|The Canadian Pacific Railways freight trains carried coal, grain and different kinds of freight. Most of the finances were
made in western Canada. The freight trains also ship cars, minerals, fertilizers, forest products and other types of substances. The busiest part of the railway is from Vancouver to Calgary. Coal has been transported by the CPR since 1970. To get the coal to Japan, the coal has to be transported from mines in the mountains (Sparwood and British
Columbia) to areas in Roberts Bank and North Vancouver.
Over the span of a year more than 34 million tons of coal is transported to the West Coast to be transported to Japan. Grain is moved by the Canadian Pacific Railway to platforms in Thunder Bay, Quebec City and Vancouver and then from there is taken across the Pacific or Atlantic. Grain has always been a primary product transported by the Canadian Pacific Railway. The CPR was the first North American railway to use the "piggyback" freight service. A piggyback train is made up of truck trailers stacked on flat cars. These days special containers have taken the place of piggyback trains. W
Winnipeg, Manitoba was home to the first section of double tracks, streching to Fort William, Thunder Bay. For many years this stayed as the only set of double tracks. This section has recently gone back to being single railed and their is a 75 mile strech between Kent British Columbia and Vancouver.