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Thomas James Tait

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Sir Thomas James Tait (1864-1940) was a Canadian-born rail executive.

1864 July 24th. Born in Melbourne, Quebec, the son of Melbourne McTaggart Tait, Tait entered the service of the Grand Trunk Railway in 1880, and by 1903 he was manager of transportation with Canadian Pacific Railway.

1903-10. In March 1903 Tait was appointed Chairman of Commissioners of the Victorian Railways, Australia with a salary of £3000 per annum. During seven years in Victoria he turned an annual deficit into a profit, improved and increased the railways' rolling stock, and initiated electrification of the railways of Melbourne.

He was knighted in 1911, before returning to Canada.

1940 July 25th. He died at his summer home at St. Andrews, New Brunswick.

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