The Canadian Pacific's Crowsnest Route is a busy, active railway with trains running at all hours of the day and night. Do not trespass on railway property and always be careful near any trains or level crossing. Trespassing on bridges, in tunnels and around yards is especially dangerous and is not allowed. Modern locomotives can be very quiet and can approach suddenly and without any warning. Freight cars can move unexpectedly.

The Crowsnest Railway Route of the late 1990s and early 2000s is a far different railway from the one built over a century ago. So too are the communities, and the industries that supported them, all along the railway. Throughout the website, in nearly all sections, there are many recent photographs of the railway from the 1970s through the 1990s and more are included here. However, this route has had a resurgence of importance and an increase in traffic due to strategic connections to the Union Pacific Railway lines in the United States. Union Pacific and Canadian Pacific share locomotives and crews.

Click on these sections particularly for contemporary railway information and photos:
•The Crow Route Today
Engineering Highlights
Cranbrook, Nelson and the Railway
Stations along the Crowsnest
Coal's Revival and the Unit Trains
Crowsnest Diesels
Kootenay Landing Today, and Rail Operations in Kimberley
Heritage Sites

Be sure to check the Heritage Sites section for photographs and information on many important sites and organizations preserving the history of the Crowsnest Route.

The Crowsnest Pass Railway Route