Vancouver TALK 23: Some Insights on Railway Technology

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Speaker: Paul Clegg, Retired Director of Network Transactions, Canadian Pacific Railway


The topics will include the following:

·        Why is standard gauge such an unusual measurement 4' 81/2"?

·        Backward compatibility - air brakes

·        The MacDonald Tunnel - ventilation for more than exhaust gas

·        Hybrid Locomotives - generating electricity from coal rolling down hill

·        Distributed Power - NASA meets the railroad

·        Efficiency of the steel wheel & continuous profile



Paul Clegg, Calgary, Alberta, is the retired Director of Network Transactions for Canadian Pacific Railway.

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  Date and Time




  • Date: 16 Mar 2024
  • Time: 09:45 AM to 11:00 AM
  • All times are (UTC-07:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
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Paul Clegg


Some Insights on Railway Technology


Paul Clegg, Calgary, Alberta, is the retired Director of Network Transactions for Canadian Pacific Railway. During his 37-year career with CP he was engaged in Grain Marketing in both Montreal and Winnipeg and Network Strategy and Research in Calgary.  During his time with Network Strategy, he was responsible for line sales and acquisitions as well as planning for new rail lines in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland near Edmonton.  

He has a number of articles published on CPR history including the revolutionary 36’ steel inside sheathed “Dominion” boxcar, meat and livestock movement and aspects of CPR’s building and bridge designs.  He is also a committee member for the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame.

Paul is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce in Transportation and Logistics.  He was also a Logistics officer in the Canadian Forces Reserve.  He is a member of the Lexington Group in Transportation History, the National Dream Legacy Society and has participated in the Canadian Transportation Research Forum. 

Address:Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


9:45 AM Zoom opens
10:00 AM Welcome and speaker introduction
10:05 AM Speaker