A Thousand Blunders: The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and - download pdf or read online

By Frank Leonard

ISBN-10: 0774805323

ISBN-13: 9780774805322

In one thousand mistakes, Frank Leonard seems to be at why the 'Road of 1000 Wonders' didn't stay as much as the expectancies forecast via corporation president Charles M. Hays and different senior managers. not just used to be the railway outfitted via a carefully settled area, which generated little instant site visitors, yet its fiscal problems have been additionally compounded via the varied errors made via managers in any respect degrees: for instance, their failure to reply competently to labour shortages brought on critical delays and avoided the corporate from proving Prince Rupert as a good substitute harbour earlier than global struggle I broke out. For this ebook, Frank Leonard had entry to a wealth of unique records, between them the GTP felony division documents, supplying him with insights into the choices that shaped the foundation for guidelines in townsites and on Indian reserves. one thousand errors is a provocative account of 1 of the best disasters in Canadian entrepreneurial historical past. Richly targeted and carefully documented, it makes a big contribution to the fields of railway and enterprise heritage, in addition to to the learn of the historical past of northern British Columbia.

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For the GTP, however, 'there is no reason ... why this should not be a source of profit for the railway company itself. There is a great advantage to the railway company in being able to ... '20 Under the terms of the GTP incorporation act, the railway company could hold shares in a company that dealt in land. 21 For the GTP's townsite development policy to produce returns in British Columbia, the company had to secure a substantial property largely held by the Crown. G. 23 The company had little reason to expect such an award, however.

Additional payment not large when we consider the immense development probable. '100 On the issue of reversionary interest, GTP vice-president William Wainwright's breathless announcement that the company would 'go to the limit to cooperate' was not inaccurate. 101 48 A Thousand Blunders Although the GTP had conceded much, the company's Ottawa lobbyist maintained that the agreement was better than he expected: 'We are in far better position in the Province of British Columbia than we could have hoped for many years if our negotiations had fallen through and litigation had ensued ...

Although successive provincial governments had long sanctioned conditional grants of large tracts of land to railway promoters to encourage the extension of a rail network across the mountainous territory, this practice had recently come under attack. Since 1900, British Columbia governments 25 26 A Thousand Blunders had distanced themselves from land granting. In part, this move stemmed from a recognition that the old policy was inefficient; few of the promoted railways that received land grants were actually built.

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