Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

MOUNTAIN, George Alphonso , b. 28 Sept. 1860, Quebec City; d. 26 Feb. 1927, Ottawa. Educated at the Quebec Polytechnique College, he was apprenticed to the city engineer of Quebec, and later with Messrs. Kiniple and Morris of London and Greenlock, England. In 1881, he joined the Canada Atlantic Railway as assistant engineer and was made chief engineer six years later, a position he held until 1904. During this time, he oversaw the completion of the Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound section of the line (1896), was the chief engineer of the Coteau Bridge over the St. Lawrence River, between Coteau Landing and Valleyfield (1890), and was the consulting engineer for the Temiskaming Railway Commission. In 1904 he became chief engineer of the powerful Board of Railway Commissioners that reshaped freight and passenger rates in central and western Canada before 1914. He resigned in 1924 due to ill health. He was an active member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (Engineering Institute of Canada, 1918), serving on its council (1893, 1899, 1900, and 1901), was elected vice-president in 1903 and 1905, and became president in 1909. He was also a member of the American Railway Engineers and Maintenance-of-Way Association. He belonged to the Rideau Club, Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club, and the National Club, Toronto. An Anglican, he married Kate Damoureau in 1891, and they had one daughter.

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