Canadian Railroad Trilogy is a lavishly illustrated book with text by Gordon Lightfoot and pictures by Ian Wallace. It details the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, one of the pivotal accomplishments in Canada’s history and one of its defining cultural moments.
Using the famed singer-songwriter’s lyrics as the text, the book explores the history of the railroad. It chronicles the development from the men who first suggested the idea to the First Nations people who were displaced by its construction and to the many workers who toiled to make the dream a reality.
The illustrator, Ian Wallace, handmade the chalk pastels used to eloquently convey the triumphs and tragedies of this massive undertaking.
A Pittsburgh connection to this story is that Gordon Lightfoot performed this song in concert a number of years ago at Station Square. As he was starting the song a train came by and he patiently waited until the train completely passed by and then started the song over. It was a memorable moment from a great concert.
This is a wonderful book that should appeal to fans of both trains and history.