Dale Wilson, author, railway historian and passenger rail advocate, died in Sudbury on Friday, May 5. He was 86 years old.
Dale was an active member of Transport Action for many years and in fact had just renewed his membership one month earlier. He was president of Transport Action Ontario (TAO) in the late 1990’s. Dale was a hard-working president – travelling down to Toronto for each and every board meeting. Dale was a strong leader with a wealth of rail knowledge, and much was accomplished under his leadership.
In 2000, Dale received a Distinguished Service Award from TAO and he was designated President Emeritus by TAO in 2005.
Dale wrote numerous excellent books and articles on Canadian railway history, many of which are in the C. Robert Craig Memorial Library.
Dale was also involved with the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre in Capreol since its beginning, and was a current member of its board. Transport Action Ontario and Transport Action Canada have both made contributions to this museum in memory of Dale.
TAO members have offered to assist the family with sorting and archiving Dale’s railway records, if needed.
Our condolences to Dale’s wife, Freda and Dale’s family.