Picture of Doug Wilson

I've spent my whole life in the company of trains. I'm a second generation railroader, being the son of a Lieutenant in the CN Police Department. My father joined the railway the year that I was born and as a result of my father's career, I grew up next to the tracks in such railway towns as Jellicoe, Stratford, Fort Erie and Hornepayne. 

I'm a career railroader, joining CN in 1969. I held unionized positions such Crew Dispatcher, Engine Watchman/Hostler and Train Order Operator. Having acquired that grounding, I moved into management working in the Personal and Labour Relations Department in Montreal and Toronto. I found I wasn't getting enough exposure to trains, so I went through CN's Operations Training program and worked as a Trainmaster in Capreol, Toronto Union Station, Don Yard, Sarnia and Fort Erie. I later became Manager Special Projects, working on projects such as the new St. Clair Tunnel in Sarnia. My final position at CN was Director of Interline Management, where I was involved initially in network rationalization studies and then in the creation and sale of 20 of CN's partner short lines in Canada and the United States.  I retired from CN at the end of 2000 and accepted a position as Vice President of Trillium Railway, operating short lines in the Niagara Peninsula and south western Ontario.

I've enjoyed collecting railway antiques along the way, ranging from Dining Car China all the way up to a Track Motor Car. I'm a relative new comer to Ottawa having moved here after I  retired from Trillium in 2009. Since coming to Ottawa I have been on the Board of Directors for the Bytown Railway Society and a member of Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders. My interests include modelling in HO and I have an extensive railway photo collection.