Some Contemporary Views Related to the Construction of the Crowsnest Railway Route
All photos © Robert D. Turner
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The marsh lands at the southern end of Kootenay Lake forced the railway to build extensive systems of trestles to reach Kootenay Landing.
   
Wetlands near Creston along the Crowsnest Route. These extensive marches and river valley lands were seen as prime agricultural land once they were diked and drained but they were also key water fowl habitat. For the railway, they were a major barrier that required trestles and lengthy fills to cross.
   
Building the right-of-way along the steep slopes of the shore of Moyie Lake was a difficult and costly section of construction. The route is still in use and is a spectacular section of the Crowsnest Route. Moyie Lake was called the Lucerne of the west in early advertising.
   
Eastbound empty potash train along Moyie Lake in August, 1998.
   
Construction engine used in building the railway between Kootenay Landing and Procter, now at the Creston Museum.

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