The CPR was originally built between Eastern Canada and British Columbia between 1881 and 1885; connecting with Ottawa Valley and Georgian Bay area lines, it fulfilled a promise extended to British Columbia when it entered confederation in 1871. It was Canada's first transcontinental railway, but currently, does not reach the Atlantic coast. Primarily a freight railway, the CPR was for decades the only practical means of long-distance passenger transport in most regions of Canada, and was instrumental in the settlement and development of Western Canada. Listening in the winter solitude, I heard the train getting closer in the silence of the mountains, waiting patiently for its arrival, I took this photo, coming round the bend.... Available as 8 x 11 or 11 x 17 b & w photograph on Hahnemuhle Museum Etching Fine Art Inkjet Paper, and each photograph is personally approved and hand-signed by me, the artist, dr. ralph goldman.