HEAD OF CONSTRUCTION – Will Be at Cranbrook Until the Road Is Completed to the Lake – So Said Chief Haney Last Tuesday – Work on Ten-Stall Roundhouse and Workshops Will Begin Next Week
Chief of Construction M.J. Haney was in town Monday accompanied by Assistant Chief Turnbull. The chief appeared quite contented and said everything in the way of construction work was progressing satisfactorily. As elsewhere announce, the end of the steel is now at Wardner. The end will also remain there probably until the 15th or 18th of the present month in order to get the steel span for the bridge across the Kootenay in place. This will bring the time for the entrance of the road into Cranbrook to about the 25th of August – no later, unless unforeseen delays arise. The shortage of steel kept the road back from the river two weeks. No further delays of this nature are anticipated until Cranbrook is reached, and it is possible there will be none then.
Headquarters will be at Cranbrook from the time the road reaches here until completed to Kootenay lake; all supplies used in construction will be furnished from this point, and all business of that nature transacted from here.
NORTH STAR RAILROAD
Regarding the North Star line, Mr. Haney said the surveyors were probably not yet through locating the route as no report had been received from them at the head office. He could not say definitely whether the road would be completed this season or not, as much depends on the mining company itself, who, under agreement, are to do the grading for the road, the C.P.R. company completing the work.
ROUND HOUSE AND SHOPS
Work upon the round house will be commenced in a few days – before the arrival of the steel. It will be a 10-stall house, as heretofore announced by this paper. The shops will soon also be in course of construction. Mr. Haney says the number of men employed will be about 50 – possibly a few more or less. In that matter much depends upon the volume of business transacted by the line. The easy gradients afforded by the C.N.P.R. line renders wear and tear on rolling stock nominal compared with other lines in mountainous countries, consequently furnishing employment to fewer mechanics than is generally the case in a like distance on other mountain roads.
Regarding his statement that Cranbrook would be headquarters until the completion of the road to the lake, the reporter asked the chief if that would not be during a period of two or three months, but was told with a smile in reference to his childlike ignorance, that it would be much less than that.
Croakers who said two months ago that the road would not reach here by winter, if then, now find out that those in charge really knew more about the work than those not connected with it. But for the delay in getting steel, a short time ago, the road would have been here as announced to The Herald reporter in early spring, by the first week in August, or at the end of it.
The C.P.R. storehouse at this point is already filled with hay, grain, etc., and more coming. Almost daily long strings of teams are there unloading provisions and there will be no shortage of anything of this nature before the completion of the road to the lake.