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Accession Number: 73-1001


Department of Railways and Canals fonds. -- 1833, 1900. -- 2 items.

Biography / History

The Department of Railways and Canals was created in 1879 by extracting from the Department of Public Works its Railway Branch and the operational responsibilities for canals administered by the Office of the Chief Engineer, and combining them to form a new ministry composed of the two branches (the Railway Branch and the Canal Branch). The Railway Branch was responsible for the construction, operation, and maintenance of government-owned railways, and administered a program of financial assistance designed to encourage railway companies to construct new lines. The Canal Branch supervised the operation, maintenance, and enlargement of the Canadian Canal System and undertook the construction of new canals when required. In 1936, the Department of Railways and Canals was amalgamated with the Department of Marine and the Civil Aviation Branch of the Department of National Defence to form the Department of Transport. (Taken from: Canada. "National Archives General Guide Series: Government Archives Division." Ottawa: National Archives of Canada, 1991.)

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of John Mappin before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of two documents: 1) R.B. Rogers' (superintending engineer) covering report on the proposed Trent Canal from Port Hope to Rice Lake, 8 pages, January 31, 1900. 2) The supporting, or investigated, document submitted by Robt. A. Maingy (mining and civil engineer) to Lt. Gov. Sir John Colborne on the same topic on March 6, 1833, 8 pages. Roger's report was submitted to Collingwood Scheiber, Chief Engineer of the Department of Railways and Canals.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

The fonds was donated by John Mappin.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the National Archives of Canada (RG 43).

For related records see: 72-1003, 75-1035 and 82-022 (Geale-Rogers Family fonds).