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The Spiral Tunnels and the Big Hill | Canadian Pacific Railway | Kicking Horse Pass

Mountain Vision Publishing

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This compelling account chronicles the tales, the triumphs, and the tragedies of railway operations in Kicking Horse Pass from 1885 to the present day. Revised and expanded for the 2009
centennial of the completion of the Spiral Tunnels, and incorporating more than one hundred black and white photographs, some never before published, the new volume describes the survey and construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Canadian Rockies, and the subsequent operation of the Big Hill grade. This treacherous section of track, the second steepest, standard-gauge mainline ever operated in North America, posed a constant risk to workers, passengers, and equipment for 25 years until completion of the tunnels. Regarded as masterpieces of engineering, the two Spiral Tunnels reduced the overall grade on the hill by half. Despite this improvement, Canadian Pacific has continued to battle gravity and the elements for a century in its crossing of the Rockies.

Published 2009, 128 pages, $14.95, ISBN 978-0-969724-919
Second, revised printing, April 2011
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“This is a must-read for every serious CPR aficionado.”
Bob Kennell, Canadian Pacific Archives