Old CPR Timetable Brings Back Memories, Published 27 December 1958Right out of the past is a de luxe Canadian Pacific timetable dated October 24, 1894. The president was Sir William Van Horne, the vice-president, T. G. Shaughnessy. These were two brilliantly inspired Americans who made the CPR click.
This de luxe folder gives Ottawa's population as 48,000, and Winnipeg's as 35.500. Regina could boast of 2,200 people, while Calgary, "the handsomest place between Brandon and Vancouver" checked in with 4.500. Vancouver, with its greatness still a quarter century ahead, boasted of a full 20,000. But in those days, its older rival Victoria, had an identical 20,000.
Quaint is the word for this ancient timetable, its strange names and long - disappeared stations; e.g., Central Ontario Junction, Rat Portage, Laggan, Glacier House, and other names only older railway fans will know and appreciate. This timetable is the property of E. I. Bell, city ticket agent for the Canadian Pacific. He should guard this museum piece