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The most complicated and highest trestles on all of the Canadian Pacific Railway

in 1887 were in the Beaver River Valley east of Rogers Pass.

For the most part they crossed streams, which much of the time have little

water flowing down them or, indeed, may be perfectly dry. But during spring

thaw they become raging torrents sometimes carrying slides of snow and mud.

In the early years one trestle had to be replaced six times.

Heading west towards Rogers Pass the first of several trestles was Mountain

Creek Trestle.

Although the approach on either side was easy, a gap of over 1,000 had to be

crossed. The central Howe truss over the creek was 150 feet long. On either side

were smaller 300-foot trusses. In all it was 1,086 feet long and 164 feet high and

required over 2 million board feet of timber making it one of the largest timber

structure in the world at the time.


Posted February 4, 2014


Mountain Cree Trestle


Mountain Creek Trestle as seen from across the Beaver River Valley.


Mountain Creek Trestle looking up the Beaver River Valley towards Rogers Pass.


A 150-foot central Howe truss spanned the creek.


300-foot trusses lead to and away from the central span.


The west end of the Mountain Creek Trestle was curved.