By Train Through the Canadian Rockies, 1951

The previous booklet of the same title must have been successful, because by 1951 Canadian Pacific had improved it by printing all photos in full color. The photos are also accompanied by the same cyan-and-magenta topographic maps of each segment of the railway’s route through the mountains from Calgary to Kamloops that were in the earlier edition.

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In addition to the steam locomotive on the front cover, the booklet includes six more photos of Canadian Pacific passenger trains dwarfed by the spectacular mountains and river canyons of the railway’s route. The booklet also describes CP hotels and briefly mentions its steamships to Alaska and air service to Hawaii and the South Pacific.


By Train Through the Canadian Rockies, 1951 — 1 Comment

  1. Nice picture of a 2-10-4 “Selkirk” class locomotive on the cover, although it looks like it was posed on some yard tracks somewhere. The 5935 was only two years old in 1951. It was one of the largest steam locomotives used regularly in passenger service in North America, although the Selkirks were equally at home moving freights across the Rockies. These were that steam locomotives purchased by the CPR. Even though they represented the epitome of steam technology, diesels already made them obsolete the day they were delivered.

    I see the airliner in the back cover is once again a Canadair DC-4M North Star. This was also first delivered to CP Airlines in 1949 and represented near a peak in piston engine airliner design. It too was obsolete the day it was delivered since the Vickers Viscount turboprop airliner made its first flight in 1948. The Bristol Britannia and Lockheed Electra weren’t far behind, themselves made obsolete in less than 10 years by the DC-8 and 707. Things changed fast in the ’50’s.


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