THE RID­ING RAILS

Trains and tracks have a long his­tory in Canada

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A RAIL­WAY and a RAIL­ROAD are the same thing, but rail­road is an Amer­i­can term. In Canada, we use the word rail­way.

From about 1900 into the 1930s, the CPR ran some­thing known as silk trains. Th­ese trains had spe­cial, air­tight cars to carry the del­i­cate, valu­able fab­ric from Van­cou­ver, where it came on ships from Asia to east­ern North Amer­ica.

The ear­li­est rail­ways in Canada used horses to pull carts along wooden or metal tracks. That’s how stone was moved to build the Ci­tadel in Que­bec City and On­tario’s Rideau Canal.

The first cross-Canada train took 5 days and 19 hours to travel from Que­bec to Bri­tish Columbia.

Prime Min­is­ter Sir John A. Macdon­ald and his wife Agnes were pas­sen­gers on the firstever trip of the Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way in 1886. Lady Macdon­ald de­cided she wanted a bet­ter view so she perched on the V-shaped cow­catcher as the train trav­elled...

Kick­ing Horse Pass through the Rocky Moun­tains got its name from an 1857 sur­vey ex­pe­di­tion. The team’s doc­tor, James Hec­tor — you guessed it — was kicked by his horse as they ex­plored this area east of Field, B.C.

It took 30,000 work­ers about 4 1/2 years to build the CPR.

Early ob­ser­va­tion cars on trains were ac­tu­ally open on top. Now they usu­ally have a glass roof.

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