INSIDE NEWSPAPERS: Final! Rocky Mountaineer Mile Post … “a feat of construction”

 

HERE WE GO! TODAY’S VERSION – THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER TRAIN CROSSING THE OTTERTAIL CREEK.

Three safety tracks were also built to help divert out-of-control trains.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Throughout the construction process, CP Rail was encountering cash shortages. Though William Van Horne had great confidence in the company’s success, he and Stephen had to turn to the government for funds.

A bill was eventually passed authorising a loan of $22.5 million to CP Rail with the understanding that the construction would be completed in 1886. In the spring of 1884, the work continued along the canyon walls of the Kicking Horse River.

At the “Big Hill,” above Field, BC, special permission was granted to build the line down the steep grade of 4.5 percent, double the maximum grade allowed elsewhere. Three safety tracks were also built to help divert out-of-control trains.

By the end of 1884, the Ross group had reached, what is today, Golden.
In 1885, CP Rail was again faced with financial problems, having spent the $22.5 million; and with minimal cash, construction crews were not being paid and began to strike. By March, 1885, construction had stopped.

CONSTANT RAINS, WASHOUT

Fearing their dreams would not be realised, CP Rail once more approached the government for funding. After much political bantering, CP Rail was finally given more financial assistance, and the crews began to work again.

The next major obstacle ... to face was putting the line through Rogers Pass. Heavy snowfalls, of almost 15.25m/50 feet per year, necessitated the building of numerous snow sheds. By 1885, in late October, the line had reached Revelstoke, after fighting constant rains and washouts.

Andrew Onderdonk, the US contractor, was working under government contract to build this section and, since his equipment was already on site, CP Rail contracted him to build the section from Savona to Eagle Pass.

It took the Ross group another five weeks to reach Onderdonk’s railhead. The Last Spike was driven into ground on November 7, 1885. The construction of Canada’s first transcontinental railway was completed. It was finished almost six years ahead of its original schedule.

It was a feat of construction which amazed the world.

<< Rocky Mountaineer Mile Post.

Pictures: Contractor Andrew Onderdonk who, with his thousands of men, took on the dangerous Hell’s Gate in 1882. To hell and back: The steep walls of the infamous Hell’s Gate Canyon on the Fraser River.


OPEN SESAME: STAN THOMAKOS IS IN HIS ELEMENT BEHIND THE WHEEL OF HIS SPRITELY TORANA XU1, A SELF-MADE EQUIVALENT OF THE SAME CAR WHICH WON THE 1979 TOURING MOTOR RACE CHAMPIONSHIP AT BATHURST. THE CO-DRIVER WAS BOB MORRIS. THAT’S MORRIS’ AUTOGRAPH BELOW THE CAR. STAN KNOWS HIS TORANA INSIDE AND OUT. HE OWNS PD’S CAFÉ AT MORTDALE, SYDNEY.

REMEMBER WHEN! TORANA TURNED 50 … THE SEVENTIES MADE ITS TYRES SIZZLE!

FRANK MORRIS

If Torana was still being built today, it would have been 50 years young. The production of the Torana went from 1967 till 1979, the last year it raced. Its name came from the Aboriginal word “to fly”. And that’s exactly what it did at Bathurst in the hands of Peter Brock and company.

Twenty-seven years after he was born, Peter Brock would team up with a Holden six-cylinder Torana XU1 to start the winning partnership.

“It would rewrite the motorsport record books and turn one into a legend and other into a national institution,” writes Wayne Webster, motoring editor of the Daily Telegraph (Sydney) and Sunday Telegraph. “The only problem is picking which one is which.”

The career of Peter Brock and the other homegrown Aussie icon are “almost inseparable”.

THE HEARTS OF WOMEN

Webster: “No other person is as identifiable with the Holden brand as Brock … they continue to be linked through a marketing umbilical cord probably stronger now … than at any time in the past. Holden made Brock a household name.

He helped the company to put the Holden in driveways.

“Brock’s Bathurst triumphs, which fell one short of the “Perfect 10”, that the public longed for and the media dreamt of, all came courtesy of Holden products. For marketing men Brock was a gift from heaven; a good-looking, articulate racer with an appeal that won the minds of male buyers and the hearts of women.

“His triumphs at Mount Panorama made him a legend and he dragged Holden products along with him.”
From 1972-1979 he won Bathurst victories four times in a Torana XU1, L34 and A9X twice.

<< Peter the Great, Holden 50th anniversary feature, by Wayne Webster, The Weekend Australian, November 14-15, 1998.

Pictures: Torana is tops: Peter Brock -- winning the Bathurst 1000 in 1978. XU1 Secrets – Turning Torana into a champion. Holden enters the small car market with a converted Vauxhall. Now, it has become one of the most versatile motor sports cars Australia has seen.


SHERLOCK AND FRIENDS -- THE SERIES STARTS MID AUGUST AND RUNS MONTHY TILL OCTOBER. THE OPENING CHAPTERS WILL RUN TOGETHER. AND DON’T FORGET THE SHERLOCK EXHIBITION. IT STARTS AT THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, SYDNEY, ON JUNE 5 … NEXT MONTH: 75 YEARS AGO 3 MIDGET SUBS ATTACKED SYDNEY HARBOUR. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? … US WESTERN STORY – PRINCES OF THE FOURTH ESTATE. THE FIRST OF THE SERIES STARTS JULY.


LAUGHING MATTER! WHY WOULD WE BREAK UP? HE MAKES ME LAUGH!

CLASSIC REPEAT! LAUGHING MATTER, PART 1. WHY IT’S PRECRIBED AS THE BEST MEDICINE

It is a light-hearted approach to living longer.

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Lighten up! Watch a funny movie with a few friends? Or join a “laughing club” where people meet for a specific purpose for the time of their life. Or hang out with fun, playful people who laugh easily.

You find this will put you in a more positive frame of mind. Or, ask people to describe what they find funny; maybe they will ask you the same.

What you need is a big belly laugh. You cringe as the person you’re with tells another terrible joke. Maybe, if you laugh a little you’ll find that it helps in the long run.

“From generating an increase in the supply of oxygen to our body (an aerobic activity),” says Kayte Nunn, in her article, The Best Medicine, “laughter definitely packs a beneficial health punch.” Nunn goes on to suggest that when “we let out a great chuckle or even just a quiet giggle, we use up to 50 facial muscles.”

Nunn continued: According to studies, this triggers the release of feel-good hormones, oxytocin and melatonin … which are both used in antidepressants.

Dr Tim Sharp, founder of The Happiness Institute, said, “This is almost certainly a physiological benefit. When we laugh, we release hormones and there are certain neurotransmitters in our brain that are mood-enhancing.

“This happens when you laugh naturally and even if you ‘fake it’; you can still build up the physiological response  and therefore get the same benefits.”

The trick is that “when we laugh,” said Dr Sharp, “we use various muscles and activate different parts of our body, therefore this is a good form of physical activity.”  Finding something to laugh at regularly you might even stave off having a heart attack.

A study conducted in 2000 by cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Centre found that people with heart disease were 40 per cent less likely to laugh … compared to people without heart disease.

The study concluded that people with heart disease generally laugh less and display more anger and hostility in everyday life situations.

<< Adapted from Kayte Nunn’s The Best Medicine from Wellplan Magazine.

Pictures: Smile, laugh – double take. Why don’t you have a big, big laugh? It’s the best medicine you’ll ever get!


HARD FOUGHT: WE EVEN MADE THE PAPERS OVERSEAS. THIS PAPER IS FROM AMERICA. “THREE MIDGET SUBS RAID SYDNEY; ALL BELIEVED SUNK,” THE PAPER SAID. TWO WERE LOCATED IN THE HARBOUR; THE THIRD ONE ESCAPED THE CORDON OF GUNFIRE AND WAS FOUND OFF DEE WHY, A SYDNEY BEACH, IN 2006.

THINK ABOUT IT! SCRIBE WITNESSED THE ATTACK ON SYDNEY HARBOUR BY THREE MIDGET SUBS

Mr Kevin Smith, of West Pennant Hills, Sydney, wrote a piece for Column 8 on the three midget Japanese subs that attacked Sydney Harbour on March 31, 1942 -- 75 years ago. Column 8 says:

“Kevin was a teenager and witnessed the event on the harbour from his parents’ home at Watsons Bay. He thinks there would be only a few people still alive who saw the events as he did.”

21 SAILORS WERE KILLED

‘From the front of our house,’ said Kevin. ‘My parents and older brother and sister saw the searchlights, we heard the gunfire and the sound of depth charges exploding. Twenty-one sailors were killed by an exploding torpedo on Garden Island.

‘The next morning, we saw one sub caught in the boom net and another sunken one being guarded by naval vessels in Taylor Bay. The third escaped and was found off Dee Why in 2006.’ Thanks, Kevin.

<< Column 8, Sydney Morning Herald, May 31, 2017.

COMING: Three midget Japanese subs attacked Sydney Harbour on March 31, l942. Next month!
Picture: People stared in amazement. Crowds watch one of the midget subs being hauled safely to land.


DOG AND COMPANY: WHEN CHECKERS PASSED AWAY, NEARLY EVERY MEDIA COMPANY ON THE GLOBE WANTED PART OF THE ACTION!

CLASSIC REPEAT! THE CHECKERS SPEECH – RICHARD NIXON TALKS ABOUT HIS DOG

In 1952, Richard Nixon’s famous international talk-fest, the Checkers Speech, broadcast over radio, television – and the press, too – centered on a dog and two children. If you don’t remember, here it is.

RICHARD M. NIXON

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

One other thing I probably should tell you, because if I don’t they’ll probably be saying that this is about me too.

We did get something, a gift, after the election.

A man down in Texas had heard Pat (his wife) on radio mention … that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us.

We went down to get it. You know what it was? It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate and he sent it all the way from Texas. It was black and spotted. And our little girl, Tricia, the six-year old, named it Checkers.

And you know, the kids loved that dog. And I want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we gonna keep it.

[Frank Morris writes: Checkers was in the heart of every American from that day in 1952. The dog was photographed everywhere it went. Magazines like TIME and Newsweek often featured Checkers – as did the television and the dailies. When Checkers died in 1964, every news media covered the event. Adapted from The Literary Dog published by Push Pin Press, New York.]

<< The Literary Dog, published by Push Pin Press, New York.


THE CAT’S WHISKERS! A NOTE FROM A VERY SPECIAL FELINE

 “MR MORRIS – THANKS YOU FOR MY STORY. SPIRIT THE CAT.”

Well, this was a surprise! Spirit the Cat and the Tasmanian Tiger have heaps of friends judging by the story I wrote last week. One reader said I should run a series like last weeks of Spirit and Tiger getting up to mischief -- the kids will love it. It’s worth thinking about.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 09 June 17

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