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"CPR Installs Copper Wire Across Canada"
Announced 12 March 1898
The Canadian Pacific Railway Telegraph Company now proposes to stretch a copper telegraph wire directly from Montreal to Vancouver, British Columbia. It will then be possible to send telegrams directly from Montreal to Vancouver directly and at a much faster speed. The wire to be used will weigh 300 hundred pounds per mile and total about 450 tons. Work is expected to begin on the replacement of the iron galvanized wire on or about 1 April next year. It is currently estimated the mainline circuit, a total of 2,910 miles, will be completed by 1 June. Construction of the copper wire replacement will commence at the CPR Windsor Station in Montreal and related offices in the city. The estimated cost of replacing the old iron wire circuits with new copper wire is approximately $250,000. It is expected the circuit will be worked in duplex mode with repeaters installed at Fort William and Swift Current