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Canadian railroad hall of fame adds three inductees


The Canadian Railway Hall of Fame recently inducted three railroaders to honor their achievements and contributions to the nation’s rail industry.

The hall inducted the late Keith Hunt, who rose from an apprentice electrician to corporate vice president of Canadian National Railway Co.; Jim Munsey, who began his railroad career as a Morse code telegrapher and eventually became a regional safety manager for CN; and Steve Harvey, a long-time GO Transit employee and system safety officer.

While serving as VP of CN’s Great Lakes Region in the 1970s, Hunt was involved in the construction of the now world-famous CN Tower. He was recognized by his colleagues and employees for his attention to safety, influenced a number of railroaders and was instrumental in the return of CN’s steam locomotive 6060 to excursion service, hall of fame officials said in a prepared statement. Hunt died in April 2008.

Munsey’s contributions to the rail industry included revamping operating timetables to boost consistency and help train crews, assisting the Morse Telegraphers Club as a system resource and educator, and helping to develop new and improved operating rules and instructions, the hall of fame said.

Harvey, who coordinates and conducts emergency responder training, emergency preparedness exercises, and trespass prevention programs, designed and implemented GO Transit's Near Collision Reporting Program. The hall of fame also awarded Harvey an Industry Achievement Award to recognize his efforts to promote rail safety to the public.

Created in 2002 by the Railway Association of Canada, the hall maintains a Web site,, and an interpretative park in Big Valley, Alberta.

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