Connaught Tunnel

CONNAUGHT TUNNEL is an 8-km railway tunnel beneath ROGERS PASS. From the time the CPR laid its main line over the pass in 1885, AVALANCHES were a constant problem. The worst accident occurred in 1910 when 62 CPR employees on a plow train were buried—the most railway-related fatalities in a single accident in BC history. The company responded by boring the tunnel, then the longest in N America. The new tunnel also increased the capacity of the railway through the mountains. Named for the gov...

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