Shanly, Francis

Francis Shanly (Frank), engineer, railway builder (b at Stradbally, Ire 29 Oct 1820; d near Brockville, Ont 13 Sept 1882). Encouraged by H.H. KILLALY, he followed his brother Walter SHANLY into railway building. Both were employed on the Ogdensburg and Lk Champlain Railroad. Frank was responsible for building part of the GRAND TRUNK and Northern railways in Canada. With his brother in 1869 he undertook completion of the Hoosac Tunnel in Massachusetts, still the longest railway tunnel E of the Mississippi. They completed it in 1875. Shanly had just been appointed chief engineer of the INTERCOLONIAL RY when he died in a train between Kingston and Brockville.