N-0000.25.1060 | Construction of snow shed on the C.P.R., Glacier Park, BC, 1887, copied ca.1902

 
Photograph, glass lantern slide
Construction of snow shed on the C.P.R., Glacier Park, BC, 1887, copied ca.1902
William McFarlane Notman
About 1902, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 8 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
N-0000.25.1060
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

These structures with their massive timbers were designed to keep avalanches off the CPR track. They did spoil the view of Glacier Park, however, so the CPR built a second track outside the sheds for summer use. Snow sheds used huge amounts of wood and were very expensive to build, but they were cheaper than tunnels and saved many lives. Some of the original sheds can still be seen in Rogers Pass. Modern snow sheds along the Trans-Canada Highway in the region are made of concrete and steel.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    This is a snow shed over the CPR tracks. Snow sheds made travelling through the Rockies much safer.

  • Where

    This snow shed is in Glacier Park, near Revelstoke, BC.

  • When

    Snow sheds were built along with the railway in 1885 to prevent avalanches blocking the tracks.

  • Who

    In January 2003, 14 skiers were killed near here in two separate incidents. It truly is dangerous country.