A number of employees near Donald, B.C., 107.5 miles east
of Eagle Pass, were waiting for a train to take them east on the day that the Last Spike was driven. To commemorate
the event, they staged their own "last spike" ceremony for a photographer, whose camera recorded two North
West Mounted Police officers among the spectators. These pictures illustrate the character of completed main line
track, with ties laid square on the right, but ragged on the left because of unequal tie lengths. Tie plates were not
used, and ballast peaked at track center, above the ties. This track had been in place just about a year when the
photograph was taken - 1974 Omer Lavallee "Van Horne's Road" Railfare Enterprises Limited Box 1434 Station
B Montreal Quebec H3B 3L2.