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#1 Andy Parkinson

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 19:11

In Greg McDonnells book Canadian Pacific there is an interesting section re CP trains stopping on Armistice Day and sounding their horns at the end of the 2 minutes silence, does this still take place and is it just CP?
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Posted 04 March 2012 - 22:15

From personal experience here in British Columbia, they don't stop the trains. However, they still sound the horns at the end of the 2 minute silence - if the wind is on the right direction, we can hear the horns being sounded in the Port Coquitlam yards, about 2 miles away.

(Edit - just noticed the time of your post, Andy - very appropriate!)

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 17:49

Thanks for the reply PH. I personally found CP's simple act of remembrance very moving and unique. Its not something I've heard of being even considered in the UK despite the large number of railway employees killed in both world wars.
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:23

Remember that CP and CN employees were likely to be very personally involved in the deaths of forces members overseas, as in most small communities the telegrams were exclusively a railway-operated service, so it might well be your friendly station agent who had to deliver the sad news of Missing, believed dead or Killed in action to people he knew and saw every day.

That sort of thing leaves its mark.






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