Mount Royal, March 10, 2008 – Representatives of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame will be welcomed today at Town Hall by Mayor Vera Danyluk. For the occasion, a brief ceremony will mark Mount Royal’s induction into the Hall of Fame as a community of historical significance to the Canadian railway system. In fact, Mount Royal is the happy recipient of the 2007 Community Award handed out by this organization.
Since 2002, the Hall of Fame has recognized the merit of individuals, communities and various technological breakthroughs that have marked the development of Canadian railway transport by handing out no more than a few honours each year. Mount Royal’s induction raises it up alongside communities such as Banff (Alberta), London (Ontario) and, closer to home, Montreal, the only other Quebec city among the inductees.
Mount Royal is receiving this honour in recognition of its origins, which are intimately linked to railway development, but also for the fruitful relationship that it maintains to this day with train travel, particularly commuter trains. In the description that it provides for the cities that have been inducted, the Hall of Fame mentions, in Mount Royal’s case, the importance of the tunnel under the mountain in the creation of the Town, its subsequent success as a Model City and the references that still exist to the Canadian Northern Railway in local toponymy.
Mrs Danyluk will receive an honorary plaque from Hall of Fame representatives. Residents will be able to come admire the plaque at Town Hall, much like the H.M.C.S Royalmount bell, the tribute to World War II veterans and period photos of Mount Royal’s various mayors, all part of the local heritage being permanently displayed by the Town of Mount Royal.