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By Tom Murray

 

Few tales within the annals of railroading are as compelling because the building, evolution, and unbelievable successes of the Canadian Pacific and Canadian nationwide railways. This sprawling quantity combines of Voyageur Press' so much winning Railroad colour background titles into one quantity taking within the grand scope of either railroads. writer Tom Murray provides carefully researched and concisely provided histories of every railroad, besides greater than three hundred images, together with infrequent archival black-and-white photographs and sleek and interval colour images sourced from nationwide files and personal collections.

 

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The former would give CPR access to Duluth, the latter to St. Paul and Minneapolis. CPR lacked the capital to buy these railroads, but George Stephen and Donald Smith stepped into the breach and, using their own funds, gained control of both companies in 1888. 44 The following year, through train service was established between Boston and St. Paul by way of Montreal and the Sault. That same year, CPR helped both companies avoid bankruptcy. In return for CPR's guarantee of their bonds they entered into "secure and permanent" traffic arrangements with CPR.

Author collection Hill made no secret of his intention to reach the Kootenay region via branch lines from his Great Northern Railway. In 1892, Van Home, seeking to establish a CPR presence in the Kootenay before Hill, opened a 28-mile (45-kilometer) line between Nelson and Robson, connecting Kootenay Lake with the Columbia River. Soon, CPR had steamer service operating on the Columbia River between Revelstoke and Robson. The next year, the first American railway arrived in southern British Columbia, reaching the outskirts of Nelson from Spokane, Washington.

Rogers Pass, at 4,340 feet (1,322 meters), was almost 1,000 feet (305 meters) lower than Kicking Horse, but presented its own challenges. Several high bridges were required to cross deep gorges in the Beaver River Valley, and more trestles were required west of the summit. On the western slope, heavy snowfall and the threat of avalanches dictated long snowsheds. The severity of this crossing was mitigated by construction of the 5-mile (8-kilometer) Connaught Tunnel, opened in 1916, but in the interim it presented serious operational and maintenance challenges for CPR and its employees.

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