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Canadian Pacific
Public Relations & Advertising
P.O. Box 6042, Station "A"
Montreal, P.Q.    H3C 3E4
Volume 14
Number 8
June 13, 1984
Orders cover wide range
of services and materials
WINNIPEG — In keeping with CP
Rail's policy of buying locally
whenever possible, a number of
companies located on the Prairie Region have received orders from the
railway for materials or services
ranging from the purchase of new
automobiles to repairing a freight elevator.
These expenditures form part of
the $100 million to be spent in addition to the approximate $350 million
1984 capital works budget.
More than $6.7 miUion worth of
orders have been placed, including:
• $375,000 for 27 trucks and two
cars from five Brandon auto dealers
for use in local railway operations;
• $40,000 for five automobiles
from Hauswer Chev-Olds in Regina.
B.C. firms
win tunnel
CALGARY — Four British Columbia firms have been awarded contracts for projects that form part of the
Rogers Pass Tunnel program.
Dawson Construction Limited of
Vancouver was the successful bidder on a contract for 2.5 miles (4
kilometres) of new railway grade
from Rogers Station to Mountain
Goodbrand Construction Ltd., of
Vancouver was awarded a contract
covering 5.3 miles (8.5 kilometres) of
new grade from Mountain Creek to
Stoney Creek.
Cana Construction Ltd., of Richmond, B.C., has been awarded a
contract covering the construction of
three bridges along the 10.78-mile
(17.8-kilometre) surface route of the
Rogers Pass project.
This contract calls for the construction of a 130-foot (39.6-metre) double-track bridge over Cupola Creek,
a 158-foot (48.1-metre) bridge over
(See 'The' page 3)
The cars will be based at the Moose
Jaw C.S.C.;
• $200,000 for manganese steel
castings from Abex Industries of Selkirk for use in railway track switch
• $155,000 for special steel bars to
be used to reinforce switch points.
The 5,395 14-foot (4.2-metre) and
3,585 20-foot (7-metre) bars have
been ordered from Manitoba Rolling
Mills of Selkirk;
• Armour Elevator Ltd., of Saskatoon has been awarded the contract
to rebuild the freight elevator at the
Moose Jaw station at a cost of
• Broda Construction Inc. of Kam-
sack, Sask., has been awarded a
$2.4 million contract to crush, haul
(See 'Prairie' page 8)
1984 plans:
MONTREAL — CP Rail will spend
$14.5 million in 1984 to purchase
new equipment, open a new container terminal in Edmonton, upgrade its
Calgary facilities and expand its terminal in Saint John, N.B.
The railway has ordered 150 dry
van domestic containers, 50 refrigerated containers and 137 container
chassis for delivery later this year.
The new equipment, costing $7 million, will be used for general merchandise traffic and perishable
(See 'Expansion' page 2)
CTC housings: One of 40 signal equipment housing units is loaded (photo left) for transport to a spot on the CP
Rail main line between Winnipeg and Kenora. The 40 units will be installed at intervals along the 120-mile
(193-kilometre) segment of track as part of a four-year, $40 million program to introduce centralized traffic control
between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. The housings shelter signal control relays like the one being put in place (photo
right) by Bill Shushkewich, signal helper. The first segment will be in operation in 1984, and the full distance will be
under central control by the end of 1986. The units shown above were built in Longueuil, Que., wired in Winnipeg and
are ready to be placed on pre-built concrete foundations beside the signals and switches they will control.
Changes in format and name
part of newspaper's history
Fifty years ago this month, the first
Canadian Pacific employee-oriented
newspaper was published.
The Canadian Pacific Staff Bulletin, as it was then named, was the
First canola shipment
through potash terminal
THUNDER BAY, Ont. — Less than
two weeks after the terminal's official
opening, CP Rail delivered a direct
shipment of canola (No. 1 Canada
rapeseed) May 2 through the new
Thunder Bay Terminals Ltd. (TBTL)
dry bulk handling facility onto the
ocean freighter the M.V. Alberta.
Cargill Limited of Winnipeg shipped the 12,300 tons (11,070 metric
tons) of canola for export to Europe.
Northern Sales Limited had
cleaned the canola so that it could be
moved directly through the TBTL
system. It moved in two solid blocks
of 100-ton hopper cars, one of 75
cars and the other of 80 cars. Each
car carries about 100 tons (90 metric
tons) of product.
The move occurred less than two
weeks after CP Rail and TBTL officially opened the new $5.75 million
dry bulk handling facility. CP Rail financed the construction, and TBTL
operates the facility.
The only product to move through
the new system prior to the canola
(See 'Canola' page 2)
medium through which employees
were kept informed about company-
related news and activities.
In October 1947, the publication's
name was changed to Spanner.
Under its new title, the publication
continued the tradition of supplying
news of company events from each
of the Company's services, not limiting itself to covering stories relating
to just any one. Publication of a
French supplement was also continued.
Depending on the news, photos
and stories available, a balance was
struck giving each entity as much
coverage as possible.
However, during certain periods in
the publication's history, particular
themes and topics seemed to come
more and more often.
When the company was investing
in the construction of new passenger
or cargo steamships, these purchases and expenditures received constant exposure.
Furthermore, as the railway introduced new locomotive types, or
when it began dieselization, publicity
In the 1940s and 1950s, Canadian
Pacific Airlines got a lot of press with
the acquisition of new planes and the
inauguration of new routes.
One subject in particular received
constant exposure in the early-and
mid-1940s, the Second World War.
Some issues of Spanner were entirely devoted to Canadian Pacific's
war effort; stories featured shops
converted to the production of war
materiel, employees going to join the
battle, employees lost in the war, as
well as advertisements for the purchase of war bonds.
In general, story ideas and coverage remained the same, bringing
Canadian Pacific's world-wide activities to employees and their families
wherever they were located.
Color reproductions in Spanner
were introduced in the 1960s, and
were used mainly for covers and the
occasional Canadian Pacific advertising supplement.
Another milestone, the July-
(See 'Subsidiary' page 3)
R.S. Allison discusses
CP Rail's role in Canada's
economic recovery
See page 2
The Canada Une
sponsors racing entry
in Tall Ships Race
See page 8 Canola second product through terminal
(cont'd from page 1)
shipment has been potash. However, the partners expect to move a
variety of grains and other products
through it in the months to come.
"This is the type of innovative
approach to grain handling you can
expect to see at CP Rail," said Harry
Biden, general manager of marketing
and sales for grain.
"We feel this is the kind of improvement in efficiency envisioned by the
authors of the new legislation for
Suggestion Plan posters
Simplicity is the key
MONTREAL — Canadian Pacific
Suggestion Plan posters have been
so successful over the years that
many major corporations and government agencies in Canada and the
U.S., have called on John Mann,
manager of the suggestion program,
for advice on producing these idea-
provoking visual aids.
"Canadian Pacific is one of the few
companies which produces posters
of such superior color and graphics,"
said Mr. Mann. "Most companies buy
their posters from private manufacturers."
In 1981, a U.S. Army official, impressed with a particular suggestion
plan poster, asked Canadian Pacific
if it could be used for one year.
Thus the suggestion poster of the
piggy bank was adopted in the U.S.,
Pacific theatre of operations, which
includes bases in Japan, Korea, the
Philippines and the San Francisco
Canadian Pacific gains recognition
for its posters by attending the annual
National Association of Suggestion
Systems conference to exchange
ideas. In 1969 Canadian Pacific won
an award for its promotion campaign.
"A successful poster is one with a
fast and eye-catching message to
attract the attention of as many employees as possible," said Mr. Mann.
"Employees, especially in the shops,
don't have the time to read a long
message, so the poster allows them
to see the message at a glance."
Phil Hamilton, a mechanical artist
for Canadian Pacific has been designing the posters for the last five
"The key is simplicity," said Mr.
Hamilton. "You have to be able to tell
the story in the shortest way with
minimal elements."
Creative ideas don't necessarily
occur during the regular nine to five
office hours. Mr. Hamilton thinks of
concepts while skiing or when jogging. "The ideas flow freely because
the physical exertions or changes in
scenery relieve whatever pressures
or concerns I may have at the time."
"The poster campaign is big business," said Mr. Mann. "Suggestions
received to reduce unnecessary
costs have saved Canadian Pacific
almost $2.5 million in 1983."
Don't forget the contest; $1,000 for
the 50,000th suggestion and $1,000
plus two economy-class return tickets via CP Air to either Honolulu, Amsterdam or Rome, to be chosen by
draw from all valid suggestions received in 1984.
"There are benefits for all the participants from the producer on through
the marketing chain to the customer."
The hopper cars were marshalled
through Cargill's regular allocation.
"We were fortunate the new system at Thunder Bay was in place because our own facilities are fully
occupied and we didn't want to
jeopardize wheat and barley movement through the terminal," said
Kerry L. Hawkins, president of Cargill
"We're pleased to have the flexibility of an alternative when our own
terminal is fully loaded.
"The fact that we are able to move
clean grain from an inland terminal
right onto a ship makes the TBTL
operation a convenient service."
The new flexibility in grain handling
is seen as a welcome development
by the managers at Northern Sales
"Northern Sales is pleased to participate in this cost-efficient approach
to the movement of Canadian grain,"
said Bruce Johnson, the company's
manager of operations.
The TBTL facility is a new tool
available either as a backup to existing facilities in Thunder Bay or as
an alternative for handling of large
volumes of market-ready grain.
Direct delivery: A cargo of rapeseed moves directly up a conveyor belt
onto an ocean freighter as it is unloaded from a CP Rail train at the Thunder
Bay Terminals Ltd., bulk handling facility at Thunder Bay. This is the first time
rapeseed has ever been loaded directly from a train onto a ship.
Expansion keeps Intermodal competitive
(cont'd from page 1)
Approximately $7.5 million will also
be spent this year to complete the
new $14 million intermodal terminal
at Edmonton, expected to be in operation in October 1984 with capacity
Railway renewal is Allison's topic
at 1984 Financial Post Conference
MONTREAL — Executive Vice-
President R.S. Allison told the closing session of a Financial Post Conference on Railway Renewal that the
real measure of the success of planned railway expansion will be a bigger and more competitive trading role
for Canada. Here is a series of questions and answers taken from Mr.
Allison's remarks.
Q. In your speech you mentioned that you were optimistic about Canada's future economic development. What factors are creating this optimism?
A. The first reason is that because
of the passing of the Western Grain
Transportation Act, the railways now
will be able to put the facilities and
services in place to meet Canada's
transportation needs as they develop.
The second reason is that with the
undertaking of the Rogers Pass Project and other railway expansion and
renewal work, shippers can look to
expanding their markets without fear
of potential transportation bottlenecks.
Q. How can these two new realities affect Canada's economic development?
A. One implication is obvious. The
additional direct and indirect contribution the railways themselves will
make to the economy. Purchases,
investment, employment and tax
payments, for example.
Q. What is it that triggers additional railway spending?
A. These spinoff effects originate
when Canadian goods are sold at
home or abroad. When these sales
generate increased traffic, additional
railway activity results. This translates into new railway spending. The
additional work and spending by the
railways depend upon Canada
realizing its export potential.
Q. Now that the potential problem of a shortage of railway capacity is being attended to, how else
can the railways contribute?
A. As important as capacity is, it is
vital to provide cost-effective transportation so the goods we are carrying can compete when they go to
CP Rail has improved its performance by capacity-expanding construction and improved productivity.
More tons per freight car, more cars
per train and faster turnaround of
freight cars help keep the unit cost of
transportation down.
Q. How does the Western Grain
Transportation Act affect the
financing of new developments?
A. There are two ways the Act
affects our financial planning. First,
the higher, more realistic level of
compensation for hauling grain increases the funds available internally
for reinvestment, and second, it enables CP Rail to raise outside capital
because the improved grain revenues will, in turn, improve the railway's borrowing capacity.
Q. What is the net result from the
Western Grain Transportation
A. For CP Rail, the Act has made
the railway commercially viable. We
are able to meet the costs of staying
in business and satisfying the increasing demand for railway service.
We are paid for the work we do.
Q. Now that the capacity prob
lem is being dealt with, what is the
next step?
A. The next step is for Canadian
industry to use the capacity being
provided to seek out new market
opportunities. Having sufficient
transportation capacity isn't by itself
going to guarantee a market for
Canadian products.
Q. How can the railways help?
A. The most important way would
be to keep the transportation component as low-cost as possible. The key
to this is cost control.
Q. How large a factor is keeping
tight control on costs?
A. CP Rail is as dedicated to being
cost-effective as we are to having
sufficient capacity. All the capacity in
the world will get us nowhere in gaining new or expanded markets if it
comes at too high a price or is used to
carry overpriced, uncompetitive products.
Q. Is co-operative development
a viable route for improving
grain's competitive position?
A. Yes it is. The commercial
framework still does not exist for
grain. However, there is a potential
for cost-saving efficiencies to be developed, particularly through the
Senior Grain Transportation Committee which is made up of representatives of the grain handlers and
producers, government agencies,
the railways and other transportation
Co-operative precedents have
been achieved by other commodities. Clearly there is great potential
for the same practical, cost effective
efforts in the transportation and
marketing of grain.
to handle 50,000 trailers and containers a year.
The new terminal is designed to
accommodate lift-on, lift-off operations for domestic containers, trailers
and import/export containers between the ground, railcar and container chassis. Two new top lifters,
each with a lifting capacity of 90,000
pounds (4,842 kilograms), have
been purchased for this purpose.
The existing lifting machinery at
the Calgary intermodal terminal will
be upgraded this year so that trailers
as well as containers can be handled.
The expansion and upgrading of
the Saint John terminal will also be
completed in 1984 at a cost of approximately $300,000. This will give the
terminal the capacity to handle
domestic containers on-and-off railway cars. The new eight-acre (3.2-
hectare) site will provide a larger storage area.
"The decision to switch from a circus loading/unloading system into a
mechanical lift on/lift off operation to
accommodate the domestic contain-
Sir, — I read recently your article
on CP Rail's safety statistics in the
April 4 issue of CP Rail News.
It should be made clear, I believe,
that the success of our program is a
proud achievement of all CP Rail employees. I was somewhat embarrassed to read that our improved safety
record was ascribed "in a large part"
to me, with the implication that I
somehow ordered it.
This is not true. Of course, I have a
great interest in safety but it must be
noted that the employees of CP Rail
are the people who make it work.
They should be proud of their accomplishment; they deserve all credit for
I have no hesitation in saying that I
am proud of them and of what they've
J.P. Kelsall
Operation and Maintenance
ers — and increase productivity —
resulted in this upgrading program,"
said R.A. Teoli, assistant vice-
president, intermodal services.
"Mechanical lifting capability is critical if we are to remain competitive.
"Our larger heavy-volume terminals are being equipped with piggy-
packers giving them the capacity to
handle trailers, 20 and 40-foot
marine containers, and 29 and
44-foot domestic containers," said
Mr. Teoli.
Equipment already in place includes eight piggypackers, nine side
lifters and 22 smaller top-lifters.
Since CP Rail purchased its first
domestic container in 1978, the company has spent approximately $95
million on domestic containers, terminals and support equipment including chassis, rail cars and container handlers.
CP Rail's Intermodal Services officially began in 1957 with 90 flatcars
and 100 trailers. Today, it is one of
the fastest growing aspects of the
railway's business. It has a fleet of
approximately 1,750 domestic containers, 2,000 rail cars for domestic
and marine use, 1,300 piggyback
trailers, 1,500 chassis and 1,990
trailer flatcars.
Manager, Employee Publications
Ron Grant
Michel Spenard
Editorial assistant,
Lise Baillargeon
Jane Mudry, Vancouver
Ralph Wilson, Calgary
Ken Emmond, Winnipeg
Stephen Morris, Toronto
CP Rail News is published every
three weeks in both English and
French for the employees and pensioners of CP Rail. All letters and
enquiries should be addressed to:
The Editor, CP Rail News, Public
Relations and Advertising Dept.,
Windsor Station, Montreal, Que.,
H3C 3E4.
CPRaim C.P.R.'s radio stations on-air for six years in 1930s
In an age of instant satellite-
beamed communications and home
video taping machines, it is hard to
imagine a time when radio broadcasting was the most exciting and
Musical party: Life aboard ship on
a round-the-world cruise.
innovative form of home entertainment; yet when Canadian Pacific
became active in the field in the early
1930s, this was very much the case.
The activities of the railway in the
field of broadcasting were a natural
development of the commercial tele-
graph system already operated
across the country by Canadian
In the United States such transmissions could be made over the telephone circuits of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co.'s wires, but in
Canada the vast distances combined
with a sparse population compelled
the telephone company to lease the
railway's lines.
In light of this, more than a million
dollars was expended by the C.P.R.
on the installation of a new "carrier
current" system which was capable
of transmitting 96 messages simultaneously over one pair of wires.
Originally, Canadian Pacific sponsored Friday evening radio hours
featuring the dinner orchestra of the
Royal York Hotel alternating with folk
songs or light operas.
These programs were so successful in early 1930 that by mid-year they
were being broadcast across Canada in all the major cities from Quebec
to Vancouver.
So highly were they regarded that
they were the first programs originating outside the United States to be
accepted by the National Broadcasting Company.
By June, 1930, the Royal York
Hotel in Toronto had established its
own radio station on the top floor of its
new extension, and the studios were
reputed to be among the finest on the
The design of the systems was
carried out and installed by the Northern Electric Co. Ltd. (now Northern
Telecom), and the project engineer
was Sidney T. Fisher of Montreal.
The station call letters were,
appropriately enough, CPRY and its
Subsidiary-company papers focus
on their personnel and operations
(Cont'd from page 1)
August, 1968 issue of Spanner introduced Canadian Pacific's new logo,
the multimark, to employees, and to
the world.
The railway company left behind
its long-used and trustworthy beaver
crest, as did the airline with its stylized Canada goose and the shipping
company with its world-recognized
red and white checkerboard house
Spanner 1 explained the design of
the new logo and its application to the
hundreds of different vehicles and
conveyances used by Canadian
This issue shows that originally CP
Rail diesel locomotives were to be
painted completely black, but as we
can see today, before the program
got underway a decision was made
to use the more exciting and noticeable 'action red'.
It wasn't until the early 1970s that
the different corporate entities decided that they should have their own
publications, concentrating on their
operations and personnel.
The only exception to this was the
shipping company which had, between 1962 and 1968, published an
employee magazine called Soundings. This was mainly for ships' personnel in the U.K. and at sea. During
this period Spanner continued to cover maritime news.
The current CP Ships publication,
Seanews, began in 1970 and has
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First CP Rail News: The premier issue of the new employee newspaper published in two editions, one East and one West, Sept., 1971.
been published on a semi-regular
basis ever since.
CP Air News in its current tabloid
format was first published in March,
1970. It was preceeded by a publication that began in the mid-1940s, the
Honker, named after the airline's
symbol, the Canada goose. Accurate
records are not available, but it
seems that the Honker was published until the late 1940s.
The publication for our trucking interests began in 1972, as did CP
TeleNews which, in 1979, in conjunction with the forming of the new company, became the CNCP Telecommunications Journal. It has since
changed to the Journal.
CP Hotels News also began about
this time, and continued until 1977
when they ceased publication. In
1981, a new tabloid format newspaper called Dialogue was begun for
the hotel employees.
It was in late 1971 that the final
issue of Spanner was printed and as
of September, 1971, the railway-only
oriented newspaper, CP Rail News,
was published.
With the paper's new name, its format was also changed, back to a tabloid newspaper format.
The early issues had two editions
printed, one for Eastern Canada and
one for the West. This separation
was short-lived and, soon after, a
national edition was printed.
It was at this point that the newspaper was issued with a separate
French edition.
Over the years, special editions
have also been printed, such as the
centennial issue published in 1981.
This edition reprinted stories and
photographs dating back to the railway's early construction and expansion years.
Throughout the history of employee publications, CP Rail News
has won many awards and has been
used repeatedly as an example of
good, professional employee newspapers.
Over the years, the publication has
always been able to fulfill the desires
expressed by Edward Beatty in the
first issue of the Canadian Pacific
Staff Bulletin, to communicate what
was happening in the company to all
employees, whether an office manager at headquarters or a track sec-
tionman at Meadow Lake, Sask.
slogan "cheerful and good music"
continued to govern the programs.
A second set of studios was established at the Banff Springs Hotel
where the Northern Electric Co. supplied and installed a Western Electric
type 8-B speech input system.
From these studios Canadian
Pacific - sponsored programs were
expanded to Sunday afternoons in
order to present the "Musical
Cruisaders", a musical party on the
"Empress of Australia's" round-the-
world cruise, illustrating with song
and music the life on board a cruise
ship and in the various countries
By far the most popular show,
however, was broadcast on Monday
nights and was entitled "Melody
Mike's Music Shop". The music shop
was located at an imaginary railway
divisional point called "Melody Junction" and was run by the proprietor,
"Melody Mike".
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Melody Mike's Music Shop featured, from left; Lack-a-day Liz,
Mike's wife Mary, Melody Mike (seated), sons Ted and Larry and neighbor Scotty Macgregor.
The shop was the centre of numerous adventures in which Mike, Mary,
his wife, Ted and Larry, their sons,
Scotty Macgregor, an argumentative
but friendly neighbor, and Lack-a-
day Liz, the most eccentric of the
characters, all played parts.
The theme song was called "The
Train" and was especially popular
with children, and featured a locomotive bell and whistle sounds.
"I think your Monday evening
broadcast of the doings of Melody
Mike's Music Shop is just the niftiest
half-hour program we receive", bubbled one listener, while another
claimed, "there may be a more love-
able or whimsical group of entertainers on the air than Melody Mike's, on
yon point I'll no' argy wi' ye, but if
there is, I have yet to hear it".
Hundreds of such kudos were received each week after a broadcast.
Unfortunately, the company did
not stay in the broadcasting field for
very many years.
When the Canadian government
decided to emulate the British Broadcasting Company with the Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation in 1936,
Sir Edward Beatty, the company's
president wished to avoid any political complications and decided to step
out of broadcasting altogether.
The company's telegraph lines
continued to be used for radio transmission and Canadian Pacific sponsored a half-hour program of folk
music entitled "Canadian Mosaic",
under the direction of their publicity
agent, John Murray Gibbon.
Although this program continued
to be a successful advertising
medium, the company's commitment
to broadcasting had ended, a mere
six years after its pre-eminence in the
Radio CPRY: Reputed to be the finest studios on the continent, the
CPRY station on top of Toronto's Royal York Hotel broadcast a format of
cheerful and good music. Later, a second set of studios was established at
the Banff Springs Hotel.
The Rogers pass construction
camps' needs are tall order
(Cont'd from page 1)
Mountain Creek and a 158-foot
(48.1-metre) bridge over Connaught
Work on these projects began in
early June.
Also, Cana Construction Ltd., was
awarded the contract for development of an access road to the Mount
Macdonald Tunnel ventilation shaft
site, and for surface preparation of
the site. On-site work is to start July 1.
National Caterers Ltd., of Vancouver, was the successful bidder on
a contract covering catering and
janitorial services at the three work
camps.   ,
It is estimated that it will take two to
three trailer-loads of supplies each
week to service the three camps, located in the Rogers Pass area of the
Selkirk Mountains.
The camps will consume about five
and-a-half tons (five metric tons) of
groceries and other supplies per day.
The camps, provided by CP Rail to
accommodate employees of contractors working on the $600-million-
plus project are being supplied by
Atco Pacific of Penticton, B.C. Never a dull moment with Special Projects group
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Projects range from yard expansion
to largest undertaking since 1885
at the East Portal
WOrk: Last year, workers began the first stages of drilling
of the 9.11-mile (14.6-kilometre) Mount Macdonald Tunnel.
ALGARY — One thing for cer-
' tain about working for the Special Projects Engineering Department here — there is rarely a dull
moment these days.
With the mammoth Rogers Pass
tunnel project, the car and diesel repair facility at Moose Jaw, a major car
facility currently under construction in
Golden, and a number of other projects currently on the go, the staff has
certainly been kept hopping since
first moving here nearly two years
Formerly under the general manager of the Pacific Region in Vancouver, Special Projects became a system department under the direction
of John Fox in 1982. "When we became involved with the Rogers Pass
project, it appeared then that we
should set up a separate organization," said Mr. Fox, vice-president,
"As it worked out, it was exactly the
right thing to have done because our
workload in the Rogers Pass has
been beyond expectations."
The move to Calgary was made
because of expectations that most of
Stories by
Computer assisted: Assistant Design Engineer Doug Fox (right) checks computer plots with Computer
Technician Kevin Meldrum. The computers provide a great deal of support to the Special Projects group, saving
engineers and designers both time and effort.
Computer technology a big help
New state-of-the-art computer
technology has proved to be a
tremendous help in the Special Projects area, and the Rogers Pass in
It was used to capture and present
geotechnical and survey data, perform complex roadbed design, and
assess the visual aspect of the project.
The computer proved to be of
tremendous assistance in proving
the design would be aesthetically
The crew was able to transpose
their diagrams over actual photographs on the computer so that a
very accurate view of what the area
would look like from tourist viewpoints could be obtained.
The computer is also capable of
recording and assessing geological
information before tunnel construction begins. This means, for example, that if there are any major geological faults, they can be recorded immediately.
"The computer can basically tell us
what we are hitting," explains Roy
Chursinoff, assistant design engineer. "Our ultimate goal is not to
have to put in a lot of unnecessary
Also, the computer assesses the
progress of construction on a daily
basis so inspectors can see relevant
facts and figures, such as the amount
of rock drilled in a particular day.
Technicians are also now able to
place diagrams on computer tapes
directly from aerial photographs,
then are able to do design calculations from Calgary, without having to
be at the work site.
Mr. Chursinoff has high praise for
the computers and communications
department in Toronto and Montreal,
which assisted the Calgary crew
when the computer system was first
introduced in 1982. "At that time, we
were still working the bugs out of the
system," recalls Roy. "We certainly
couldn't have done it without their
the future projects would be occurring in this central area.
Mr. Fox joined CP Rail in Montreal
with the chief engineer's office in
1949 after obtaining an engineering
degree from McGill University.
After moving to positions of increased responsibility in various divisions for 13 years, he moved back to
the chief engineer's office when in
1976, he became chief engineer.
Mr. Fox has seen his headquarters
staff increase to 35 from eight employees two years ago. There are
also 70 staff members in the field,
including 28 in the Rogers Pass, 30
workers in the double tracking project
outside Revelstoke, nine at Golden
and three in Moose Jaw.
The projects which Special Projects staff are working on include:
Rogers Pass — This much publicized $600 million project is aimed at
reducing to one per cent the existing
2.2 per cent grade between the
Beaver River Valley and the Rogers
Pass area of British Columbia, which
will provide increased main line
capacity to meet projected traffic demands between Calgary and Vancouver.
The focal point of the project is the
9.11 mile (14.6 kilometre) Mount
Macdonald Tunnel.
Staff have been particularly busy
on the project in the past few months,
preparing detailed plans for the contracts.
This project is the largest single
construction project undertaken by
the railway since the completion of
the transcontinental line in 1885, and
it's a major challenge for the Special
Projects department.
The project is being supervised on
site by Construction Manager Norm
Tennock, Tunnel Superintendent Peter Penner, and Surface Grading Superintendent Peter Holubar.
Moose Jaw — Work is continuing
under Project Supervisor Hugh
Robinson, on a three-year project to
build a new car and locomotive repair
and servicing facility.
The building exterior is complete
and work is now underway on interior
installations. The $15 million project
which will also include new diesel
locomotive fueling and sanding facilities, is scheduled for completion in
British Columbia — Double
tracking is continuing under Project
Supervisor Mike Hobbs, between
Revelstoke and the Rogers Pass in
British Columbia. The project involves a 23 mile (37 kilometre) section of double track, including two
new bridges. The new twin-track will
improve service on the Mountain
subdivision between Revelstoke and
Field, B.C.
Golden — A $47 million coal car
repair shop and train servicing yard is
well underway at Golden, B.C., under
Project Supervisor Ed Swanson.
Grading, drainage and preliminary
service work is now virtually complete, and work on the coal car repair
shop will soon be underway.
This project involves relocation of
the main track of the Windermere
subdivision around the town to the
south and west, and work is now
underway on a new bridge across the
Kicking Horse River, required for the
track relocation. This is a four-year
project, slated for completion in
Calgary — Planning is underway
for the expansion and redesign of
Keith Yard on the city's western outskirts.
Consultation: Engineering Technician Pierre Haince (left) looks over
plans of the new Moose Jaw repair facilicity with Project Supervisor Hugh
Robinson. HQ Staff: Supervisory staff at the system office in Calgary include (standing, left to right): Design Engineer Meryl
Klassen; Assistant Design Engineer Roy Chursinoff; Deputy Chief Construction Engineer Erwin Breu. Seated (left to right)
are: Assistant Design Engineer Doug Fox; Vice-President, Engineering Special Projects John Fox and Chief Construction
Engineer Ron Tanaka.
Twin Butte: This streamlined section of double-track, approximately 12
miles (19 kilometres) east of Revelstoke, was completed in 1983 and was
one of the projects handled by the Special Projects group.
MOOSe Jaw: The $15 million car and locomotive repair facility is scheduled for completion in 1985 and will
include locomotive fueling and sanding facilities.
Small details don't get past technical staff
Golden, B.C.: Project Supervisor, Ed Swanson (left) checks construction
details of the new Golden coal car repair shop with Special Projects Bridge
Inspector Jeremy Ralph.
aving all of the technical in-
I formation on the Rogers Pass
Project available on time for tendering documents and regulatory bodies
such as Parks Canada was a major
challenge for the Special Projects
However, they were equal to the
task and the job they have done over
Technical team: Part of the technical team at the system Special Projects Engineering office in Calgary. Checking
details are (left to right): Engineering Technicians John Sutherland and Domenico Bonaldo; Assistant Design Engineer Roy
Chursinoff; Engineering Technician Rick Stobie; Computer Technician Kevin Meldrum and Doug Fox, assistant design
the past few months is best summed
up by John Fox.
"Our technical people have worked holidays, nights and weekends
and have done just a whale of a job,"
says the vice-president, engineering,
special projects.
Since the Rogers Pass work is proceeding in a national park, the technical crew have been kept busy in
planning the surface route while ensuring that environmental concerns
are met.
Assistant Design Engineer Roy
Chursinoff remembers working
essentially each evening and
weekend in order to meet the project
deadlines while ensuring these standards were met. "There were just so
many things you had to juggle," he
recalls. "You had to keep refining and
A sampling of concerns which
technicians had to deal with included:
• Sound level created from construction. The noise level had to be carefully watched so that tourists and the
public would not be disturbed. A
sound level meter was installed to
meet these requirements.
• The visual assessment. Technicians had to prove that their design
would be aesthetically appealing at
all times. This meant that construction could not block the view of tourists, or lie on their direct line of vision.
For example the ventilation shaft
for the 9.11 mile (14 kilometre) Mount
Macdonald Tunnel had to be moved
among the trees because it would
have been visible from tourist viewpoints.
• The balancing of earth quantities.
Whenever earth is dug up during
construction, it will have to be replaced immediately to satisfy geological concerns.
• Concerns for wildlife. Staff had to
be aware of the habits of the wildlife
in the park to ensure the natural lives
of the animals would not be altered.
• Moose also have an apparent
tendency to walk along railway tracks
and be killed. Designs had to ensure
that the moose would have a clear
path up and down the mountain.
• The quality of air. An air sampling
plant has to be set up to ensure an
acceptable air quality during construction.
Many of the detailed design plans
which had to be prepared now sit in
the office of Assistant Design Engineer Doug Fox, where reviews still
periodically take place.
There are design templates, which
tell the contractor what should be excavated. These plans include details
on existing topography, ground conditions, types and quantities of existing soil.
A Mass-Haul Diagram tells contractors from where to get their soil
and where to place it.
A reclamation plan is provided to
ensure the restoration and re-
vegetation of plants, shrubs and
grass during and after the construction job has been completed.
Erosion control plans are created
at watercourse crossings. This helps
to ensure, for example, that silt from
construction does not enter and contaminate the water. Railway people in the news
Many years Of Service: Six Angus Shops employees recently retired with more than 249 years of service.
They are (from left): Bernard Costello, clerk, 42 years; Jacques Douville, pipefitter, 42 years; Robert Danis, carman,
42 years; Gerard Bo/duc, laborer, 39 years; Francesco Rapone, machinist, 41 years, and Henri Bajot, sheet metal
worker, also general chairman of the International Brotherhood of Sheet Metal Workers, with 43 years of service.
Roadmasters: Two of the Brandon Division's roadmasters retired with
a combined service of some 81 years. A.O. (Archie) Christianson (left)
entered service as a laborer at Pierson, Man., in 1941 and became a
roadmaster in 1973. Roy Gwiazda (right) also entered service as a laborer at
Molson, Man., and was appointed roadmaster in 1971. Wishing them well
are (center left and right) Division Superintendent CE. Minto and Divisional
Engineer R.J. Horsman.
Appointments on the system
Don E. Limerick has been
appointed manager, mail, microfilm
& facilities, computers and communications, at Montreal.
Jean Marc Chartier has been
appointed manager, computer centre, computers and communications, at Montreal.
Patrick Dwan has been
appointed trainmaster on the Brandon Division.
Josef Dornicak has been
appointed regional supervisor of
welding, Pacific Region, at Vancouver.
Sophia Tymchyshyn has been
appointed director, engineering services, mechanical department, at
Windsor Station.
D.K. Meyler has been appointed
senior mechanical engineer^ mechanical department, at Windsor Station.
RJ. Rose has beeh appointed
manager of locomotive projects,
mechanical department at Windsor
G.B. Brennan has been
appointed manager of car projects,
mechanical department, at Windsor
Monique Kosciow has been
appointed office manager, office of
the chief engineer, at Montreal.
W.A. Wright has been appointed
national manager, freight forwarders, intermodal services, at Montreal. Mr. Wright will assume system-
wide responsibility for marketing
and sales activities related to pool
car/freight forwarder traffic.
Mary Brazeau has been
appointed assistant office manager,
office of the chief engineer, at Montreal.
D.W. Howard has been appointed
marketing director, freight forwarders, intermodal services, at Toronto. Mr. Howard will be responsible
for the development and implementation of marketing plans for
pool car/freight forwarder traffic.
Lloyd J. Megin has been
appointed manager, support services, computers and communications, at Montreal.
Kam Jain has been appointed
manager, computer centre, at
CA. Joe Robinson has been
appointed change control manager,
computers and communications, at
Maurice O. Sauve has been
appointed production services manager, computers and communications, at Montreal.
Model gift: Roger Pinsonnault, supervisor car construction in car engineering at Windsor Station, retires
with 43 years of service.
"1   ill
Golden anniversary: Former
Atlantic Region General Freight
Agent William (Bill) Gourley and his
wife Lillian celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary recently in
Ottawa. He retired from CP Rail in
1965. Bill is a third generation CP
Rail employee, his grandfather
William C. Gourley was freight shed
foreman atCarleton Place, Ont, until
1884, and he was succeeded there
by his son George who retired in
1933 with more than 50 years service.
Best Wishes: Venetta M. Booth, supervisor of reclaims at Montreal
retires with 37 years of service. Miss Booth began service in 1946 as a clerk
in the transportation office at Winnipeg. She transferred to Montreal in 1956
to the system car accounting office where she performed various clerical
assignments prior to her appointment in 1976 to her position at time of
Congratulations: Many friends and colleagues were on hand to wish
James Mallory (Mai) Bentham, (right) vice-president, purchases and
materials a happy retirement after more than 36 years of service. With Mr.
Bentham are: Joan Lawrence, secretary and H.S. Robertson, director of
Happy day: Norman Pemberton, a
machinist at Angus Shops, retires
with 43 years of service.
Long service: M.H. Brookes,
stores inspector, at Angus Shops,
retires with 47 years of service. During his long career, Mr. Brookes
occupied different positions such
as: junior clerk, clerk and chief clerk.
He was promoted stores inspector in
Last day: Paul-Emile Arcand, a
machinist at Angus Shops, retires
with 41 years of service.
Booking Off: Locomotive Engineer R.J. (Romeo) Gauthier at Sault
Ste. Marie, Ont, retires with 36 years of service.
Farewell: Gerard Perreault, a
machinist at Angus Shops, retires
with 44 years of service. New radio ads on the airwaves
MONTREAL — CP Rail's national
radio campaign is continuing this
year with 11 new commercials and
some of the original messages from
last year.
"The 11 new messages are of a
slightly different nature in that they
project more of the 'Helping Canada
move forward' theme than the previous ads," said Ken Key, director of
advertising. "These messages will
be complimented by some of the original ads which spoke of employee
pride and loyalty."
More than 150 English and French
radio stations coast-to-coast are
broadcasting the ads.
"Last year's radio ad campaign
was quite successful," said Mr. Key.
"We received considerable positive
feedback from the ad series. That's
one of the reasons we are continuing
with the more personal messages."
The ads again feature the special
song 'Steel Wheel' about CP Railway
men and women and the work they
For employees wishing to tune in
the 60-second spots, here are the
stations which are airing the ads
listed by province and city.
Montreal — CJAD, CFCF, CFQR,
CHOM-FM and CKGM in English
CKMF and CKOI-FM in French;
Quebec City— CHRC, CHOI-FM,
CJRP and CHIK-FM in French; Sher-
brooke — CHLT, CITE-FM and
CJRS in French.
Toronto — CFGM, CFRB, CHFI-
FM, CKEY and CHUM-FM; Hamilton — CHML, CKDS-FM and CKOC;
London — CFPL, CFPL-FM and
CJBX-FM; North Bay — CFCH and
CKAT-FM; Ottawa — CFMO-FM,
CFRA, CKOY and CKBY-FM in English and CJRC, CKCH and CIMF-
FM in French; Smiths Falls — CJET
and CKUE-FM; Sudbury — CHNO,
Thunder Bay — CJLB, CKPR and
Winnipeg — CKRC, CKWG-FM,
CJOB and CITI-FM; Brandon —
CKLQ, CKX and CKX-FM; Portage
La Prairie — CFRY; Altona,
Boissevain and Steinbach —
Regina — CKCK, CKRM, CFMQ-
FM, CJME and CIZL; Saskatoon —
CJWW, CFQC and CKOM; Moose
Jaw — CHAB; Prince Albert —
CKBI, CFMM-FM; Swift Current —
Battleford — CJNB and CJNS; Mel-
fort — CJVR; Rosetown — CKKR;
End of road: Locomotive Engineer
Donat Pigeon at Outremont, retires
with 42 years of service.
Honored: Victor Mandeville, a
machinist at Angus Shops, retires
with 44 years of service.
Weyburn — CFSL and CJSL; York-
ton — CJGX.
Calgary — CFAC, CFCN, CHQR,
CKXL, CHFM and CFR; Edmonton
CHED and CISN-FM; Lethbridge —
and CJEV; Lloydminster — CKSA;
Grand Prairie — CFGP and CJXX;
Medicine Hat — CHAT and CJCY;
Red Deer — CKGY, CKRD and
CFCR-FM; Brooks, Stettler and
Drumheller — CIBQ, CKSQ and
CKDQ; High River — CHRB.
Vancouver — CHQM, CHQM-
CFOX; Victoria — CFAX, CJVI,
CKDA and CFMS-FM; Cranbrook
— CKEK and CFEK; Kamloops —
CHNL, CFJC and CFFM-FM; Kelow-
na — CKIQ, CKOV and CHIM-FM;
Nanaimo — CHUB, CHPQ and
CKEG; Penticton — CIGV-FM,
CKSP; Trail —CJAT; Revelstoke —
Nelson — CKKC and CFKC.
Saint John — CFBC and CJYC-
FM; Fredericton — CFNB.
Kentville — CKEN, CFAB, CKAD
and CKDY.
A few last WOrdS: Gerard Bernier (left), an industrial clerk at Cote St.
Paul Yard, accepts best wishes from Deputy General Yardmaster Real
Fournier on the occasion of his retirement with 42 years service. Mr. Bernier
began service in 1942 as a call boy at Hochelaga Yard and worked in various
clerical positions at Place Viger, Outremont and St. Luc Yard.
Best of luck: Florent Grenier, a
machinist at Angus Shops, retires
with 42 years of service.
Pensioners take note
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Presentation: Mary Patricia (Pat) Moynihan was presented a silver tray
by R.R. Morin, regional manager, U.S. Eastern Region, on the occasion of
her retirement after 41 years of service. Miss Moynihan began her career in
1944 as a temporary stenographer-clerk. She was quickly made a permanent employee and over the years has handled all of the administrative and
customer service functions associated with the Philadelphia District. At the
time of her retirement, Miss Moynihan was office supervisor, regional office in
New York.
Centenarian began career
at Weston Shops in 1907
WINNIPEG — It was 1907 when
George Hibburt started to work at
Weston Shops in Winnipeg. He retired in 1949, and 35 years later took
up residence in a senior citizen's
100 years: Wants to party.
Fred Joplin
A.F. (Fred) Joplin, president and
chief executive officer, Canadian
Pacific (Bermuda) Ltd., has retired
after 37 years with Canadian Pacific.
Mr. Joplin joined the Canadian
Pacific Railway Co. in 1947 as a tran-
sitman on the Vancouver Division
and later served as relief roadmaster,
roadmaster and division engineer at
various locations in British Columbia.
He subsequently held many positions of responsibility throughout his
career, including those of vice-
president, marketing and sales, and
vice-president, operation and
maintenance, before acceding to the
top at Canadian Pacific (Bermuda).
During the Second World War Mr.
Joplin, a flight lieutenant in the
RCAF, saw service in the Atlantic
and Indian Oceans as a flying boat
captain. He later did a tour of duty as
a pilot in the Ferry Command.
home in Brandon —just a few weeks
before his 100th birthday.
Born and raised at Plumstead, England, he worked at the Royal Woolwich Arsenal there before coming to
Canada. After two years in the
machine shop at Weston, he said he
was able to impress his superiors
with his accuracy in fine work. As a
result, "they put me in the cab (of
locomotives) to work on the air brake
control valves."
He continued at that specialized
job for the next 40 years, retiring just
as the age of steam was approaching
an end. He never worked on diesels.
He moved to Vancouver when he
retired, and returned to Winnipeg 20
years ago, after his wife died, to live
with his niece and her husband, Mr.
and Mrs. Ted Pickering. He moved
with them to Brandon in 1972 when
Ted, now retired, was transferred
there as B and B master.
Hard of hearing, but free of aches
and pains, Mr. Hibburt has lived the
last 70 years with a single kidney.
Nevertheless, he had a prompt and
succinct response when asked four
days before the big day how he planned to celebrate his 100th birthday:
"Get drunk!"
He then glanced somewhat wistfully around his retirement home, and
added: "It's pretty hard to get a drink
around here."
In fact, his niece had planned a
reception for him on his birthday,
March 27, as well as a family dinner a
couple of days earlier.
Asked about what lay beyond his
birthday, the alert pensioner showed
how he is yielding to age and fighting
it at the same time. He said he was
looking forward to summer and being
able to sit outside in the sun, (pause),
"If I live that long."
Then, after another pause, he said
confidently: "I think I will."
Make a
Varied career: A.F. Joplin retires
after 37 years with Canadian Pacific.
t Canadian Pa* Prairie Region's
1984 orders
include gravel,
ballast and cable
(Cont'd from page 1)
and stockpile 600,000 tons (540,000
metric tons) of stone ballast. The
crushed rock will be used on the
railway's Sutherland subdivision;
• B.A. Construction Ltd., of Winnipeg has accepted a $3.1 million
contract to develop a quarry, and to
crush and stockpile 200,000 cubic
yards (153,000 cubic metres) of rock
to be used as ballast on the mainline
between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg;
• $352,800 to A.S.L. Paving Ltd.,
of Saskatoon to crush, screen and
stockpile 165,000 tons (148,500 metric tons) of gravel to be used on grain-
dependant branchlines on the Moose
Jaw subdivision;
• a $73,000 order for signal cable
from Canada Wire and Cable Inc., of
Winnipeg to be used on the Ignace
subdivision portion of the railway's
new $40 million centralized traffic
control system between Winnipeg
and Thunder Bay.
Canada Maritime: The Canada Line's entry in the 1984 Tall Ships race
is one of the world's fastest racing cutters.
Canada Line sponsors entry
in trans-Atlantic race
Canada Day
La Fete
du Canada
QUEBEC CITY — The youngest
skipper and crew in the 1984 Tall
Ships Race are sailing the 77-foot
(23-metre), Canada Line-sponsored
Canada Maritime — one of the
world's fastest racing cutters.
The Canada Line was established
in October 1983 when the North
Atlantic container line interests of CP
Ships and Compagnie Maritime
Beige were joined.
Skipper of the Canada Maritime is
24-year-old Paul Bishop, the
1, CP Rail uses some of these to
turn on lights: others to turn off
5. This Germanic name's a palindrome.
9. A song of praise.
10. This complaint usually carries
with it a low rumble.
11. These are the places everyone is
13. Excitement's often at its height by
this end of a curling game (anagram).
14. Emotional injury often caused by
a shock.
17. As they move in opposite directions they walk face to face.
20. World famous wireless pioneer.
21. Into most lives some wickedness
or misfortune will fall (anagram).
22. This herb smells good, sounds
23. Oxide of magnesium that settles
1. From maple trees you can boil
these down to make syrup.
2. Cold, floating terror of the shipping lanes.
3. A strong one of these is good for a
person as well as a country.
4. Great motivator for a CP Rail
6. Said the Scot, "Ye dinna joke
aboot ma kilt, laddie" (anagram).
7. Destinations reached by CP Air or
CP Ships but not by CP Rail.
Warm, friendly greetings.
These small boys are usually dirty, often mischievous.
Russian three-horsepower
18. Get those sails down.
19. The largest continent.
next issue
youngest master ever to be in charge
of an entry in a trans-Atlantic Tall
Ships Race. The 17-person crew
ranges in age from 16 to 24 years.
The route of the race takes competitors from St. Malo and Las Pal-
mas to Brest and then to Halifax,
Gaspe and Quebec City, retracing
the route of Jacques Cartier who discovered the St. Lawrence in 1534. By
June 25 almost 100 tall ships and
yachts are scheduled to arrive at
Quebec City.
Ottawa's Bytown
Railway Society
publishes 1984
Trackside Guide
OTTAWA — The 1984 edition of
the Trackside Guide has been published by the Bytown Railway Society
The Guide, popular with professional railwaymen as well as rail buffs
gives a complete listing of the motive
power on all Canadian main line,
short line and industrial railways.
An added feature in this year's edition is a comprehensive listing of all
rail transit rolling stock as well as the
complete Via Rail Canada passenger equipment roster.
Copies of the 1984 Trackside
Guide are available from: The
Bytown Railway Society, Inc.,
Dept. 'O', P.O. Box 141, Station 'A',
Ottawa, Ont., K1N8V1.
I Remember
by Herbert Stilt
By Herbert Stitt
McBain Publications Inc.
70 Otonabee Drive, Kitchener, Ont, N2C 1L6
Paperback, $4.95
When Herbert Stitt worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway, you could
always tell a locomotive foreman was lurking around by the 'Christie Hat'
the boss wore. Passenger trains of the time featured barber shops and
nursery cars and a mixed train was defined as a consist having both
passenger and freight equipment.
Railwaymen had curious nicknames like Profanity Bill, Banjo Eyes Bar-
tello and Rain In The Face Stinson, and fourteen cents an hour for a
gruelling 13-hour work day was an honest starting wage when Mr. Stitt
hired-on as a wiper in 1905.
I Remember is Mr. Stitt's premier book, a personal account about an
eight-year-old son of an Irish music teacher who longed to be at the
controls of a steam-powered locomotive.
With remarkable detail and honest emotion, the retired locomotive engineer recalls his 47 years of railroading — the tragedies, the good times
and the unquestionable loyalty among train crews.
The book traces a period of Canadian history when the family unit was a
close-knit one, social values were high and life moved at an easy pace
despite the hardships of poverty and war.
Herbert Stitt truly loved railroading and looks back on his life with
fondness. Still today he will pause in front of the house on Pears Avenue in
Toronto where he and his five brothers, a sister and his mother joined their
dad after an anxious ocean voyage from Belfast.
Sprinkled with humorous anecdotes, I Remember will cause even the
more crusty of railwaymen to chuckle.
Mr. Stitt wrote this 103-page paperback entirely in his own hand at the
age of 86. His view of railway life will make a fine compliment to anyjj
fan's library.
Toketic, B.C., siding extension
awarded Emil Anderson Construction Co. Ltd., of Hope, B.C., the con-
Last issue's
tract to extend its rail siding at Toketic, about nine miles (14.5 kilometres)
east of Spences Bridge.
Approximately $550,000 will be
spent to increase the length of the
existing siding by 2,100 feet (195
metres) to a total of 9,230 feet (857
metres). This will permit the siding to
be used as a passing track, enabling
the railway to accommodate longer
trains and thus improve rail traffic
flow in the area.
Construction will begin with the
contractor's crew excavating more
than 83,000 cubic yards (63,495
cubic metres) of earth, extending a
concrete culvert for drainage and
preparing subgrade. CP Rail's own
track forces will then install ballast,
crossties and 132 pound rail. Existing
Centralized Traffic Control (CTC)
signals will be relocated.
Time and space were practically eliminated between Toronto and Winnipeg recently when a
ten-word message reached the
Queen City over Canadian Pacific Lines in exactly one minute
from Winnipeg, a distance of
1,227 miles, the words zipping
along the wires at a speed of a
hundred miles a second. The
message was filed at 10.57 a.m.
in Winnipeg, and it was in the
hands of the addressee in Toronto at 10.58 a.m. It happens quite
frequently that answers to such
telegrams are sent back so
quickly that transactions, which
sometimes involve large sums of
money, are completed within
two minutes.
Canadian Pacific Staff Bulletin,
number 1, June, 1934.


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