John Marlor's Canadian Pacific

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Freighting Down the Arrow Lakes

The Minto

With the collapse of sternwheeler traffic in the Klondike at the end of

the 1800s, two boat, originally destined for the Klondike, were

redirected by the Canadian Pacific Railway to the lakes of southern

British Columbia where the vessels could be put to profitable use.

Construction of the prefabricated steel hull for the Moyie, which

would sail on Kootenay Lake, began in June of 1898 and that of the

Minto, which would sail on the Arrow Lakes, in July of the same year.

Completion of the Minto, together with the new Rossland and

Kootenay, gave a total of three modern sternwheelers on the Arrow

Lakes at the turn of the century. In addition, the Trail and the older

Lytton were still in use along with a self-propelled barge, the

Illecillewaet.

By 1930, however, the fleet had been reduced to only the Minto,

Bonnington (built in 1911) and Columbia (built in 1920). With the

Depression worsening the Bonnington was tied up at Nakusp after the

1931 summer season, never to see service again. Thereafter, the Minto

maintained a summer service between Arrowhead and Robson and in

winter the Columbia provided service on Lower Arrow Lake while the

Minto confined her service to Upper Arrow Lake.

In the declining years the Minto and the Moyie became somewhat of a

curiosity. In the late 1940s, steamship enthusiasts traveled from

distant parts of North America to ride the vessels, which had become

the only surviving commercial paddlesteamers in western Canada,

south of the Yukon River.

The Minto survived long enough to be photographed in colour, her last

voyage on the Arrow Lakes occurring in 1954. In 1956, the Minto was

purchased by John Nelson in an attempt to preserve her. John did his

best to repair the steamer, replacing some window frames and the flag

pole and making a new name plate for the wheelhouse. However, upon

his death in 1967, the Minto was towed to the middle of Upper Arrow

Lake and burned.

The Moyie survived and remains a National Historic site and

attraction, as the world’s oldest intact passenger sternwheeler, at

Kaslo on the western shore of Kootenay lake.

TrainPlayer Scenario

Time required to complete: Approximately 1 hour.

RIGHT CLICK here to download track plan JM-11RR.rrw

From file JM-11RR.rrw:

• Select Kamloops yard switcher CP 6942.

• Remove caboose CP 431784 from train CP 4131.

Add cars SOO 33498, SP 19022, CB&O 46650, CB&O 46655

and caboose CP 431784 to tail end of train CP 4131.

• Cut in locomotive CP 4112 behind boxcar CP 232590 for

braking on the descent into Revelstoke (Operations east of Taft,

i.e., addition of locomotives for the ascent to Eagle Pass were

not modeled on John’s layout.)

• Select Kamloops yard switcher CP 6942 and place cars CP 233502,

CP 233279, CP 389026, CP 303495, CP 350309, CP 350312,

CP 232940, CP 232617 and caboose CP 436782 on tail tracks.

• Proceed with CP 4131 to the passing siding at Taft.

• Select Arrowhead yard switcher CP 6239 and load the barge.

Save file as JM-12RR.rrw

DONE.

 

Loading the Barge at

Arrowhead