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1951 Royal Tour Train


CNR Royal train


5920 assisting Passenger Extra 2863 West at Glacier, BC. Canadian Pacific Railway

Train has just climbed from Beavermouth and, in the five mile long Connaught Tunnel, crossed the summit at 3,787 feet.
Named for the Duke of Connaught, Canada's Governor General from 1911 to 1916, the year the tunnel was opened.

2863 at Weston Shops

Opening remarks refers to the photo in the colour postcard above.

Canadian Pacific in the Rockies Volume Four. BRMNA.

Montreal West November 2, 1951 Canadian Pacific Railway/Steve Morris Collection

Second 453 engines 2455 and 2457 lead a deadhead equipment train to Ste. Agathe, Que. for a return trip as part of the 1951 Royal Tour of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip in place of her ailing father King George VI. They arrived by plane on October 8,1951 in Montreal for 33 days and 10,000 miles criss crossing Canada. The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh and her husband Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh returned to England from Portugal Cove, Conception Bay, Newfoundland on the Empress of Scotland. Months later upon the death of King George VI on February 6, 1952 Elizabeth became Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II which she remains to this day.

First day cover.

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