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Rogers Pass Progress Report

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Library and Archives Canada: 16mm, beta SP.
"Detailed progress report on the Rogers Pass project, a CP Rail project begun in 1984 and scheduled for completion in 1987, to reduce the main grade through Rogers Pass. CP expects that reducing the grade wil increase the capacity of the rail line to at least 24 westbound freight trains per day. Narrator Steve Morris tours the project site and describes project's four main features: a new surface route; a new short tunnel; a new long tunnel and a tunnel ventilation system. The project will eliminate the need for the pusher station where CP adds extra locomotives to long freight trains to pull them up the steep grade. Other new features include using concrete ties instead of wooden ties, a concrete road bed for use in tunnels, and the construction of culverts along creeks. Since the construction project is taking place mostly within the boundary of Glacier National Park, CP Rail is hydroseeding terrain to prevent erosion and restore the natural environment. Planting trees and shrubs is part of this restoration process. Construction is being monitored and regulated by Parks Canada within the confines of Glacier National Park. The video shows work being done at various locations along the surface route, including the Mountain Creek Bridge, building a noise berm near the Muontain Creek campground, a culvert over Cedar Creek, Gully Bridge, the construction of a retaining wall and moving muck from the Shaughnessy and Mount Macdonald Tunnels. It also details work that is starting to get underway to dig the two tunnels, showing the interior of the Macdonald Tunnel, the East Portal, the West Portal and animation depicting how the ventilation shaft will vent harmful gases out of the tunnel. The narrator gives a recap of the four main features of the Rogers Pass project."