Austin F. Cross Talks On Trains Published 7 February 1945Some interesting things about trains were told last night at Glebe United church by Austin F. Cross Citizen writer and Geography Teacher, who spoke to the Men's Association. His topic was "My Time Tables are My Best Friends He implied that the time tables gave him new ideas about travel, suggested different places to go. He thought that if more people learned to read time tables, and found out what you could do by train, in a very short time, there would be more railroad fans.
As to individual trips, he said the best scenic value by rail he knew of was the Double Spiral Tunnels in the Canadian Rockies. Fastest scheduled time ever made regularly in Canada was when the Canadian Pacific's Royal York used to run between Smiths Falls and Montreal West at an average speed of 68.8 miles per hour. Fastest scheduled time on this Continent was the Super Chief between La Junta, Colorado, and Dodge City, Kansas, an average of 80 miles an hour.
Highest he had ever been on a regular railway was at Marshall Pass, where the Denver and Rio Grande Western climbs to 10,868 feet, or more than two miles. The Southern Pacific, by contrast, runs below sea level, at Indio, California.
Mr. Cross also spoke of interesting sea voyages, bus trips, and plane rides.
Arthur H. White presided, and introduced the speaker. R. J. C. Stead thanked him.