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  • Canadian Pacific to the East. The International of Maine Division (Lavallee)

While the driving of the last spike in the CPR's transcontinental railway on November 7, 1885 in Eagle Pass, British Columbia, marked the completion of the line of railway between Montreal and the Pacific coast, it fell somewhat short of making the Canadian Pacific a railway from ocean to ocean in the literal sense. Clearly, it was in the railway's interest not only to gain access to an Atlantic coast port, but also to provide a shorter route for passengers and freight moving between central Canada and the maritime provinces. That route was found across the State of Maine, and the last rail which made the Canadian Pacific truly a railway from ocean to ocean, was laid December 10, 1888 at Packard Brook, twelve miles east of Brownville Junction, Maine.   The International Railway Company of Maine is almost unknown even among those most familiar with railways. The term "International of Maine" was intended by the author to refer to the incorporated company. Although the book is substantially devoted to operations in the State of Maine, it is not exclusively so, as it also covers history and operations of the line in adjacent Quebec and New Brunswick to complete an understanding of what came to be known as the CPR's major "Short Line".  The term "Short Line" was used by CP to identify a route which was shorter than some other route. In this case it was to signify that the CPR route was shorter than the Intercolonial Railway route to the Maritimes. he story of the Short Line has been brought up-to-date to 1995, when the CPR finally dispossessed itself of the International of Maine, and from there on to 2005. There are 356 photographs (with a colour section) and 24 maps. 2007 Bytown Railway Society. Hardcover with dw. VG, corners bumped. Very scarce and out of print. 336pp. 6O-KMCG-8T16

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Canadian Pacific to the East. The International of Maine Division (Lavallee)

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