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Gravity, Steam, and Steel: An Illustrated Railway History of Rogers Pass
Graeme Pole
Fitzhenry and Whiteside
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Gravity, Steam, and Steel

An Illustrated Railway History of Rogers Pass

By Graeme Pole.

Softcover, 6x9", 128 pages, 80 b/w photos. 2009.

BC Historical Federation Writing Awards 2009 Honourable Mention: Canadian Rockies Award shortlist, 2009

"Steep grades, extreme climate, avalanche hazard, tunnels, trestles, and bridges-all in a wilderness setting-Rogers Pass packs a great deal of railway interest into 65 miles of track. Using 80 archival photographs, many previously unpublished, Gravity, Steam, and Steel: An Illustrated Railway History of Rogers Pass tells the stories of railway triumphs and tragedies on one of the most notorious sections of track in the world. For almost 125 years, CP Rail has battled the elements at Rogers Pass, spending hundreds of millions of dollars while creating solutions new to railroading.

"Rogers Pass is a major focus in Glacier National Park (the park visitor centre is there) and the photographic material available from this area is incredibly diverse and interesting. Train buffs and locals will welcome this book. It will also be of interest the visiting public, many of whom want to broaden a casual interest in Canadian history.

"Mountaineer, photographer, and award-winning writer, Graeme Pole, has ascended 250 peaks in the Canadian Rockies – some greater, mostly lesser. He spent twelve years at Field, BC, and three before that at Lake Louise. His favourite haunts are the front ranges of Banff and Jasper. In his writing and in his mountain travels, Graeme has consistently advocated self-propelled travel, and has spoken out against the incremental urbanization and commercialization of landscapes."