Hundman Publishing
Route of the Cariboo PGE/BC Rail -- Hardcover, 256 Pages

Hundman Publishing
Route of the Cariboo PGE/BC Rail -- Hardcover, 256 Pages

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  • Walthers Part # 65-395
    p. 902 2020 HO Scale Reference Book p. 903 2019 HO Scale Reference Book

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Route of the Cariboo presents railroading in one of North America's most scenic and rugged regions. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway was incorporated in 1912 to serve a sparsely populated wilderness whose natural resources were expected to sustain train traffic. For many years afterwards, the line operated at a loss and was several times threatened with abandonment, its two disconnected segments taken over by the provincial government and its initials PGE jokingly said to mean the "Province's Great Elephant."
 
The modern BC Rail system at the time this book was first published covered over 1,200 miles and barely resembled the old PGE operation, although the fantastic scenery was still there. Tourists came from around the world to enjoy it, travelling on BC Rail's efficient Rail Diesel Cars or aboard the summertime Royal Hudson Steam Train which offered the continent's last regularly scheduled mainline steam-powered passenger service.
 
This first fully-illustrated history of the PGE and BC Rail includes nearly 400 photographs and illustrations, including 64 pages in full color, showing the trains, stations, people and tracks that make up this fascinating railway. The informative text includes numerous entertaining first-hand accounts and anecdotes, plus maps and equipment rosters.