Buck Crump

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Norris Roy ("Buck") Crump
Born(1904-07-30)July 30, 1904
DiedDecember 26, 1989(1989-12-26) (aged 85)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Known forPresident of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
AwardsOrder of Canada

Norris Roy ("Buck") Crump, CC (July 30, 1904 – December 26, 1989) was a Canadian businessman and Chairman and President of the Canadian Pacific Railway Limited. He was primarily responsible for converting the railroad to diesel locomotives,[1] and expanded the company into non-transportation sectors.

Early life and education[edit]

Crump was born in Revelstoke, British Columbia. His father was a railway superintendent.[2] Crump joined the CPR as an apprentice machinist in 1920, when he was sixteen years old.[3] In between working for the railway, he earned a bachelors and in 1936 a master's degree at Purdue University.[1]


After working as a track labourer and then in the machine shop, Crump was transferred to Winnipeg, where he continued to work while completing high school at night. After time off to complete a university degree, he took a position as a night foreman. He was transferred to Montreal as an assistant to the vice president, and in 1943 became Superintendent of the Ontario district.[4] In 1948 Crump was a vice president at CPR; to counter lower numbers of passengers, he advocated increasing advertising and spending more money to make train travel attractive.[5]

Crump was elected President in 1955;[6] the company was severely in debt at the time.[7] At the time the company was mainly using diesel locomotives only in the railyards; during the following twelve years, Crump oversaw the dieselisation of the railroad. He ordered the purchase of new equipment to commence operation of a new trans-continental train The Canadian which began operation in April 1955.[8]

To improve profit margins Crump initiated a reorganization and expansion of the company's non-rail business.[7][9]

An admirer of Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec City and New France, it was Crump who proposed naming the company's Montreal hotel Château Champlain after him.[10]

In 1971 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada[11] and in 1974 Crump retired.[12]


  1. ^ a b Tom Murray (7 March 2011). Rails Across Canada: The History of Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways. MBI Publishing Company. p. 91. ISBN 978-1-61060-139-9.
  2. ^ David Twiston-Davies (25 July 1996). Canada from Afar: The Daily Telegraph Book of Canadian Obituaries. Dundurn. p. 80. ISBN 978-1-55488-116-1.
  3. ^ Robert Chodos (1973). The CPR: A Century of Corporate Welfare. James Lorimer & Company. p. 135. ISBN 978-0-88862-047-7.
  4. ^ "Retirement?" Canadian Rail, No. 252, November, 1972. p. 356.
  5. ^ Nicholas Morant; John F. Garden (1991). Nicholas Morant's Canadian Pacific. Footprint Pub. p. 384. ISBN 978-0-9691621-3-1.
  6. ^ "Takes Throttle at Canadian Pacific," New York Times. May 5, 1955.
  7. ^ a b Max Foran (1 November 2013). Development Derailed: Calgary and the CPR, 1962–64. Athabasca University Press. pp. 6, 159. ISBN 978-1-927356-08-1.
  8. ^ Railroad History. Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. 2005. p. 27.
  9. ^ Virginia Byfield; Paul Bunner (2002). The sixties revolution & the fall of Social Credit. United Western Communications. p. 222. ISBN 978-0-9730760-0-4.
  10. ^ Ferguson, Susan (2017-01-12). "Château Champlain Hotel turns 50". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2017-01-12.
  11. ^ Office of the Governor General of Canada. Order of Canada citation. Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 26 May 2010
  12. ^ The Dock and Harbour Authority. Vol. 53. Foxlow Publications, Limited. 1972. p. 104.


Business positions
Preceded by President of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
1955 – 1964
Succeeded by
Preceded by President of Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
Succeeded by