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"Scenic Fraser Canyon"

Postcard depicts Fraser River Canyon, BC"When travelling through this mighty scenic gorge, the highway often gets too narrow at points, and rock ledgeds required cutting tunnels in order to restore safety. This tunnel lies just north of Yale, BCIt handles traffic along the Trans-Canada Highway."

"Steam's Up! North Bend (c. 1890)"

Postcard depicts a "massive 4-4-0 wood burning locomotive ready to enter the turn table from the round house. These CPR locomotives were in common use from 1886 until 1915, running from the Kootenays through the Fraser Canyon."

Fraser Canyon, BC - the Saddle Rock view

Postcard depicts Fraser Canyon, BC"The Saddle Rock view shows some of the rugged grandeur on the Canyon route between Hope and Lytton. It's muddy waters, at this time, gathered fourteen large and many small tributaries as it flows to the great Pacific."

Twin Bridges

Postcard depicts "Twin Bridges in the Fraser Canyon." The CPR and CNR changes sides at this point just a few miles south of Lytton below the Siska Market. One can see this spectacular view where trains change from oe side to another. During construction one briodge was for easier grading. In later year when the second railway was constructed, it [had] become a must to reverse the side of [the] river at this point."

Near Spences Bridge

Postcard depicts a reproduction of a photograph from 1880s/1890s. "The Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.) was officially completed to the Pacific Coast in 1885 but upgrading was continually being carried out as seen here near Spence's bridge in 1905."

Spences Bridge

Postcard depicts a "few miles up river from Spences Bridge this spectacular sight of the deep-blue Thomspon, among the sagegreen hills. Scores of ardent fishermen have found this river excellent for catching Steelhead throughout the fish run." Eastbound way freight of the CPR, upgrade. Way freights going from Kamloops to Ashcroft, etc. Still carried cabooses in 1996. Main line freights lost their cabooses in Jan./Feb. 1990. Photo likely taken in the late 1980s.

Near Spences Bridge

Postcard depicts Spences Bridge "overlooking the scenic beauty of the Thompson River as it flows past the entrance to the Nicola River and Valley, downstream from Kamloops-the Heart of Funland."

Along Thomspon River

Postcard depicts an area along the Thompson River, towards the Fraser Canyon. Looking left, downstream. Westbound CPR freight is visible. Short train by any standards in the 1980s and 1990s.

Fraser Canyon, BC

Postcard depicts Fraser Canyon. "One can catch thrilling sights through the Canyon such as this. Just a few miles south of Lyton, this view offers one some of the Fraser's best scenery."

Thompson Canyon

Postcard depicts a "Spectacular sight to be seen while travelling through this Canyon. Many trains rumble past with heavy loads making a grand sight when they twist and turn around corners along the clear blue water of the Thompson River."


Postcard depicts "VIA Rail's eastbound and westbound "Canadians" meet at Glenogle, BCon C.P. Rail's Mountain Subdivision in the Kicking Horse River Valley. May 23, 1985."

"The Canadian"

Postcard depicts "VIA Rail Canada Nos. 6456 and 6454 hauling Train No. 1, "The Canadian" between Spences Bridge and Drynoch, British Columbia, on Canadian Pacific's Thompson Subdivision, having been delayed by the need to detour, from its usual route, on Canadian National's Ashcroft Subdivision, seen here across the Thompson River. May 14, 1993."

Woodburning locomotive at Shuswap Station

Postcard depicts a "4-4-0 woodburning locomotive at Shuswap Station, east of Kamloops, at the turn of the century. The completion of the CPR across the Continent, guaranteed B.C.'s entry into Cinfederation, as well as reg economic and cultural connection to the East."

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