Riding The Dominion August 15, 1951
All photographs by the author.
In August of 1951 I was on vacation and came back from Vancouver to
Moose Jaw riding No. 4 The Dominion on my father's pass taking
these photographs. I had this trip well documented. I can even
remember the camera I used, it was an ARGUS C 3, my very first brand
new camera. I was prouder n' a peacock !!!
The Argus C3 was a low-priced rangefinder camera mass-produced from 1939 to 1966 by Argus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The camera was the best-selling 35mm camera in the world for nearly three decades, and helped popularize the 35mm format. Wikipedia
No. 4 eastbound passing Glacier station and minutes away from the
west portal of Connaught tunnel.
Crossing Stoney Creek bridge.
Note: The assist (helper) engine being a coal-fired stoker engine (P2 class 2-8-2) was cut in behind the road engine an oil-fired T1 class 2-10-4 Selkirk. This was standard practice to avoid discomfort to senior passenger engine crew in tunnels.
Out of the Upper Spiral and looking back down the valley. That is the lower grade crossing with No.1 highway (long before it was called the Trans Canada). I believe that building just around curve, is the old Monarch Mine site. Across the valley would be the site of the Kicking Horse Mine.
Lake Wapta is the first level stretch since leaving Field. Across the lake there is Hector BC. (no longer exists) Obviously it was a water stop (probably for the helper engines). Hector was also a flag stop. Passengers detraining there would hop on a motor launch for the trip across the lake to Lake Wapta Lodge. This would also be the jumping off place for a trip south to Lake O'Hara Lodge one of the most beautifully sublime spots in all the Canadian Rockies. That is Mount Richardson and the Slate Range in the far distance.
Three weeks earlier on the way west to Vancouver to visit my mother's sister (Aunt Em) in Burnaby.
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