Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers

Edited by
Rod Millard

SCHREIBER, Sir Collingwood , b. 14 Dec. 1831, Bradwell Lodge, Essex, England; d. 23 March 1918, Ottawa. Educated in England, Schreiber moved to Toronto in 1852 joining the Toronto and Hamilton Railway, and, in 1856, entered the firm of Fleming, Ridout and Schreiber, Toronto. From 1860 to 1863, he supervised the construction of the Northern Railway. He was divisional engineer on the Intercolonial Railway (Temiscouata section) and the Pictou Railway for the Nova Scotia government (1864-67), and became sectional engineer in 1868 under Fleming. Schreiber was appointed chief engineer and general manager of all Canadian government railways in 1873, before succeeding Fleming, in 1880, as chief engineer of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1892, he became chief engineer of the Department of Railways and Canals, and served ad deputy minister for thirteen years. In 1905, at age 73, he assumed the post of general consulting engineer to the dominion government and chief engineer of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Possessing a strong constitution, he continued to make his annual 500 mile inspection of the GTR's line on horseback until he was 79. A charter member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (1887), he sat on its council and numerous committees. In 1886, he was appointed a member of the Royal Commission on Railways. Best known for railway engineering, particularly on the GTP, he was made a CMG in 1893, and a KCMG in 1916.

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