THE RIDING RAILS
Trains and tracks have a long history in Canada
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.