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Stephen Siding is just east of the summit of the Kicking Horse Pass.

Approaching from the east the double tract has two elevations

(as seen the this video of a west-bound container train). The variable elevation

is the result of the introduction of a grade reduction on the new line when this

section of track was doubled.

On MBC 2010 the upper track end in the eastern portal “Toronto” while the

lower track end in the eastern portal “Calgary”.

Stephen siding is traversed at its eastern end by the Trans-Canada Highway. From

this vantage point on Google maps, a west-bound container train can be seen

entering the siding. The siding passes by the Alberta/British Columbia boarder,

which follows the Continental Divide the highest point of land running north

south in North American. The siding then passes “through” a somewhat swampy

piece of land known as Summit Lake (not to be confused with Summit Lake on

the Alaskan Highway in northern British Columbia). The siding ends just before

Sink Lake.

 

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Approaching from the east

 

Grade separation

 

Trans Canada Highway