James A. Brown, Canadian author and preservationist, dies at age 82

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James A. Brown, prominent Canadian author, photographer, and rail preservationist who was a frequent contributor to Trains Magazine and Classic Trains, died at age 82 on Sept. 15 after a short illness.

A memorium on the Bytown Railway Society Facebook page notes Brown was mechanical engineer who began his career with Canadian Pacific and also worked for Canadian National and GO Transit, and was involved in the operation of tourist operations including the Mattawa (Ontario), South Simcoe Railway, and Waterloo & St. Jacobs, now the Waterloo Central. As a member of the Ontario Rail Association, he was involved in the operation of former Canadian Pacific steam locomotives in the Toronto area, and also helped arrange the preservation of Canadian National 4-8-4 No. 6213 by the City of Toronto. He helped preserve the former Canadian Pacific Alliston, Ont., station, which became his residence in nearby Tottenham, Ont.

He spent several years as editor of the Upper Canada Railway Society’s monthly publication and was a partner in Railfare Publications, which produced books about Canadian railroading, in the 1960s. He was also a regular contributor to the Bytown Railway Society publication, Branchline.

He is survived by family members including three daughters and two granddaughters. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Further details are available at his online obituary.





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