Canadian Pacific Railway
Predecessor transcontinental name trains.
Earliest name trains were the westbound Pacific Express
and eastbound Atlantic Express.
train stopped at Glacier House at a time (after 1906) after much
No. 4 eng. 575 Toronto Express eastbound and
putting on a show for the photographer well known by local engineers.
Open observation car on Trans-Canada Limited near Field. Digital restoration: Gordon Kennedy
The Dominion eastbound to Montreal at Massive, Alberta. C.1949-1950
NOTE: The mountain in the background is in Banff National Park
and was at the time (1946-1979) named
2837 No.5 westbound at Carberry, Manitoba. April 28, 1952 Doug Phillips
Only a few of these cars were through from the east,
as most of the cars will have originated at Winnipeg which was a very
big distribution center for the west in those days. For example the
Eatons catalogs were printed in the Peg in a huge
warehouse and most items as mail orders were delivered by CP Express
on CP lines. Overseas bulk mail delivered by CPR steamships in Quebec,
Montreal and/or Saint John NB was transferred across country to Vancouver,
BC in No 5 for forwarding to Pacific destinations. One steamship line
made a direct connection Vancouver to Australia which ended around 1952/53
were starting to make their in roads.
G3d 2339 in scenic northern Ontario. Circa 1930's. Digital restoration Gordon Kennedy
Number 2 Engine 2429 eastbound with The Dominion near Kenora,
Ont. Sunday, August 15, 1948
The Dominion No. 4 engine 2839 just west of Rossport,
Ontario destined Toronto. August 15, 1951.
Note: The Dominion operated as Number 8 Vancouver-Montreal. A second train Number 4 Vancouver-Toronto.
This locomotive was once part of the Government of Ontario
collection for the still-born Transportation Museum in Toronto.
Brand new H-1-c 2842 (MLW #68955 9/1937) Not yet a Royal
Note: 2838-2842 were built with boosters for
use on the grades of the rugged Algoma District and were
H1c 2848 (MLW 68979 12/1937) at 18th Street Tower, Brandon,
Manitoba. 6/4/1939 Most likely this is The Dominion.
2848 running as Second 3 The Dominion with a
clear stack! Brandon 9/11/1947
Montreal - Sudbury
2858 ? No. 8 eastbound east of Montreal West. CPR/Steve
Note: Engine does not have Royal Crown suggesting
pre-1939 Royal Tour photo date.
No. 8 eng 2859 at Mile 4.3 Montreal West eastbound to Windsor Station. CPR/Kevin Day Collection.
Note: Engine does not have Royal Crown suggesting pre-1939 Royal Tour photo date.
Number 7 engine 2859 The Dominion westbound from Montreal to Vancouver.
North Bay August 1953 John McIntosh/Jonathan Archibald Collection Two photos.
Cape solarium observation sleeper brings up the rear of The Dominion.
2859 taking water at unknown location c.1940's Bud Laws Collection
Selkirks in the Mountains
While the caption refers to a "triple-header"
in fact two of these engine are assisting the road engine. 1948
5922 on Number 2 The Dominion sitting at Field,
BC September 17, 1951 Ronald S. Ritchie.
No. 7 eng. 5926 The Dominion in a busy scene
at Banff in 1947.
5927 The Dominion passing by Sawback Range of
the Rocky Mountains.
5927 with Second section of The Dominion at Banff, Alberta July 31, 1939 E.Towler/Bud Laws Collection
T1b 5928 with a coal-fired P2 class 2-8-2 assisting. Painting by the famous railroad artist Howard Fogg.
Second 4 engine 5929 with coal-fired assist engine 5813
cut in behind. On 2.2% grade in Kicking Horse Pass.
This was one of many Canadian Pacific Railway Public
Relations Department photographs taken by company photographer Nicholas
Morant and was first published in 1978 in Volume One of Canadian Pacific
in the Rockies by D. M. Bain.
5800 Class S2 2-10-2 assisting on heavy grades in the mountains.
Great action shot of 5802 assisting 5439 on Second 8
at Yoho, BC 9/1951
5802 assisting 5932 around photogenic curve Yoho 9/1951 Lawrence Stuckey/Bruce Chapman Collection
5803 assisting 5924 eastbound at Field, 7/15/1939 Note
the tour bus in left background.
5804 assisting 3669 (unusual choice for road engine
on passenger) First 4, Revelstoke 9/20/1939
5805 assisting 5921 on Second 4 leaving Revelstoke 9/20/1939.
5810 assisting a 5900 around the curve Yoho, BC June
5811 assisting 5933 eastbound at Field, BC April 1949 Bud Laws Collection
5811 assisting (Field to Lake Louise) 592x on eastbound
passenger approaching Lake Louise (M.116.6) passing signal 1171 at Mileage
117 Laggan Subdivision which looks to have been newly installed. G.C.Corey/Bruce
5812 assisting 5925 Field, BC 7/1939 Lawrence Stuckey/Bruce Chapman Collection
The 2444 was built January 1944, but Nos 13 and 14 did not operate 1943-1947, instead the Soo traffic was handled in the Soo- Dominion west of Moose Jaw in that era. In the early 1950s it would be train No. 14. Summer (April to September) No. 14 was The Mountaineer and Fall, Winter Spring No 14 was the SOO-Dominion. (ref. ETT 1951 to 1953). I see no leaves on the trees on the right. Cars two and three behind the engine are SOO Line equipment, a mail and express and a baggage car. So the train could very well be No. 14 the Soo-Dominion. The express reefer is CPR and looks like a 5800 series. These cars were delivered in groups of 30 and 25 cars starting in 1950, this also should give you an idea on possible date as early 1950s. Moose Jaw it is. Caption: Doug Phillips
"From Sea to Sea 1886-1936"
Well known is photograph of 2803 on No.7 The Dominion leaving
Montreal on June 28, 1936.
The Dominion in diesel era.
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