Passenger Trains (1 of 12)


At Cranbrook Station
CPR Passenger Train at Cranbrook Station, before 1905.

Railway passenger service on the Crowsnest Route was provided from late in 1898 until early in 1964. Many changes occurred over those decades and the entire region evolved from one almost completely dependent on the railway for travel and commerce to one where the railway was only important because of its key role as part of the major industries in the area.

In the late 1890s and early 1900s, roads were primitive and private automobiles were little more than promising curiosities. The only effective and comfortable means of traveling any distance was by train. People depended on the trains for nearly all travel and also for the shipment of packages, personal goods and merchandise. All of the mail was also moved by train. People depended on the trains or the connecting steam vessels for many aspects of their every day lives.


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