Canadian Pacific Railroad

1915

Cyanotype transcontinental elevation profile for Canadian Pacific Railroad

Profile of Canadian Pacific Railroad Main Line Montreal to Vancouver

DESCRIPTION: Fascinating cyanotype, or blueprint, transcontinental elevation profile for the Canadian Pacific Railroad (CPR) ca. 1915. Shows the elevation of the CPR line stretching Montreal (bottom right) to Vancouver, Canada (top left). At a horizontal scale of 1" = 30 miles and vertical scale of 1" = 1000 feet the chart clearly represents the vast distance across Canada as well as the challenges imposed by the Rocky Mountains and the Selkirk Mountain Range.

Date was obtained by analysis of the profile at Rogers Pass on the Selkirk Range where a tunnel is shown under construction. The tunnel at that point fits the Connaught Tunnel which was built to replace the route over Roger's Pass. The Connaught Tunnel is known to have been under construction from April 2, 1914 until December 16, 1916 when it began operational service.

CREATOR: Canadian Pacific Railroad

PUBLICATION DATE: 1915

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Canada

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Good.  Cut close to the neatline. Solid paper with some small chips and a minor tear repaired archivally from the verso. Vertical folds.

COLORING: Blue.

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 48 " x 13 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 62

PRICE: $450


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