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The A-B-A consist with VIA 1423 leading has just entered the Lower Spiral Tunnel (2922-feet in length) as VIA # 1 The Canadian continues to descend "The Hill" toward Field. After sitting in the dome car through the Upper Spiral Tunnel I took the opportunity and relocated into the vestibule, opening the top half of the Dutch door to get this photo and a few more during the remainder of the descent into Field. The Spiral Tunnels, which opened to traffic in 1909 reduced the heavy and somewhat dangerous grade from 4.5% to 2.2%.
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Caption: The A-B-A consist with VIA 1423 leading has just entered the Lower Spiral Tunnel (2922-feet in length) as VIA # 1 The Canadian continues to descend "The Hill" toward Field. After sitting in the dome car through the Upper Spiral Tunnel I took the opportunity and relocated into the vestibule, opening the top half of the Dutch door to get this photo and a few more during the remainder of the descent into Field. The Spiral Tunnels, which opened to traffic in 1909 reduced the heavy and somewhat dangerous grade from 4.5% to 2.2%.

Photographer:
Terry O'Shell [33] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/xx/1983 (search)
Railway: VIA Rail (search)
Reporting Marks: Not Provided
Train Symbol: VIA #1 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Laggan Sub. Mile 131.0 (search)
City/Town: Field (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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3 Comments
  1. How did you open the door without getting in trouble?? Bruce

  2. Wonderful view. Those were the days, riding in the vestibule with the top doors open!!

  3. Yes, those were great times. I can’t say I ever got into trouble for opening a door, if the Conductor or Trainman happened to walk between cars you might get a “hey boys you know your not allowed here” or “don’t forget to close it up when your done” if they knew you. Some were definitely more by the book about.

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