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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 6, 1919, Lethbridge, Alberta CORPS DID IN '.X quiere-Easr. (2) Bapaumryard looking East Newly laid track along tow palU of Piord Canal, Leducquiere-Easl Division. (4) Steam shovel working in chalk pit (5) System for loading tanks, showing bundles of wood carried to dump in deep trenches to allow, passage. (6) C. P. O.-S. Liner Scotian arrives at St. John, New Brunswick, with returned troops. Gun on newly laid railway preparing to fire. w" Track pile driving outfit View of ramp from tow path to bet- lorn of J ram COLONEL RAMSEY'S EXPERIENCES Colonel 0. W.' P. I CMG who commanded me urat; Railway. 'Construction Corps rroni tanada lo France, and Tvho previous i lo golns overseas was engineer ol 1 risponsitlo for- slovela, Ihe 65- loo? Q, .iw-u. n desire.lo do all "Our first vork via it 3 could. Our wberc we BtarLcd In con- crete structures with 4 vast amount of miscellaneous .work. From we procccflcd lo the bulldins of _ _i_-.i. fircl {fleam snoveiB, each, capable of'i-stlnz up earth at the rale of 160 to 200 cubic yards hour and self-nropclllng extension track pile drivers, built al Angus for the Canadian Government which formed part ol Ihc enulprnwl the famous Railway Con- miles of hich (io rsl nuhl'Ulk, Mid: "Our -work pverarM was regarded of rmiBlrlcraMc value lo the corn and that work-was lo slrons support we -received first from the Can I'adlan from Ihe be -of our orsanlzatlon lo time when wf went" overseas our aided In lu mtlrrly by Ihe 1 anadian 'PKlllB Hallway, and Ihey ot only aided In recruiting, but esislcd ID every In Ihe o.san- zallon and equipment of the worK uritier than' a very large ol the corps rom Ihc uuiki'.of ihe C. J- Forlhe MO men we needed Ihtrc miles or railway work' done by tbe allied armies The only previous 'railway t.-iLS a wooden road, pul down woodt-n rails with the dca of keeping down Ihc noise Eotslo avoid warning tho CESmy o what wo were dolns. i "Our rlrsl work put In conslruci ij'rallways behind Ihc British front railway for war piirpoacVlhcy had the Brltlsn war people pu In A great .railway- organization which operiled wim much success Ihc .Brlllsh ijhad Uiat the railway., corps crew to and eventually lo.over 1QWOO, "In February, 1316, shipments ol cart began.toiVrrlfe from Can- 'Hi-cillhc British hiiperlenetd men, applied, and had lo do jmit " work iclecllng Ihe bcii.ini could get for the work "We wcul over lu June, and on reacWITB Ihedhcr side Ihere was lltllc delay. We bad Iwo months In Camp at I-ongmoor for (er which were tral over h was found then thai: Ih gwaltrt Titcrt r.illway thu front llon ol thesB cars rom Ihe equipment of the Cana- dian iUifway' Corps and Installed I Andruiqri. _... "At a monster munlikm dnmp had been collat- ed hytj the Ocrmins ion r.inwj was. In Bclglirn, w wort were all othc e by their sir- serrlrc, and means of InlormMlon. Had learnei BLoiit Then when we bad 2Q.M cms of munitions anit high esplo ilt-cv rfollccled Ihcre, the Oerman boMhto It. The icsur wcrr, not pleasant, biif there wM he brought up under cover of night tor tae advanced troops In tc prepare for aurpnse Bill Ibis was so well (lone thit (tit November proytd iccess, 156 belne brought up n ona nljht, and browshl.up so well hat Ihe enemy new >rrtw Iher itre unlll the attack 'However, the 0. V. H. Corps il4 two OT three tTnjts during their Berries ofersjM bal mot" than Justified their nce. They laid the flrrt stataarJ railway rack ol lines.. time their EtrtBgiB m'-mn, Following tmat they iTfasctl lltclr Mrcngln, iw OUT .war they laid' 460 ml rnllee track, laid WCK finished their work by lay- ing ine IratVs In ths ind Menu region, whkh rery much lo (io'irilh the