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Northern Alberta Railways, Proposed Routes to Vancouver and Prince Rupert Via The Monkman Pass

For assumed initial trafficFor Assumed maximum traffic
New Construction Via CNR to Prince Rupert188 miles1,010 miles
New Construction Via CNR to Vancouver 198 1,020
New Construction Via PGER to Vancouver 310 1,132
Capital Investment Via CNR to Prince Rupert $16,092,000$83,117,500
Capital Investment Via PGER to Vancouver$21,692, 000$90,081,250
Gradients Against Outbound Traffic to Vancouver or Prince Rupert Via CNR0.75 percent0.75 percent
Gradients Against Outbound Traffic Via PGER and CNR1.00 percent1.00 percent
Average Distance Traffic is Hauled to Prince Rupert 811 miles873 miles
Average Distance Traffic is Hauled to Vancouver (Via CNR)915 miles977 miles
Average Distance Traffic is Hauled to Prince Rupert (Via PGER)864 miles926 miles
Net Outgoing Tonnage to Vancouver or Prince Rupert150,000 tons1,860,000 tons
Note. 1: The Monkman Pass by its location elevation, etc. is decidedly a better route than those by either the Wapiti or Pine passes, as it is much more direct is lower and will permit of lighter gradients against the traffic than either of these two other passes.
Note. 2: The Wapiti Pass is some 30 miles southeast of the Monkman Pass. It is approximately 900 feet higher and a line would be some 20 miles longer without any advantage in gradients or construction costs as compared with the Monkman Pass for which reason it has nothing to recommend it as an alternative to the latter route.
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Source:Report on various proposed railway routes for a western outlet to the Pacific from the Peace River district by a joint board of engineers of the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways, Ottawa, 1929. NAC (PAC) RG 43, Vol. 686, No. 21, 824.