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CPR names B.C. interchange after Chinese rail worker

To honor Chinese workers’ contribution to the construction of its transcontinental mainline more than 120 years ago, Canadian Pacific Railway has named a Kamloops, British Columbia, interchange after Cheng Ging Butt. Born in southern China's Guangdon province in 1858, Butt worked on the line in the early 1880s. He died in 1930.

Thousands of Chinese workers helped build the line from the West Coast to Eagle Pass in the Monashee Mountains.

“Cheng Ging Butt is representative of the extraordinary people who withstood hardships to not only help build a railway, but a nation, as well,” said CPR Vice President Paul Clark in a prepared statement.

Located east of CPR’s Kamloops station, the Cheng Interchange is used by freight and passenger railroads. CPR also plans to build a special monument in Kamloops honoring Chinese rail workers.

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