The Joseph "Joe" Cernak collection contains photograph negatives from a variety of both national and international railroads.
These negatives depict steam, diesel, electric, and gas-electric locomotives in addition to various rolling stock and scenes
pertaining to railroads. These negatives were collected by Joseph Cernak from various institutions and other collectors.
Joseph "Joe" Cernak was a locomotive engineer, fireman, and longtime railfan. He was born on July 5th, 1928, in Rockyford,
Alberta, Canada to John and Mary Cernak. He was the second of four sons, with older brother Andrew and younger brother Steve.
He began working for Canada National Railway in 1947, serving as a locomotive engineer until his retirement in 1993. In 1975,
he married Beverley Cernak neé Taylor, with whom he had no children. Cernak was a member of the Rocky Mountain Rail Society,
where he served as president in 1962. During his membership, he helped to fundraise the restoration and maintenance of the
Canada National steam locomotive number 6060. He was also a member of the Canada National Railway Retirees Association and
numerous other organizations. On August 4th, 2016, Cernak passed away.
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