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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Crossing Canada by Railway

The image on the front of this postcard shows the Transcontinental Limited train on the Canadian National mainline at Lucerne, British Columbia.
Lucerne sits 1,158 meters (3,800 feet) above sea level in the Canadian Rockies. It is west of Jasper, Alberta near the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson.

I searched the internet to see what I could find about the Transcontinental Limited train, and all I could find was that it was replaced on April 24, 1955, by Canadian National's new transcontinental flagship Super Continental. It mentions that this was the same date that competitor Canadian Pacific Railway introduced its new streamlined transcontinental train The Canadian.

Gowen & Sutton, the name on the back of the post card, were publishers of
real photo and printed postcards of the Canadian West. Not only did they produce cards depicting large cities, they captured many hard to reach views within the Canadian Territories. Many of their cards were hand tinted in a simple manner striving for style rather than realism, which created cards in vastly differing quality. While the real photo cards were made in Canada their printed cards were made in England. They were in business from 1921 to 1960 in Vancouver.

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