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Canadian Pacific unit grain train gets help on the 2.2% grade in Rogers Pass BC. Power for Unit Grain & Coal trains before the 9 mile Mt. McDonald Tunnel was completed in 1988 consisted of 4 units on the head end , 2 units running remote mid train & 6 units cut in 20 cars ahead of the tail end. The 2.2% grade was 15 miles in length & the trains average speed was about 17 MPH.These trains weighed 12000 tons & required 36000 horse power to negotiate the grade. The new Mt. McDonald line is a continuous 1% & when it was opened in 1988 the pushers were eliminated.
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