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Industry Achievement
Jess C. Nowicki (2006)
A fine ambassador of the railway.

Jess C. NowickiA third generation railroader, Jess spent his life educating and promoting the Canadian Pacific Railway. Born next to the CPR at Suffield, Alberta, he spent his career not only working for the railway as a trainman and conductor, but collecting books, photographs, and memorabilia related to the CPR's rich history. He was also instrumental in the community of Medicine Hat receiving their heritage diesel locomotives for their downtown park. At 90 years old in 2005, Jess could tell the stores from a first hand perspective as his dad and grandfather built the railroad west.

Jess Nowicki being inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame Later in his career, Jess was especially well known as the "Trainman" on the Park Car of the famous "Canadian" passenger train between Medicine Hat and Field, where he was known to give impromptu history lessons and show old timetables to the traveling public. His basement in Medicine Hat was filled with letters and newspaper clippings from travelers the world over, thanking him for his time.

As the classic CPR conductor, Jess Nowicki is a railway hero, deserving of his induction to the Hall of Fame in 2006.

Jess Nowicki passed away peacefully at his residence on Saturday, October 4, 2008, at the age of 93 years.

Photos : CPR

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