|January 1912||Canadian Engineer||Page 147, col. 1|
Railroad construction this year.
While about 2,000 miles of new railroad were built in Canada last year, the outlook for the present year is that as much if not more mileage will be added to the total. At the end of 1910, we had 24,730 miles. Last year the figures increased to approximately 26,500.
Sir Thomas Shaughnessy states that his road will probably build between 500 and 600 miles of new track this year and for an indefinite period. The main line from Medicine Hat westward for 534 miles is to be double tracked.
The contemplated construction on the Grand Trunk Pacific during 1912 is as follows:—
Miles. Main line 200 Brandon branches 16 Canora North 30 Regina boundary 155 Regina-Moose Jaw 45 Prince Albert 44 Battleford 48 Cut Knife 50 Biggar-Calgary 200 Alberta Coal 50 Mountain Park Coal 32 Melville to Watrous 75 Weyburn 60 Calgary to Coutts 50
The contract for five million dollars' worth of construction work in British Columbia for the Canadian Northern Railway was awarded to one firm who state that there is probably more railroad building going on in British Columbia than in any other part of the Dominion or the United States. They will begin active construction work on the new contract next spring. The plans call for 100 miles of road beginning about 50 miles above Kamloops, up north along the Thompson River Valley. When that is finished the Transcontinental chain of the Canadian Northern Railway will be practically completed.
Construction will commence on the Canadian Northern line from Toronto to Hamilton next spring.
The Canadian Pacific Railway is asking for parliament authority to construct new lines in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Canadian Northern are seeking powers to build lines in the Peace River District, Alberta.
A large number of new railroad schemes are in thecharterstage.
Railways: C.No.Ry., C.P.Ry., G.T.P.Ry.