Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

BARCLAY, William Duncan , b. 23 Sept. 1851, Campbellton, N.B.; d. 12 Dec. 1913, Riverside, California. He began his career as a rodman on the Western Extension of the European and North American Railway, Saint John to Vanceboro (1867-1868), then joined the Maine Central Railway as an assistant engineer in 1869. From 1870 to 1874, he was assistant engineer on the Prince Edward Island Railway, was in charge of surveys for the Halifax and Cape Breton Railway (1875), then joined the Parsboro and Bay Verte Canal survey in Springhill N.S., responsible for location and construction. In 1876, he took charge of construction for the Intercolonial Railway between Cedar Hill and Metapedia. From 1876 to 1879, he was principal assistant engineer of the Halifax and Cape Breton Railway. After 1879, he worked on the location and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, becoming assistant chief engineer, western division, 1885. He was chief engineer, Alberta Railway and Coal Company (1885-1886), division engineer of the Great Northern Railway in charge of construction between Devilís Lake and Great Falls (1886-1888), and was in charge of construction of the Eastern Railway of Manitoba (1888-1890). He was general manager of the Alberta Railway and Coal Company, and Great Falls and Canada Railway (1890-1899), and, from 1900 to 1907, became a partner with Foley Brothers, St. Paul. He spent 1907 in foreign travels, and the following year was general manager of the Halifax and Southwestern Railway, and the Inverness Railway and Coal Company. In 1909, he was general manager of Canadian Northern Railway lines east of Ottawa and Montreal. He served on the Canadian Society of Civil Engineersí council (1896), and was a member of the Garrison Club of Quebec and the Halifax Club. In 1875, he married Marry E.C. Hamilton. They had no children.

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