Unloading the Arrowhead Barge
Arrowhead linked the Canadian Pacific Railway’s mainline with
two destinations to the south, Nakusp on the eastern shore half way
down Upper Arrow Lake and Robson at the southern end of Lower
Arrow Lake. In the early days, both were terminuses of short line
The Columbia and Kootenay Railway from the Columbia River at
Robson to Nelson opened on May 31, 1891 and was an immediate boost
to the settlement and commercial development of the district. The 28
mile (45 km) railway line bypassed an impassable section of the
Kootenay River. It was the Canadian Pacific Railway’s first branch line
in the Kootenays. In time, Canadian Pacific Railway incorporated the
short standard gauge route into a more extensive rail system spanning
southern British Columbia, which included the famous Kettle Valley
The Nakusp and Slocan Railway was chartered in 1893. Construction
began from Nakusp and was completed in 1895. The line allowed the
Canadian Pacific to extend its influence further into the mining
districts of the Kootenays and, in particular, to the rich mines of the
On John’s layout the dock at Arrowhead, as was the case for other rail
terminuses, was a busy place. In addition to the Arrowhead Express,
which connected passengers with arriving and departing
sternwheelers, the yard was kept busy unloading and loading barges.
The short lead track constrained movement allowing only two cars to
be moved to or from the barge dock at a time.
Time required to complete: Approximately 1 hour.
From file JM-08RR.rrw:
Select Arrowhead yard switcher CP 6239.
Remove cars from barge two at a time taking care to keep
the locomotive off the barge by using the “reacher” car.
Select locomotive CP 4113 at Revelstoke and add to the consist
on the first yard track (fourth track from station).
Using the Arrowhead yard switcher CP 6239 and, were needed,
locomotive CP 4113 make up a consist of the unloaded cars to return
to Revelstoke with locomotive CP 4113 and caboose CP 436790.
(I’ll let you figure out how you want to do this).
Proceed with CP 4113 to Revelstoke and park consist on the
first yard track (fourth track from station).
Move locomotive CP 4113 to the servicing yard.
Save file as JM-09RR.rrw.