MBC 1887 T:ANE


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Canadian Pacific Railway’s 

Mountain Subdivision: 

Field to Revelstoke British Columbia, Canada



November 16, 2016

August 20, 2018


Fuel Run MBC1887 15 Nov 2016


When the Canadian Pacific Railway's transcontinental line was completed in 1885 the railroad operated predominantly 4-4-0 steam locomotives. During the 1880s they owned over 400 of them, which they fueled with cordwood. They immediately realized that these locomotives were not sufficiently powered to pull trains up the steep grades in the mountain or to slow them down on the decent. To add motive power in the mountains the railroad acquired 2-8-0s notably  #312, #313, #314, and #315, which were assigned to the 4.5% grade of the Big Hill east of Field. They also began to switch over to coal but pictures seem to indicate that for some time they continued to use cordwood that was in plentiful supply, at least for the 4-4-0s. 


In this session, 2-8-0 #313 loads cordwood onto 8 flatcars at Golden for distribution to point along the line to the east. At Field #313 is replaced with #314, and #315 is added to the rear of the consist, to power the train up the Big Hill and brake on the way back down. To prevent meets on the Big Hill permission to ascent is granted by the passing of a baton from the station agent at Field to the locomotive engineer. 


Upon reaching Stephen and unloading the last carload of cordwood, the locomotives are turned on the wye, loaded with lumber from the local sawmill and train returns to Field. A stop is made at Hector for a brake test and to receive the baton from the station agent thus giving permission to descend the Big Hill. Care must be taken to signal (two whistles) the attendants at the safety sidings so that they know the train is under control and it is safe to through the junction to permit continued descent. 


At speed, the session takes approximately 10 hours to complete. Progress is slow due to the steep grades up the Kicking Horse River valley, but more so because the track is as yet poorly ballasted. Desperate to complete construction and thereby avoid bankruptcy, the Canadian Pacific Railway initially laid down only minimal ballast. Also, the hurriedly constructed wooden bridges and trestles, particularly the larger ones, could only be crossed at slow speeds.


This is my first attempt at creating a session in T:ANE. I have kept it simple (e.g., no oncoming traffic) because it is intended to provide an introduction to the route. As my abilities in programing session advances hopefully more intricate session will follow.  For these, the lack of signaling in the 1880s will present a challenge. Trains got their orders from the station agents who were in contact with each other via telegraph. For added protection on the Big Hill the lead engineer carried a baton that on the ascent he picked up at Field and dropped off at Hector, and on the descent the reverse. 


The only issue I am aware of with this session is some difficulty in uncoupling the locomotives at Stephen. This seems to be a bug in T:ANE SP1 HF4 Mac version 84219. However, it can be overcome with some persistence. Try uncoupling #315 first and switch between engineers (Brian #314 and Charlie #315). I've always had a problem but have always overcome it with persistence.


Another noticeable and known bug in T:ANE SP1 HF4 Mac version 84219 is the lack of text on re-namable signs. Re-namable signs are used for both locations signage and speed signage. For the moment I have elected to leave this as is hoping that it too will be fixed in a future release of T:ANE.






Download Fuel Run MBC1887 2 Jun 2018 kuid:431633:102394

    Parent route: MBC1887 9 Dec 2016 kuid :431633:101867


    Turnouts have been unlocked so you can avoid running into the 

    safety sidings when descending the Big Hill.


    Nothing to unload at Field. The station agents give you the baton. 

    You don’t actually have to figure out how to get it.