I have a booklet of postcards titled Laggan to Vancouver -- On Line of Can. Pac. Ry. It's a fine presentation, with each postcard separated from the next by a piece of tissue paper. The 25¢ price is stamped on the back. Judging from the women's clothing in one of the other postcards this booklet must have been produced around 1909-1916.
The following information is quoted from this wonderful site -- The KICKING HORSE RIVER "Great Canadian Rivers" -- that includes two short videos about the tunnels that are "must-sees" (really....worth the click!) :
Even those who are unfamiliar with the twists and turns of the Kicking Horse River have probably heard of Kicking Horse Pass, the world-famous road and rail route through the Canadian Rockies. A place of scenic splendour and grandeur, marking the Continental Divide between the slopes and watersheds of the East and West, the Kicking Horse Pass has an equally celebrated history. Its chance discovery by the esteemed geologist James Hector, and its subsequent role in the construction of the Spiral Tunnels, one of the world's greatest engineering marvels, have both contributed to its legendary reputation.
• The spiral tunnels cause the railway to double upon itself twice.
• From the east, the track enters Tunnel No. 1, 961 metres in length, turns under Cathedral Mountain at an angle of 250 degrees on a 172 metre radius, passes under itself and emerges at the exit 16.2 metres lower.
• The train then enters Tunnel No. 2, under Mount Ogden. It is 867 metres long, and has a similar radius through an angle of 232 degrees. It produces a difference in elevation of 13.5 metres.
• The railway crosses the valley by 3 lines, and the Kicking Horse River by 4 bridges.
• It took 2 years, 1,000 workers and $1.5 million to excavate 54,000 cubic metres of rock during tunnel construction of 1907-1909.
As an interesting little aside from today's postcard.....
I found this photo at tinypics.com and have no idea where it was taken. Pretty amazing the way the horse mirrors the logo on the train......
One more little aside for fun.....I can't seem to stay on track for this post! I keep losing my train of thought...............................
The video below is exciting for anyone who loves trains (and I do). The videographer who made it added this information:
See THREE parts of this long Canadian Pacific Railway train at once as it pushes upgrade through the Lower Spiral Tunnel in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada, just East of Field. Yep, I am aware of the editing error in the dates within the video. I've left it as is because so many had already seen the vid and I wanted to keep the count. I am not a professional, just a train lover! :) Terry Rowsell
graphic: also tinypic.com