Assembly of the Arrowhead Express
No sooner was the Canadian Pacific railway completed through British
Columbia than concern arose as to who would capture the lucrative
trade to the south were mining was developing. Both the Canadian
Pacific Railway and American railways were being attracted to the
region. American railways eventually built branch lines north of the
49th parallel to capture some of the trade.
The Canadian Pacific Railway took action by first purchasing existing
steamboats then building their own fleet on the three lake systems
which provide north to south routes between the Rocky and Selkirk
mountain ranges (Kootenay Lake system), between the Selkirk and
Monashee mountain ranges (Arrow Lakes system) and west of the
Monashee mountains (the Okanagan Lake system). Then in 1893 they
commenced construction of a branch line south from Revelstoke to the
head of Upper Arrow Lake, a distance of 25 miles (40 km). The line
was completed in 1896 with the town of Arrowhead on the northwest
shore of Upper Arrow Lake as the southern terminus.
On John’s layout, the Arrowhead Express ran south daily from
Revelstoke to meet sternwheelers arriving at Arrowhead. It consisted
of a baggage car and two coaches, stored at Revelstoke east of the
station and assembled by the yard engine prior to departure.
Time required to complete: Approximately 15 minutes.
From file JM-01RR.rrw:
Select the Revelstoke Yard Switcher CP 962.
Move Baggage Car PB 2742 from siding beside Revelstoke station
to station track.
Run around and pick up Coaches CP 1105 and CP 1142.
Run yard switcher back to the yard.
Save file as JM-02RR.rrw.