Pointing to the Past

I took this shot of my friend at the Othello Tunnels near Hope, British Columbia. Here’s a bit of background history … The tunnels were built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1914, who also helped in the construction of the cross-Canada railway that was meant to link the Kootenays with the South Coast of BC. In 1914, they contained one of the most expensive railway miles in the world, at $300,000.

Back in the early 1900s, the Canadian Pacific Railway wanted a rail line linking the Kootenay region with the coast. This railway line was built over three mountain ranges in the Coquihalla Gorge, passing through five tunnels and over several bridges – known as the Othello Tunnels.

Trainless Tracks

 

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Early Morning in Fort Langley, BC – Train Crossing

I heard that train a comin’,                                                                                                                It was comin’ down the track,                                                                                                              I had my camera ready,                                                                                                                  For the train that’s comin’ back …                                                                                                       But I waited half the mornin’,                                                                                                               And got me quite the shiver,                                                                                                                 When finally I realized that ol’ train …                                                                                                Was on the track across the river!

 

 

 

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