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John Knieling was one of those railroaders who understood railroading in 1950 was going to die. Is he still here to enjoy CP 8505 leading a solid westbound train of double stacks in a 2x1 power configuration around Morants Curve?
Morning on the Bow. CP 8559 and a fellow veteran leads a train of prairie grain up the Bow River near Canmore, Alberta to Banff, Lake Louise, Kicking Horse Pass and the Spiral Tunnels. After 68 miles the crew will mark off at Field and let another crew take over for a run to Revelstoke.
CPR 8561 and CPR 9618 will once again conquer Kicking Horse Pass in a mile as it lifts over 10,000 tons of sulphur over the first pass on its route from Albertas oil fields to one of Vancouver, British Columbias wharves and export on to customers in the Pacific Basin.
CP 8561 leads a westbound sulfur train through Lake Louise, Alberta to Kicking Horse pass via the low grade bypass built 30 years ago. After grinding up to Divide the crew will take this train down through the spiral tunnels and a well deserved rest at Field, British Columbia.
People take signals like these on the CPR at Eldon, Alberta for granted until an obsolete model starts to disappear. In the meantime they do their job around the clock in blizzards, scorching summer days 24/7/365.
Freight railroads are becoming more isolated. When I first visited the CPR through the Rockies near Banff 30 years ago railfans had easy access to trackside following paths blazed by signal maintainers and track workers. Railroads all over North America, driven by liability concerns and the...
Pole lines are disappearing across North America. How much longer for these roadside signals near Ozada, Alberta? The Rockies were here many years before the CPR. The Rockies will still be here when the signals are long gone.
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