John Marlor’s Canadian Pacific
The Mountain Division: Kamloops to Field
British Columbia, Canada
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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
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.