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Photograph of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers carrying Trudeau's casket along the tracks towards a train


Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers carry the casket of former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau to the funeral train at Ottawa's VIA station, 2000

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Funeral Trains

Trains have often been used to transport prime ministers' bodies after their death. Mourners line the railway tracks to pay their respects as the train passes through their town or city. Most recently, a train was used to carry former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's body from Ottawa to Montréal.

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Excerpt from the 1981 documentary film Dief, showing Diefenbaker's funeral train (running time: 2 min, 4 s; in English)
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