from The Library and Archives of Canada : Site of Canadian Trains. Lesson Plans can be found there.

Featured Books:


The Railways
Have fun and learn!
  • Build a model locomotive
  • Solve a switching problem
  • Play a board game
  • And much, much more...

The Kids Book of Canada's Railways
The full colour illustrations are beautifully done and will captivate students. This informative book presents one of the most important accomplishments in Canadian history.

Dear Canada: Ribbon of Shining Steel
The Railway Diary of Kate Cameron, Yale, British Columbia, 1882
Kate's father is a builder for the C.P.R. Everyone is excited about the "Iron Horse", but building the railroad is a treacherous undertaking.

Danger on the Tracks
When a train suffers a horrible wreck nearby suspicions abound, and the railwaymen offer a $200 reward to anyone who can prove the cause of the wreck. Meg sees the reward as the answer to their difficulties, and figures out a sure-fire way to flush out the culprits.

Railway Essay
Ties That Bind
Here is a brief essay of the Railway in Canada. Take a look at the 90 year old promotional posters!