I’m looking for a group of useful Canadian train passengers who volunteered to remove large rocks from the railroad tracks in 1978.
It was late October of that year.
The Canadian Pacific Railway passenger train had just left the town of Golden, British Columbia.
Upon entering the Kicking Horse Canyon, a railroad patrolman warned the conductor that a large rock was blocking the track.
John Cowan was the coach’s trainer and he explained who came to save the day.
“11 male passengers and this strong farm girl from Saskatchewan all volunteered to help move the rocks. They got off the train and covered it in the snow, and these Paid passengers helped us get this huge rock out of orbit. “
After about 20 minutes of heaving in the bar, the rocks were removed from the tracks and the train passed through the Rocky Mountains.
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Cowan happened to be an avid photographer and recorded this rocky encounter in his collection of photographs.
He was able to collect contact information for the crew moving the rocks and email them a photo after they all arrived at their destination.
Cowan recently published a book containing photos of his 35-year career traveling the Canadian rail system using CP.
Unfortunately for him, he lost all the contact information for this kind passenger group.
Now he is on a mission to track them down and let them know that their unusual story made it in his book.
Cowan hopes that by looking more closely at this story, he may end up in front of someone who was there that day or had heard through a friend.
“I have good reason to believe that the people in this group are still around, and I know they are tickled pink to know they are included in this book.” ..
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Former CP Rail conductors are looking for passengers from 1978 who came when needed
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