Grand Trunk Pacific History

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  • Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad (GTPR) was Incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1903 as a wholly owned Subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railroad of Canada.
  • For the construction of the GTPR there was the Eastern Division and the Western Division, with the Divisional Point being Winnipeg MB
  • In the Western Division, they had the:
    • Prairie Section: from Winnipeg MB, via Edmonton AB, to Wolf Creek, Alberta, abt. 916 miles.
    • Mountain Section, from Wolf Creek AB to Prince Rupert BC, abt. 840 miles.
  • Railroad passed through 1 summit of 3,712 ft
  • A Subsidiary Company incorporated in 1906, The Grand Trunk Pacific Branch Lines Company, handled all the branch lines along the line.
  • The First Sod was turned at Sandhill Manitoba, Aug 28, 1905 for the building of the GTPR
  • At a point a mile and half east of Nechako River Crossing, BC shortly before 2 pm, Apr 7, 1914 the final rails were laid
  • The First GTP Train from Winnipeg arrived at 1:15 pm, April 9, 1914.
  • Sept 6, 1914- Regular Passenger Service was started between Prince Rupert and Winnipeg.

Contractors that built the railroad Foley, Welch and Stewart



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