C P R`s Rogers Pass projects.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by interurban, Jul 20, 2004.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    This just in from our friend Diesel John :thumb:
    There should be a whack of pictures to go with this, But they where 164kb and 64kb is the max.? How could one down size that??

    CPR’s Rogers Pass projects Great Moments of CPR Ingenuity! by CPR corporate historian Jonathan Hanna It seems like just yesterday CPR started on the biggest project since the original construction of the transcontinental railway - the $500-million Rogers Pass project. Actually construction kicked off 20 years ago in 1984. And 19 years ago today, July 16, 1985, CPR started digging the shorter of the two major tunnels in the project - the 1.9-km (1.2-mile) Mount Shaughnessy Tunnel. Above left: Major A.B. Rogers, the man motivated more by fame than fortune, who discovered the costliest pass on the railway. 1880s. Ref. Canadian Pacific Railway Archives. NS.3997 Above right: CPR construction workers digging out what would become known as the Connaught Tunnel. circa 1914. Ref. Canadian Pacific Railway Archives. NS.3672 Once CPR got the right to change its charter and not go through the Yellowhead Pass, it needed a short-cut on its more southern route through the inner mountain range known as the Selkirks. Otherwise it had to go miles out of the way skirting the big horseshoe bend along the Columbia River. A scrawny but crusty American surveyor and militia major - Major A. B. Rogers - found that route in two stages in 1881 and 1882. The Illecillewaet River and the Beaver River led him from the west and from the east to his newly discovered pass. CPR named the pass after him - Rogers Pass. Rogers got a $5,000 bonus for his discovery. And later got a gold watch…as an enticement to cash the bonus cheque instead of showing it off (see Great Moment of CPR Ingenuity! - April 25, 2003). So far so good? Well, not so much. Above: One of the 31 snowsheds in CPR's Rogers Pass. circa 1886. Ref. Canadian Pacific Railway Archives. NS.18445 CPR spent over one million in 1880s dollars (times 100 or more in today's dollars) building 31 snowsheds, some loops and trestles in the pass. And, in 30 years of operation, some 200 people lost their lives there…mostly CPR employees digging out of or succumbing to avalanches. So, CPR invested another $60 million in pre-WWI money (times 50 or so in today's dollars) digging an 8-km (5-mile) tunnel under the pass. CPR was double-tracking much of the main line anyway so this double-track tunnel was just what the doctor ordered to ease congestion and stop the loss of lives. On December 9, 1916, His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught, a.k.a. Canada's Governor General and the third son of the late Queen Victoria, officially inaugurated the tunnel - the Rogers Pass Tunnel. It was only after the ceremony that some ingenious CPR official thought about the tunnel's name and suggested it be named after its official inaugurator. And so, with His Royal Highness' permission, it was henceforth called the Connaught Tunnel. Above: Construction camp at the portal of CPR's 8-km (9-mile) double-track Rogers Pass tunnel, later known as the Connaught Tunnel. circa 1914. Ref. Canadian Pacific Railway Archives. NS.3679 The tunnel worked like a charm until November 11, 1958. With higher and wider loads, CPR converted the tunnel to single track operation. Soon after CPR had a congestion problem again. With traffic on the increase, CPR filed with the Canadian Transport Commission a major half-billion-dollar grade improvement project in Rogers Pass in 1982. And with that began the third and most expensive of the Rogers Pass projects. The final result at the end of the 1980s - a much gentler one per cent grade, no pusher locomotives, a 1,229-metre (4,032-ft.) long viaduct, a shorter 1.9-km (1.2-mile) tunnel, and a longer 14.7-km (9-mile): the longest tunnel in the western hemisphere…which was inducted into the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame, Oct. 15, 2003. Below: CPR construction workers digging out what would become known as the Connaught Tunnel. circa 1914. Ref. Canadian Pacific Railway Archives. NS.3672

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  2. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    I just use the "Resize" function in Photosuite. :) But any picture editor should have one. Just experiment with the resize function to get it right :)
  3. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Thanks mikey,, I just did a 50% downsize :(

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