Passenger Trains (2 of 12)
Passenger and freight service began on the Crowsnest Route before the railway was completed to Kootenay Landing. Informally, passenger service was provided even during the construction of the line but it was irregular and not intended to offer many comforts for the traveller. However, passenger trains began running through to Cranbrook from Macleod on a three times a week schedule early in September 1898.
After the formal opening excursion from the West Kootenay district on December 7, 1898 , passenger service from the east through to Nelson was put into effect. Initially, trains ran three times a week but in June 1899 the service was increased to daily. The arrival of the first daily passenger train in Cranbrook was duly reported by The Cranbrook Herald.