The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), formerly also known as CP Rail is the Transcontinental railroad for Canada. Between 1881 and 1885, the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) completed a line that spanned from the port of Montreal to the Pacific coast, fulfilling a condition of British Columbia's 1871 entry into the Canadian Confederation. The city of Vancouver, incorporated in 1886, was designated the western terminus of the line. The CPR became the first transcontinental railway company in North America in 1889 after its International Railway of Maine opened, connecting CPR to the Atlantic coast.
Canadian Pacific Railway in Southern Victory
The Canadian Pacific Railway was constructed to unite Canada in the east with the west. Many in the United States looked upon the railroad with suspicion. They saw the railroad as Britain’s method of shipping troops across the frontier to places where they might attack the United States. During the Second Mexican War, the rail line was used to ship Empire Forces to Montana Territory in order to raid the gold mines.
In 1914, as the Great War began, the railroad was seen as Canada's life line, shipping food from the west to the east. Although the line was cut in 1915 in the Rockies at Kicking Horse Pass, it did little to strangle Canada, as the West Coast was still in supply, thanks to the combined allied navies' efforts in bottling up Seattle. The main junction of the line in Winnipeg was seen as the lynchpin of the line, and it was the target of the US Army. Although the Canadians built lines further north, the town eventually fell, putting those new lines in danger. Cut off from food supplies in the west, the east was forced to surrender.
Canadian Pacific Railway in Worldwar
When the Race invaded North America in 1942, they cut the US in half after they destroyed part of the Transcontinental Railroad. The United States then had to rely heavily on the Canadian Pacific Railway as a method of getting supplies from the West to East.