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Date: 02/15/20 11:27
Via 2 "Canadian" near Cathedral BC, mid 1980's
Author: eminence_grise

As time has passed, access to CP's "Big Hill" has been greatly restricted. However in the 1980's, those willing to hike a little could access most parts of the hill.

Before the Trans-Canada highway was completed in 1961, the Banff-Golden highway used the original CP 4% grade. This image of the eastbound "Canadian" was taken from the old grade looking west toward Field. The original grade is shown joining the present grade toward the rear of the train. Evidence of the forty foot swath created beneath the pole line is still present in the 1980's, however with the lines gone, the trees are gradually reclaiming the scene.




Date: 02/15/20 11:36
Re: Via 2 "Canadian" near Cathedral BC, mid 1980's
Author: perklocal

 Glad you made the effort.  Wonderful Shot !



Date: 02/15/20 14:33
Re: Via 2 "Canadian" near Cathedral BC, mid 1980's
Author: jp1822

A single F40 (pretty new looking too!) handling a pretty long train through the Rockies!!!



Date: 02/15/20 14:34
Re: Via 2 "Canadian" near Cathedral BC, mid 1980's
Author: tsokolan

Great shot Phil! The trees have moved in a little over the years. CP 8764 East January 28 2020

-Trevor




Date: 02/15/20 14:53
Re: Via 2 "Canadian" near Cathedral BC, mid 1980's
Author: IC_2024

jp1822 Wrote:
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> A single F40 (pretty new looking too!) handling a
> pretty long train through the Rockies!!!

There’s an old covered wagon B-unit helping out, too, if you take a second look! I was fortunate to ride from Field to Banff with engr Glen Miller in Feb ‘88 on train #2–one of my all-time memorable RR cab rides!



Date: 02/15/20 14:58
Re: Via 2 "Canadian" near Cathedral BC, mid 1980's
Author: IC_2024

tsokolan Wrote:
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> Great shot Phil! The trees have moved in a little
> over the years. CP 8764 East January 28 2020
>
> -Trevor

Trevor, your shot is amazing — and thanks for sharing w/ us! Since you took this in January, you’ll have info on this question: are all the cars from the runaway wreck still littered down the side of the spiral tunnels?!?
Also, Phil, your scene brought back a lot of memories— great photo!
Thanks to both of you gents for some good Canada vibes to help make up for the meltdown crisis now in progress!



Date: 02/15/20 15:36
Re: Via 2 "Canadian" near Cathedral BC, mid 1980's
Author: tsokolan

IC_2024 Wrote:

> Trevor, your shot is amazing — and thanks for
> sharing w/ us! Since you took this in January,
> you’ll have info on this question: are all the
> cars from the runaway wreck still littered down
> the side of the spiral tunnels?!?
> Also, Phil, your scene brought back a lot of
> memories— great photo!
> Thanks to both of you gents for some good Canada
> vibes to help make up for the meltdown crisis now
> in progress!

Thank you! I'm not sure about the wrecked cars since I didn't venture in that way, but being that its a National Park I'll bet the wreckage was removed shortly after the accident. 

-Trevor



Date: 02/16/20 09:03
Re: Via 2 "Canadian" near Cathedral BC, mid 1980's
Author: gcm

Great shot of the Canadian !
Gary



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