John Marlor's Canadian Pacific

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John Marlor’s Canadian Pacific

The Mountain Division: Kamloops to Field

British Columbia, Canada

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John Marlor's Canadian Pacific Mountain Division.

This layout modelled the Canadian Pacific Railway's Revelstoke Division in the

mountains of British Columbia, Canada.

It is interesting to compare and contrast John Marlor's Canadian Pacific with

John Allen's Gorre & Daphetid.

Both are mountain railroads but whereas John Allen's Gorre & Daphetid clung to

the slopes of the mountain valleys, John Marlor's road crossed the mountains

and featured two mountain passes the Rogers Pass through the Selkirk Mountains

and the Eagle Pass through the Monashee Mountains.

Both had step grades, the Gorre & Daphetid from the valley floors to the slopes,

The Mountain Division up valleys to the passes.

Both were set in the early part of the last century, the era of steam. But John

Allen's Gorre & Daphetid was a struggling road with old equipment. John Marlor's

Canadian Pacific had the latest in motive power even building special

locomotives, such as the Selkirk,  for the arduous work of hauling trains over the

mountain passes.

John Allen's Gorre and Daphetid depended on industries in the local that shipped

to one another and even moved passengers with a Drover's caboose coupled

behind a local freight. John Marlor's Mountain Division focused on moving

through traffic, manufactured good from eastern Canada and grain from the

eastern prairies to markets on the Pacific rim, and goods from Pacific rim

countries to the interior of Canada. Transcontinental passenger trains carried

passengers from the western port of Vancouver on the Pacific Ocean as far as

east as Halifax on the Atlantic coast of North America.

 

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With the aid of a "helper", #1178 climbs the Illecillewaet Valley eastbound

to Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Canada

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