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There are two national rail systems in Canada linking the western and eastern coasts. The Canadian Pacific Railway is privately owned and follows the southern route across British Columbia. The Canadian National Railways crosses farther north.

CPR was the first transcontinental railroad in Canada and crossed the Rockies from Calgary via Banff and Lake Louise. Its route coincides closely with CNR's from Kamloops to Vancouver. Passenger service between Calgary and Vancouver has been suspended and the only trans-Rocky trains now follow CNR's tracks through Jasper.

CPR also built the Crowsnest Pass line into Southeast BC, now celebrating its centennial.

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