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Published on Sep 10, 2012
Rogers Pass in British Columbia is located in Glacier National Park, between Golden and Revelstoke. It is named after Major AB Rogers, who discovered a way in 1881 for the Canadian Pacific Railway to run their east-west mainline through the Selkirk Mountains to Port Moody (Vancouver). The first train went through in 1885. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogers_P...)
At 1,330 m or 4,360 ft, Rogers Pass gets well over 8 ft or about 3 metres per year and is extremely prone to avalanches. A major avalanche on March 5, 1910 which killed 62 men clearing a railroad line, the CPR then built a series of snow sheds; improved over the years from all-wood to concrete.
Avalanche snow over the sheds falls into the Illecillewaet River and the glacial melt can be seen in in its greenish water. As a matter of fact in May, snow hadn't completely melted trackside when this video was shot in May 2009, from the rear platform of the Rocky Mountaineer train. Watch some person briefly touching the snow at 33:75
Visible in the first sequence is the Trans-Canada Highway to the left, which has its own set of much newer snow sheds which, like those of the CPR, also double as avalanche rock sheds.
In this 2 and a half minute video we will be going through a series of snow sheds in daylight (actually all), something that is no longer possible since VIA passenger service through the area ended in 1990.
CPR operates nothing now but heavy freights through Rogers Pass on extremely heavy rail but it still accommodates the Rocky Mountaineer daylight-only runs in the summer and extremely rare fan specials.