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From the prairies, the ascent of the Rocky Mountains from the east up the Bow River Valley was relatively gentle until just west of Laggan (present-day Lake Louise) where the railway turned to follow Bath Creek and climb 300 feet (91 m) to the summit of the Kicking Horse Pass.

Climbing the Laggan Hill westbound to the Kicking Horse Pass ~1887.

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The original grade of 1.8 % proved costly for CPR to operate. Between 1978 and 1981, the CPR constructed a second track known as the “North Track” using bridges, cuts, and fills to spread out the ascent evenly and reduce the grade to 1.0 %.

As eastbound trains are often empty they follow the steeper, original grade, known as the South Track, while the generally loaded westbound trains use the parallel North Track.

Laggan Hill's 1.8% grade.

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September 2, 2016

October 2, 2017

Laggan Hill