MP-0000.158.120 | Connaught Tunnel, Glacier, BC, about 1923

 
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Photograph, glass lantern slide
Connaught Tunnel, Glacier, BC, about 1923
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1923, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
MP-0000.158.120
© McCord Museum
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"Connaught Tunnel, Glacier: From Golden we rise, following the Columbia River, to Glacier at the Summit of the Selkirk Range. Formerly the railway crossed the Selkirks by the Rogers Pass; but now it utilizes the Connaught Tunnel, opened to traffic in December, 1916. This wonderful tunnel is one of the longest railway tunnels in America, and is five miles long. It pierces Mount Macdonald, and not only lowers the summit attained by the railroad by 552 feet, but also eliminates track curvature to an amount corresponding to seven complete circles. Mount Macdonald (9,482 feet) is seen in this picture."

Excerpt from "ACROSS CANADA BY C. P. R.", Section 5--The Canadian Rockies; booklet, McGill University Illustrated Lectures, 1928.