VIEW-3261 | C.P.R. train "Imperial Limited", about 1890

C.P.R. train "Imperial Limited", about 1890
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1890, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Photograph (77678) , rail (370) , Train (185) , Transportation (2517)
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There is something about steam locomotives that makes people nostalgic, even those not old enough to remember when they were used all over Canada. The Imperial Limited was the CPR's luxury express train, running non-stop between Montreal and Vancouver. A great many different kinds of engines were used on the CPR over the years, steam giving way to diesel engines in the 1950s. Visitors to Vancouver can still enjoy a trip on the Royal Hudson, an excursion train pulled by a 1940 CPR steam locomotive.

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

  • What

    This is the CPR train called the Imperial Limited.

  • Where

    The train carried passengers at high speed between Montreal and Vancouver.

  • When

    The picture dates from about 1890.

  • Who

    The engineers who drove these express trains held envied jobs. For many young boys, it was the 1890s equivalent of being an astronaut.