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spiral tunnels

I keep reading references to the spriral tunnels and it sound like an interesting thing to see, but I can't seem to find exactly where they are located. Would you please tell me the direction and distance from some of the towns in the area? Thanks.

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1. Re: spiral tunnels

Hi southllanolady;

The Spiral Tunnels are near Field BC, in Yoho National Park.

From the Parks Canada website;

"There are two viewpoints where you can safely watch trains and learn more about the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site of Canada. On average, 25 to 30 trains pass through the Spiral Tunnels daily, though not on a regular schedule.

• From the viewpoint 7.4-km east of Field on the Trans-Canada Highway, you can see the Lower Spiral Tunnel in Mt. Ogden.

•The Upper Spiral Tunnel in Cathedral Mountain can be seen from the pull-off 2.3-km up the Yoho Valley Road."

pc.gc.ca/pn-np/bc/yoho/natcul/natcul12.aspx

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2. Re: spiral tunnels

Here you go. Located in Yoho National Park in BC.

pc.gc.ca/eng/…natcul12.aspx

http://www.bctravel.com/se/field.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEe9d69NpyM

Viewpoint is right beside the highway. Actually it is pretty cool.

Hope yhis helps :0)

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3. Re: spiral tunnels

They are 7.4-km east of Field on Hwy 1.

http://www.bctravel.com/se/field.html

It is a fascinating feat of engineering to read about on the story boards and see.

Edited: 17 October 2011, 03:22
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4. Re: spiral tunnels

Thank you. I was thnking WEST of Golden. Now I know where to plan to make a time slot for them on our trip.

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You're Welcome !

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6. Re: spiral tunnels

West of Golden (but east of Revelstoke) is Rogers Pass - another National Historic Site: www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/rogers/index.aspx

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7. Re: spiral tunnels

Its neat, but across the valley from the highway, so its not like you can get up close to it. The road side pull out has some good information and a model of what you are looking at. You can see the rail line going in one tunnel entrance, and out the exit higher up.

This You Tube video shows it well. Its important to recognize that you are looking at one train here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEe9d69NpyM

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Always a thrill. When I worked at VIA in the early 80's the spiral tunnels and the Connaught Tunnel were always amazing to me! Freight trains can be as long as 3 K long in the mountains and 4.5 on the prairies!

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9. Re: spiral tunnels

The viewpoint on the main highway is worthwhile. The other one on the side road isn't; you don't see much - but it's the only viewpoint for that particular tunnel of the two.

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