Albert Canyon Coal Turn
Approximately half way down the Illecillewaet River Valley from
Rogers Pass to Revelstoke was situated the town of Albert Canyon.
Little is left of the town as it once was. The remains of Albert Canyon
are a “ghost” town situated a short distance south of the present day
hot springs pool site.
The village of Albert Canyon, the gorge and the hot springs were all
named for Albert Rogers, nephew of Major Rogers, who undertook
many exploration trips in the area, including the discovery of Rogers
Pass. Throughout the years of steam, Albert Canyon was a “pusher”
station, with a small roundhouse built in 1916. It is believed that
railway workers discovered the hot springs and dug and lined a pit
with timber, which was used as a “hot tub” by visitors and residents
for many years.
The canyon, or gorge, was situated 2 miles (5 km) east of the town
where tilted rock strata caused the river to pours through a narrow
gap with tremendous impetus. The rock walls of the gorge ascend
nearly vertical from the water’s edge 147 feet (47 m) to the Canadian
Pacific track bed. In the early days, a platform was erected above the
chasm, and passenger trains stopped several minutes to allow the
passengers to enjoy the wild beauty of the place.
On John’s layout, the gorge was not modeled. Rather operations
focused on the Waverly Mine, which as a coalmine supplied coal to the
service facilities at Revelstoke, Arrowhead and via main line shipment
east and west to other parts of the continent.
Switching at Albert Canyon was challenged by the fact the mine
resided on one side of the station track while the yard and sidings
were on the other.
Time required to complete: Approximately 1 hour.
From file JM-05RR.rrw:
(ore cars CP 350803, CP 354742, CP 354711, CP 354600, CP 354594,
CP 331602 and cab CP 435128).
Park locomotive CP 962 clear of locomotive CP 4112.
Select locomotive CP 4112, add to the above consist and
Exchange empy ore cars (CP 350803, CP 354742, CP 354711,
CP 354600, CP 354594, and CP 331602) for loaded cars at the mine
(CP 430, CP 431, CP 569, GT 75169, GT 75169 and CP 354594).
Return to Revelstoke with loaded ore cars.
Place cab CP 435128 back on the cab track and move locomotive
CP 4112 to the yard near the roundhouse for servicing.
Save file as JM-06RR.rrw.