CP, CN Salute Queen Elizabeth (UPDATED)

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Canadian Pacific (CP) and CN gave brief but “moving” tributes to Queen Elizabeth, who died Sept. 8 at 96.

“Thank you for your lifetime of service, ma’am,” CP wrote on Twitter. “Rest in peace, Your Majesty.” Also on Twitter, CN wrote: “The passing of #QueenElizabethII brings sadness but also rich memories for Canadians far and wide as she loved our country and its people.”

In the photo above, from CP’s archives, then-Princess Elizabeth, age 25 and the Duchess of Edinburgh, and her husband, Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, are seen aboard a CP passenger train in 1951 during their month-long Canadian tour.

CN provided the photo below on Twitter, explaining that in 1959, the railroad “welcomed Her Majesty to unveil the model of the new hotel that bears her name and CN’s building in Montreal.”

Photograph Courtesy of CN, via Twitter
CP T1b 2-10-4 Selkirk type 5920 assisting T1b 5923 on Passenger Extra 2863, the 1951 Royal Train, headed west at Glacier, B.C. The train has just climbed from Beavermouth and, in the five-mile-long Connaught Tunnel, crossed the summit at 3,787 feet. The tunnel was named for the Duke of Connaught, Canada’s Governor General from 1911 to 1916, the year the tunnel was opened. CP photo.

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at Hope Station during their 1951 Royal Tour of Canada in 1951. Photo by Walter Inouye, courtesy the Mission City Record.
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