Prince Edward Island Railway

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Prince Edward Island Railway

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • P.E.I.R.
  • P.E.I. Railway

Identifiers for corporate bodies

Description area

Dates of existence


Cap 4 of the 1871 Statutes of Prince Edward Island authorized the construction of a 3' 6" gauge railway connecting Alberton with Georgetown, touching at Summerside and Charlottetown with extension to Souris and Tignish. As part of the terms of confederation in 1873 , the railway became the property of the Dominion Government. Branch lines between Emerald Junction and Carleton Cove and between Charlottetown and Murray Harbour were opened in 1885 and 1905 respectively. A further branch from Harmony to Elmira was authorized in 1908. Between 1919 and 1926 the gauge was converted to standard gauge. Under Dominion Order in Council P.C. 115, the Prince Edward Island Railway was entrusted for management and operation to Canadian National Railways.


Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

RAD 24.1Aa


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

15 June 1999. Entered into AtoM 1 December 2014.




Publications of the Railway; Timetables, rules etc. (see Acc2756)

Maintenance notes