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Public Relations J
P.O. Box 6042,
Montreal, P.Q. H3C:
Volume 15, Number 12
Sept. 11, 1985
Politicians, business leaders and public attend re-enactment
eyes turned skyward as the crowd
watching the re-enactment of the
Driving of the Last Spike heard the
chop-chop sound of an approaching,
low-flying helicopter.
It was the signal for them to switch
from their roles as spectators of a
historic event and become participants. They applauded, cheered
and waved their small Canadian flags
at a photographer leaning from the
Some wiped away a tear or two. It
had been an emotional experience —
a ceremony with a special meaning for
all Canadians, and CP Rail employees
in particular.
The crowd, estimated at about
1,500, had just watched members of
the Revelstoke Little Theatre Company act out in costume the ceremony
recorded in the famous 'Last Spike'
photos of Nov. 7, 1885.
At the end, the narrator had instructed   everybody   present   —
parents, children, officials and guests
— to wave their flags at the helicopter
to add a spectacular dimension to the
aerial photos of the pageant.
Of course, there were no helicopters
100 years ago. But just as the original
photographer made use of up-to-date
camera equipment to record the event
in 1885, his modern counterparts
made use of the latest transport and
photo technology to record the re-
enactment for the coming century.
The re-enactment, scheduled to go
ahead rain or shine, began shortly
after an on-and-off rain storm. There
New two-way service begins
MONTREAL - CP Rail and the
Soo/Milwaukee System have reached
an agreement with the Chessie
System Railroads to provide a new
and rapid through-train service directly linking Eastern Canadian shippers
with the midwestern United States.
The two-way daily freight service —
trains 500 and 501 — will be known
as "Rail Runner" and will cut the
previous transit time in half between
Montreal and Chicago.
The service operates from Montreal, through Toronto, crosses into
the United States at Windsor/Detroit
and uses a new link via the Chessie
System Railroads on to Chicago.
'The bottom line is better service,"
said R.S. Allison, president, CP Rail.
'The important advantage to Canadian rail customers is that now they'll
have a direct link between Montreal/Toronto and Chicago as well as
improved access to other midwestern
Soo-Milwaukee points."
Rail Runner means a more efficient
routing system for freight handled between the central U.S., and Eastern
Canada. Much of this freight has been
handled through Sault Ste. Marie,
Ont., for interchange between CP Rail
and the Soo/Milwaukee System.
The new route reduces the distance
travelled from Montreal to Chicago by
435 kilometres.
Soo/Milwaukee President Dennis
Cavanaugh said U.S., customers also
stand to benefit from Rail Runner.
'The new service means that U.S.,
shippers will have improved access to
Canadian markets because the system
works both ways. Chessie's cooperation with CP Rail and
Soo/Milwaukee has provided just such
a system," he said.
Chessie System President John
Snow sees the new agreement with
the CP Rail/Soo Milwaukee System as
a major step in developing more efficient transborder freight movements.
"Shippers on both sides of the
border stand to benefit substantially.
We're demonstrating how railroads
can co-operate to provide productive
and cost-effective use of plant and
equipment," Mr. Snow said.
were occasional sunny moments,
which may not have been historically
correct (the original ceremony took
place on a misty morning), but they
added to the cheerfulness of the
More than 100 special guests from
Canada's political, historical and
business communities attended. The
37-member concert band of the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police provided
fanfares for the ceremony and musical
entertainment before and after the
The re-enactment not only brought
to life the characters in the original
Last Spike photo, but focussed attention on the historic significance of the
linking of the East and West through
the completion of the transcontinen
tal  line   of  the   Canadian   Pacific
As Transport Minister Donald
Mazankowski put it: "The ribbon of
steel brought us together as a nation
and as a people. It gave meaning and
substance to the word 'Canada'."
Looking to the future, Mr.
Mazankowski said that Canada again
will count on its transportation system
and its railways to provide the leadership, innovation and excellence that
helped build the country.
"The challenges are different,
although in their own way no less formidable," he said. "To meet those
challenges will require the same un-
daunting spirit and enterprise that
brought our forefathers to this spot."
The re-enactment attracted considerable media attention, with
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Toby Creek spans replaced
WINDERMERE, B.C. - A project
involving the replacement of a pile
trestle by three 13-metre steel bridge
spans over Toby Creek is underway
on CP Rail's Windermere subdivision
just north of here.
Work on the $700,000 project
began in May and is scheduled for
completion by late October.
The Windermere subdivision is a
key 229-kilometre section of trackage
running north-south, linking the
southeast Kootenays with CP Rail's
main line at Golden. Trains carrying
export coal, lead, zinc and forest products follow this route.
The new bridge is being constructed below the existing trestle, using temporary 'bents', or support
structures, to hold up the track while
work is carried out. This allows train
movements to continue without
The atmospheric corrosion-resistant
steel for the bridge was supplied by
Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd., from its
Toronto fabricating plant. Operation Lifesaver campaign
launched on Parliament Hill
OTTAWA - Parliament Hill served as the visual point recently for
Operation Lifesaver's launch of a new
national billboard program designed to
alert motorists of the dangers at
railway crossings.
Benoit Bouchard, former Minister
of State for Transport, officially
unveiled a striking red, white and
black billboard, with a graphic depiction of a close call between a car and
a diesel locomotive at a level crossing.
This national billboard campaign
also marked Operation Lifesaver's
latest effort to promote public
awareness across Canada.
The billboards will be posted at
more than 200 selected sites at a cost
of $200,000.
The program is funded by
Transport Canada and the Railway
Association of Canada in co-operation
with the Canada Safety Council and
the Canadian Transport Commission's
Railway Transport Committee.
"The money allocated for this project will go a long way to remind the
motorist to slow down and be aware
of the possible dangers lurking at level
crossings," Mr. Bouchard said. "Any
effort to raise motorists' awareness of
these dangers reinforces Transport
Canada's goal to make level crossings
as safe as possible."
On the Hill: Operation Lifesaver's national billboard program was officially unveiled in Ottawa recently by Benoit
Bouchard, former Minister of State for Transport.
Alberta firms build Olympic Centre
CALGARY - More than 20
Calgary and Edmonton-based companies are taking an active hand in the
construction of the Calgary Olympic
Centre, scheduled for completion late
this year.
The $5 million public exhibition and
meeting facility, located on the second
level of the Palliser Square mall, is being designed, constructed and donated
to the Olympic Games Organizing
Committee by the Canadian Pacific
group of companies.
The participating companies are:
Canadian Pacific Limited, Canadian
Well, dear readers, it's Who-Am-I time again. This issue's TRIVIRAIL
column honors one of Canadian Pacific's true giants. Without giving too
much away, it can safely be said that this person was a strong guiding
force to all the members of the Canadian Pacific family.
Here's how the Who-Am-I is scored. If you name our mystery guest
after one clue, you score 10 points; after the second clue, you score nine
points, and so on until the last clue, which scores one point. A tip of
the engineer's cap this issue goes out to Doug Younger, assistant
engineer, track, Windsor Station, for suggesting the column's topic. He'll
receive a small gift as a token of the kindly quizmaster's gratitude.
Don't forget, you too can be a guest TRIVIRAIL columnist. Send your
quiz questions, answers and sources to TRIVIRAIL, c/o Ralph Wilson,
Room 148, Windsor Station.
(1) I was born 81 years ago about 28 rail miles east of the location
where the Last Spike was driven.
(2) My father, Thomas H., was at one time a superintendent on the
Kettle Valley Division.
(3) I joined Canadian Pacific 65 years ago in the motive power
(4) I hold two honorary titles: Companion of the Order of Canada (1971)
and Knight of Grace from the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (1956).
(5) I'm a member of Calgary's Ranchman's Club.
(6) Although I don't use this full designation, after my name I could
add: CC, M.E., D.Eng., D.Sc, LL.D, D.C.L.
(7) I was appointed assistant to the vice-president, Canadian Pacific,
on May 11, 1942.
(8) I was elected vice-president and director of the company in 1949,
president in 1955, chairman of the board and chief executive officer in
1961, and retired in 1972.
(9) Some of my most important contributions to Canadian Pacific were
heading the team responsible for repatriation of majority ownership to
Canada; further extending diversification, particularly into natural
resources; and dieselization of the railway.
(10) Most people know me as "Buck."
Solution page 7
Pacific Enterprises Limited, CP Rail,
PanCanadian Petroleum, Fording
Coal, Marathon Realty, CP Air, CP
Hotels, CP Trucks, Cominco and
Maple Leaf Mills.
Following approval of the project
last February by OCO 88, Canadian
Pacific has completed all design work
and construction is now well
"The Olympic Centre will fulfill a
crucial need for us," said Jerry Joynt,
senior vice-president communications
for OCO 88. "It will be the central
meeting place where the public can
come, without charge, to be entertained and to learn more about all aspects
of the Olympic Winter Games."
"We deliberately selected Alberta
companies for this project because we
believe it is important that all Alber-
tans be given the opportunity to play
a direct role in preparing for the 1988
Winter Olympics," said Robert W.
Campbell, chairman and chief executive officer of Calgary-based Canadian Pacific Enterprises.
In Germany: Visiting the Deutches Bundesbahn's (DB) Maschen Terminal
near Hamburg are: (from left) Horst Hebeler, technical director of Eckelmann
- Eurokai-Group; Hans Pasold of the DB; Mr. Allison; Alastair Vartan, CP Rail
European managing director and Bill Ryan, assistant vice-president, sales.
CP Rail interests Europe
LONDON, England - CP Rail
President R.S. Allison made a seven-
country trip to Europe this summer,
meeting a wide spectrum of the continent's shipping and transport
Mr. Allison, accompanied by Bill
Ryan, assistant vice-president, sales,
hosted trade receptions in London,
Hamburg and Paris.
During his visit, Mr. Allison was interviewed by London's Financial
Times newspaper as well as the international shipping journal, Lloyd's List,
about the present and future of CP
British Rail's HS 125 passenger express and in France rode the TGV
high speed train — in both cases from
the locomotive engineer's view of the
In Germany, Mr. Allison was shown
the Deutsche Bundesbahn's (German
National Railway's) computer-
controlled marshalling yard at
Maschen Terminal on the outskirts of
"Mr. Allison's visit was very well
received," said Alastair Vartan, CP
Rail's European managing director.
"Throughout Europe those he met
were obviously pleased to hear firsthand of CP Rail's achievements and
future plans and to exchange views on
In Britain, Mr. Allison tried out    railway technology.'
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It's been a good Summer: John Koskoski thought it was a hoax.
But, the 56-year-old Lethbridge yard master discovered that the telephone call
informing him that he had won a trip to Expo 86 in Vancouver was legitimate.
"I thought he would jump through the roof," laughs Mary Jean, John's wife.
It has been 20 years since the Koskoski family was in Vancouver, and naturally
they are excited about the trip. In fact, it has been an exciting summer for them,
since both of their children are being married.
John is a 40 year veteran with CP Rail, starting as call boy when he was 15.
He has seen four different yard offices during his career, which has all been
spent in Lethbridge.
"This is definitely the biggest thing we've ever won," says John.
Western work projects
WINNIPEG - An 18-man CP Rail
work crew has begun resurfacing
operations between Winnipeg and
Emerson, Man.
The workmen are adding new
ballast and packing it. The work crew
began at Winnipeg and will continue
102 kilometres to Emerson.
Rail ballast crew is carrying out major rail line improvement work in the
Saskatoon area, putting fresh crushed rock ballast under the rails on a
56-kilometre stretch of line between
King and Lanigan and between
Blucher and Sutherland.
The ballast for the $1.7 million project is being hauled from McKague,
about 214 kilometres northeast of the
work site.
crews in Southern Alberta are busy
with various rail improvement
A 65-man gang is placing fresh
crushed rock ballast on 72 kilometres
of track on the Taber subdivision.
This $4.6 million project started at
Lethbridge in early August, and will
finish near Fincastle in early October.
In another project, an 80-man steel
gang is laying 22-metre-long welded
rail on 35 kilometres of track in the
Bow Island area.
The Lomond subdivision between
Eltham and Milo is the site of another
project as crews replace ties on a
grain-dependent branch line project
funded by the federal government.
Michel Spenard
Editorial assistant,
Lise Baillargeon
Corresponden ts,
Jane Mudry, Vancouver
Tana Speerbrecker, Rogers Pass
Dennis Lanthier, Calgary
Ken Emmond, Winnipeg
Timothy R. Humphreys, Toronto
Manager, Employee Publications
Ron Grant
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CPRail B Centennial date marks tragedy on Great Lakes
On Nov. 7, 1885, the last spike was
driven at Craigellachie, B.C., and,
ironically, on the same day that
nature's challenges had been met and
overcome in the West, the vessel
Algoma' was lost, a victim of wind
and ice on Lake Superior.
The Algoma was one of three
modern steel Great Lakes steamships
launched in the summer of 1883 to
provide passenger service between
Owen Sound and Port Arthur (now
Thunder Bay) Ont., linking Montreal
with Winnipeg and the West.
These ships also provided cargo
space for the vitally-needed supplies
for the construction of the railway
along the North Shore of Lake
Travelling under their own steam
from the builder's yard in England,
the Algoma and her sister ships
Athabasca' and Alberta', arrived in
Montreal by Sept. 1883, where they
were cut in half for movement through
the St. Lawrence River canal system
to Buffalo, New York.
In Buffalo, the ships were rejoined
and taken to Port Colborne, Ont., for
the completion of their upperworks.
All of the woodwork was cut and
shaped in the company's new shops
in Montreal and shipped to Port Colborne for installation.
When the ships steamed into Owen
Sound in the spring of 1884, not only
were they the fastest vessels operating
on the Great Lakes, but among the
most attractive as well.
"The graceful run of the lines indicates strength, seaworthiness, and
adaptability for speed, even to the eye
unlearned in the science of shipbuilding," noted a local newspaper.
"While the passenger accommodations are of the highest class."
The Algoma was the first to enter
service at Owen Sound, with more
than one thousand passengers crowded on the dock, waiting to take
passage on her.
First class passengers were provided with every amenity and confined
themselves to the Saloon and the
Saloon deck, while the second class
passengers were required to provide
their own mattresses and bedding,
and had the. run of the entire main
From the beginning, the new ships
found favor with the travelling public
and a first class train, known as the
'steamboat express', was operated
from Toronto to Owen Sound in conjunction with the steamship service.
The first season was occupied not
only with the movement of
passengers, but also with the delivery
of rails and bridge iron to construction
crews at Little Pic, Big Pic, Gravel
River, Jack Fish and Maggot River,
Lake shipping closed during the
winter, and reopened by mid-May of
During that summer, the normal
operation of the steamers was enlivened by the return of the troops sent to
quell the Northwest Rebellion. Unlike
their earlier move westward, where
the troops were forced to march over
the unfinished gaps in the railway, the
opening of navigation simplified their
return home.
The conditions on Lake Superior
can be demanding at the best of times,
being prone to sudden storms, and the
weather hear the closing of the
navigation season can be particularly
The Algoma left Sault Ste. Marie on
Nov. 6, propelled by steam and sail
with a strong tail wind. Overnight, the
weather worsened and by early morning the wind, accompanied by snow
squalls, had reached gale force.
The captain, first officer and chief
engineer consulted and were all of the
opinion that they were 24 kilometres
off Isle Royale, when, in fact they
were much farther up the lake.
The engines were slowed and her
course changed, in order to take in sail
and run back into the lake.
She immediately struck a reef running out from Greenstone Island. Battered against the rocks by the surf,
she broke in half. Nothing could be
done to save either the ship,
passengers or cargo.
Men, women and children were
swept away like feathers and the survivors clung to the wreckage of the
One man later recalled the courage
of Captain Moore in their most
desperate hour: "Hurt as he was, he
said, 'Men, let us unite in prayer', and
there, with death flapping his wings
over us, we knelt down in the snow
and water and the captain prayed for
The   next   morning,   the   gale
moderated and the survivors were
able to fashion a raft and go ashore on
Greenstone Island at the northeast
end of Isle Royale.
Fortunately the Athabasca, which
had left Owen Sound on Nov. 7, spotted the distress signals on shore. After
48 hours of terror, the survivors were
rescued and the news of the tragedy
carried to Port Arthur.
Of the 56 crew members and
passengers onboard, only 14 were
It was the last time that the company's Great Lakes service took a life,
leaving an unblemished record of safety between 1885 and 1965.
Aftermath: The stern of the Algoma,
aground off Isle Royale after the
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Previous Winter: The ice-coated steamer Algoma upon arrival at Port
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How the three ships
sailed to Owen Sound
The steamships Algoma, Athabasca
and Alberta were all approximately 79
metres in length, too long to pass
through the Beauharnois, Cornwall
and Welland locks on their way to
Owen Sound on Georgian Bay.
In order to bypass this problem, the
ships were designed to be cut in half
at Montreal after crossing the Atlantic under their own power, and be rejoined at Buffalo, N.Y.
Sheets of iron were fitted to meet
where the cut would occur, and iron
bulkheads were erected amidships,
1.5 metres apart on either side of the
Once in Montreal, the heads were
knocked off the rivets at the joint,
which left both halves of each ship
floating freely.
Tug boats moved the six ship sections through the St. Lawrence River
canal system to a drydock in Buffalo
where they were rejoined.
Both the Athabasca and the Alberta were sold by the company in 1946.
After the accident, the Algoma's
engines were salvaged and transferred to another C.P.R. Great Lakes
vessel, the Manitoba.
They're On their Way home: Crowds on the dock at Owen Sound welcome the troops returning from the
North West Rebellion. The two ships nearest the dock are the Algoma and Alberta.
Last issue's
B.C. bridge replaced
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bridge builders have completed the installation of two new 16.5-metre steel
bridge spans over Ruby Creek, 11
kilometres east of Agassiz.
Work on the $360,000 project
began in early July with the modification of the bridge's existing piers and
Most of the construction was carried out between regular train
movements, to minimize disruption to
CP Rail traffic on the railway's busy
main line to the West Coast.
However, during the final two days
of the project freight traffic was interrupted for a six-hour period each day
to allow for the replacement of the
Two mobile cranes, one with a max
imum lift capacity of 149 metric tons,
the other with 72-metric-ton capacity,
were contracted to dismantle the old
spans and lower the new 34-metric-ton
spans into position.
Ballast, ties and rail were then installed by CP Rail track forces and
traffic began moving over the new
bridge structure Aug. 20.
The atmospheric corrosion-resistant
steel spans were supplied by Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd., from its Winnipeg fabricating plant.
The bridge project is part of a
planned $200 million in capital works
scheduled by CP Rail in British Columbia this year. CP Rail also anticipates spending almost $95 million
in the province during 1985 on regular
maintenance of its track and facilities,
in support of its capital program.
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J.D. Wilson has been appointed
temporary road foreman of engines,
at Kenora, Ont.
CF. Barnstable has been appointed supervisor, transportation development, at Montreal.
R.J. Lee has been appointed
supervisor, operations centre, at
D.M. Green has been appointed
B & B master — London Division, at
London, Ont
Charity Campaign: Last year's Employee Charities Donations campaign
was so successful, that on top of donating more than $232,000 to Montreal-
area charitable organizations, a bipolar electrocautery unit was donated to the
Montreal Burn Centre. The machine is used in the treatment of patients suffering from severe burns.
Members of the Canadian Pacific campaign: (from left) Wally Gregory, campaign director; Marcel Benoit, chairman, policy committee, and John Shearer,
vice-president, Canadian Pacific Pioneers' Association (Montreal), pose with Dr.
Richard Mouffarege and the unit at the Montreal Centre.
The goal of the 1985 campaign, which will run between Sept. 16 and 27,
is $235,000. It will be re-named the Canadian Pacific Employee and Pensioner
Charities Donation Fund (Montreal) to reflect the large contribution, $8,800,
Montreal-area pensioners made to last year's drive. Original Last Spike cairn rededicated at Aug. 8 ceremony
(cont'd from page 1)
reporters, photographers, radio and
TV crews covering the event. TVOn-
tario used several cameras, plus one
in a helicopter, to prepare a documentary video on the occasion and its
Before the re-enactment, Frederick
S. Burbidge, chairman of Canadian
Pacific Limited, dedicated the new
base of the cairn that has marked the
Craigellachie site for 58 years.
Embedded in the rebuilt monument
are stones from the 10 provinces, the
Yukon and Northwest Territories,
plus a stone from Craigellachie,
William C Van Home, who supervised construction of the line, chose
Craigellachie as the name of the place
where the rails would meet because
it had a special meaning to the
railway's founders.
"Stand Fast Craig Elachie" is the
rallying cry of the Clan Grant, to
which George Stephen, the president
of the C.P.R. at the time, and his
cousin, Director Donald Smith, were
related. They used the phrase as a
signal of encouragement when times
were tough and money was short.
Russell Allison, president of CP Rail
and the host at the re-enactment and
dedication, said that when Donald
Smith swung a spike maul in a symbolic act of completion of the CPR in
1885, "he sent a telling message to all
the doubters around the world: an infant nation had just taken her first
giant step.
"In the history of our country, the
Driving of the Last Spike was an epic
moment. And nowhere, I think, were
the joys  of accomplishment more
heartfelt than in the federal government thousands of miles away in
"British Columbia had its railway to
the East; the promise of Confederation
had been fulfilled."
Mr. Burbidge said that the steel
road tied Canadians together for the
first time, and helped Canada develop
its own history and traditions and its
own political and social system.
"These special Canadian ways of
doing things are what unite us as a
country and make us different from
any other national group. Beyond
everything, I think, we're bound to
one another, just as the early settlers
were, by our faith in the future."
Out-Of-tOWner: Craig Fielding of Sudbury, Ont, was the only non-resident
of Revelstoke to take part in the re-enactment. He played the part of Johnny
Ross, son of railway contractor James Ross. At a wrap up reception, Craig posed with President and Chief Executive Officer, W. W. Stinson (left) and F.S. Burbidge, chairman, Canadian Pacific Limited.
Hold that pose: Members of the Revelstoke Little Theatre Company re-enact what may be Canada's most well-
known photograph, the Driving of the Last Spike. High school Principal Dave White played the part of Donald Smith,
who needed a second spike to link East with West.
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Rededication: Chairman F.S. Burbidge pays tribute to the continuing unity of Canada in rededicating the rebuilt
cairn. In the background are: (left to right) the Honorable Don Mazankowski, Minister of Transport; Mr. Stinson; Garde
Gar dom, minister of intergovernmental affairs and house leader of the B.C legislature; Mr. Allison; Clifford C Michael,
member of the legislative assembly for Shuswap-Revelstoke; Patrick Reid, commissioner-general of Expo 86 and, T.S.
Coeuffin, mayor of Revelstoke.
The Cairn marks the Spot: Repointed and with a rebuilt base, the
Craigellachie cairn marks the section of track where the last spike was driven
100 years ago. Rocks representing the 10 provinces, two territories and one
from Craigellachie, Scotland, have been embedded in the new base.
Donald Smiths relative
at Craigellachie site
REVELSTOKE, B.C. - Linda Kit-
son, great, great-granddaughter of
Donald Smith, the company director
who drove the last spike 100 years
ago, was in Canada recently to sketch
and paint the re-enactment of the
famous moment as portrayed by the
cast of the Revelstoke Little Theatre
Company, as well as various scenes of
the Rogers Pass project.
Miss Kitson, Britain's war artist of
the Falklands conflict, will be working with the British Broadcasting Corporation in September, filming a one-
hour segment of the television network's series The World Around Us'.
Featured in this episode will be
Miss Kitson's work as it pertains to
her historic link with CP Rail.
An emotional moment: The flags were waving and the crowds cheering as a helicopter flew overhead after
the re-enactment as the grande finale of the ceremonies.
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Artist: Linda Kitson, great, great-
granddaughter of Donald Smith, attended the Last Spike ceremony to
sketch and paint the event. Queen Elizabeth park: Approximately one kilometre of track was installed by Revelstoke Division employees
in order to bring CP Rail's Community Centennial Train to the park where the dress rehearsal for the Last Spike re-
enactment took place.
Highball: Two unidentified children had a locomotive engineer's look at things
when they boarded a homemade steam engine used to pull sightseers in a trailer
around the park area.
Last Spike dress rehearsal reminiscent of Family Days
of 47 amateur actors and actresses, 14
of them CP Rail employees or retired
personnel, took part in the re-
enactment of the Driving of the Last
The group, members of the
Revelstoke Little Theatre Company,
rehearsed for four months under the
direction of Jim Cook, who in private
life, is a computer analyst.
Mr. Cook worked out the grouping
of the actors around the last spike set,
estimating distances and positions and
marking them on strips of plastic for
use during rehearsals.
His goal was to make sure that the
event was historically accurate, with
costumes and faces resembling as
closely as possible the actual participants in the original event. Many
of the participants grew beards for the
To assist in casting, Canadian
Pacific's corporate archives department provided the theatre group with
biographies and enlarged photographs
of the key people present at the 1885
Overall production was handled by
Jerry Lodge, a Newfoundland-born
talent manager who specializes in major productions. Mr. Lodge was
assisted by several make-up artists
and sound technicians.
With the exception of a few words
by the actor playing Van Home, there
were no speaking parts for those on
the set. The narrator, Brad Crandall,
provided running comment on the
historic figures and their activities as
the re-enactment progressed.
One of the CP Rail employees taking part in the event was Ed Jaatteen-
maki, a 50-year-old technical specialist
with the company. He played the part
of Major A.P. Rogers' guide, Tom
Dress rehearsal: Revelstoke
Superintendent Jack White (right)
dressed in 1880s era costume, introduces Narrator Brad Crandall before
the dress rehearsal began.
Hamburger anyone?: Alderman
John Opra of Revelstoke, cooked up
quite a few hamburger patties for the
crowds that attended.
Wilson, who discovered Lake Louise
in Alberta.
Mr: Jaatteenmaki is a direct descendant of Kustaa Laitinen from Finland,
who was present at the original
ceremony. He was section foreman at
Salmon Arm, B.C.
The CP Rail actors included (roles
in parenthesis): Ed Holland, a
locomotive engineer (Arthur Piers,
Van Home's secretary); Diane Popple well, maintenance of way clerk
(Mrs. Ross, wife of James Ross, a construction manager in the West); John
Perillo, pipefitter (George Harris, a
director of the C.P.R.); Doug Parker,
conductor, retired (Alexander Ross,
The following played the roles of
unidentifed navvies: Walter Maki,
carman, retired; Peter Mayert,
laborer, retired; Stewart Macartney,
pump repairman; Mike DeGirolamo,
assistant superintendent; Harold Lud-
wig, locomotive engineer; Phil
Reambeault, trainman; Art Gordon,
dispatcher; Frank Maki, painter.
High school Principal Dave White
played the role of Donald Smith; Mark
McKee, a menswear retailer, played
Van Home, and Don Gillespie, a cable
TV supplier, was Sir Sandford Fleming. The boy in the famous photo, Edward Mallandaine, was played by Dar-
ryn Thompson, a student at the
Revelstoke Senior Secondary School.
The part of Johnny Ross was played
by eight-year-old Craig Fielding, of
Sudbury. He was born on Nov. 7,
1976   —   91st  anniversary  of  the
original Last Spike ceremony at
Craigellachie, so his parents gave him
his appropriate name. Young Craig,
who likes railways, is considering
becoming an actor when he grows up.
The re-enactment, without the
helicopter scene and dedication
ceremony, was also performed Aug.
4 in Revelstoke's Queen Elizabeth
park as part of Homecoming Week.
About 5,000 persons attended.
William Stinson, president and chief
executive officer, Canadian Pacific
Limited, spoke at a CP Rail wind-up
banquet in Revelstoke, and commended the people of the community for
their efforts in making the ceremony
a success.
He told the audience the spike maul
used to drive the last spike in the re-
enactment would be sent to Transport
Minister Don Mazankowski, who had
returned to Ottawa.
The re-enactment spike was sent to
British Columbia Premier William
Bennett, whose flight to Revelstoke
had been cancelled because of poor
weather. Mr. Allison received the
spike that "Donald Smith" bent in the
re-enactment. (The real Donald Smith
also bent the first spike and had to use
a second.)
A second spike maul, one also used
in the re-enactment, was presented to
young Craig Fielding. Both spike
mauls used in the ceremony were
mounted on polished wooden plaques.
The cast attended another banquet
at which a variety of presentations
were made, including "cast" jackets
and replicas of the last spike. Com-
raderie was such at this point that cast
members were referring to each other
by their historic names — Smith,
Rogers, Mallandaine and the like.
The dignitaries on the podium during the last spike re-enactment included: Revelstoke Mayor T.S. Coeuffin;
Patrick Reid, Commissioner-General
of Expo 86; Mr. Stinson; Mr.
Mazankowski; Mr. Allison; Mr. Burbidge; Clifford C Michael, member of
the legislative assembly for Shuswap-
Revelstoke, and Garde Gardom,
minister of intergovernmental affairs
and house leader in the B.C.
One of the spectators at the re-
enactment was artist Linda Kitson,
who is a great-great-grandaughter of
Donald Smith. She sketched and
painted several scenes connected with
the event.
Family Days: Reminiscent of the 1981 centennial activities, Revelstoke residents turned out en masse to help CP
Rail celebrate its 100th birthday.
Sportswear: Members of CP Rail's special projects office in Revelstoke
model items from the railway's 1985 sportswear catalogue that feature the centennial logo.
From the left are: Laura Armitage, office clerk, in the pink sports shirt; Tana
Speerbrecker, administrative assistant, in the white T-shirt and centennial cap;
Ted Becotte, senior draftsman, wearing the engineer's cap; Al Soper, project
superintendent wearing the centennial jacket and, Ken Aura, engineering technician sporting the centennial custom jacket. Order form page eight.


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