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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE UTHBRIOGE HERAID Saturday, December 26, 1970------ By .1011N MIKA Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA-Soliit stale loco- motives may soon be pulling "solid" train's from the prairies westward through the moun- tains to the sea. This was one of I lie develop- ments projected as just over inc horizon by S. M. Gossage, the man in charge of all rail- way business for the Canadian Pacific conglomerate, during testimony before the Canadian Transport Commission here this month. While m a k i n g no commit- ments, his words and tone were optimistic us lie told the CTC that (T liail is very seri- ously studying the cosis of electrifying its mainline frorn Calgary to Vancouver in the near future. Electric (ruins would not only be quiet and pollution frei, they would speed up the traffic appreciably the major consideration as CP and CN contemplate an almost five fold increase in bulk ex- ports umnciina through t h e mountain passes to tidewater in the coming decade. Electric trains have been around for 80 years and doing yeoman even spectacular sendee on the continent and in Japan but until now CP's in- vestigations have indicated it would be uneconomic here, Gossage told the tribunal. So what's changed? Solid state circuitry and the pros- pects of tremendous increases in traffic for cool, potash, sul- phur. Solid state electronics make it feasible to use alternating current electricity to drive di- lect current motors in locomo- tives at an economic cost the veteran railwayman said. MORE RELIABLE Electric locomotives have fewer working parts and are substantially more reliable and easy to maintain than but" speed still is the biggest boon. At present, CPR pushes slightly mere than nine through trains daily across the mountains to the coast. To meet the anticipated traffic ex- pansion it plans to put through almost 17 diesel powered trains a day by 1980 and even more could be scheduled if the line is electrified. Along with faster electric lo- comotives, the railway is seri- ously studying another method of increasing the capacity of that single set of tracks that winds through tunnels and up steep grades to cross the con- tinental divide between Revel- stoke and Golden. That's the design of the super railway car a 150-ton monster 66 feet long (10 feet and almost 50 tons bigger than the biggest now rolling) which will need SLX axles instead of the usual four. Adding one third to the pay- load, 105 of these ears can be hitched together into a unit or solid train to be whisked through just as fast as a light- 'Blue Baby' j operated on BOSTON (AP) A medical team at Boston Floating Hospi- tal has reported performing a heart operation on a "blue baby" never before performed in the United States. The six-month old child had developed cynaiio sis, or blue- ness of the skin, as a result of having the great arteries com- i ing from his heart transposed, each attached to the wrong ven- tricle. A surgical team headed by Dr. Donal M. Billig created an opening between the two main arteries in the 50-mlnute opera- tion. The child's color improved immediately, the team reported Wednesday. The child will need further corrective surgery at a later date. Billig said. A similar operation was pi- onecred in Mexico City a year ago on two young patients. er train uiesel a n (I even faster using elcdric mo- tive power. A "solid" train is different from unit trains only to the ex- tent that the cars are uncoup- led singly or in scries for load- ing and unloading as wheat from several elevators, but otherwise move along Hie rails as a single unit from ori- gin to destination point. c trains being studied by CP LSD BRASILIA (AP) Someone the United States has devised i n envisioned up to trains will carry will be relaid over heavier duty ballast from the transport commission on what tlie costs of ingenious way of supplying his clients here with LSD, by or unit trains a day to Ruby Creek near re-equipping with Christmas cards with the prairies laden with the main Irack, some f he if they are drug, Brazilian federal po- for Vancouver harbour wiU be spent in million will green said today. from now while and Cranbrook expanding track even without that agents, who had been 10 relumed empty and over the next addition of a CP Rail mail received by 10 were at either radio relay signal is committed to some Brazilian addicts, said on or discharging in addition to some direct into the programs in found that Christmas cards n's of each head-end divisions just to from one sender ill the operation, around-the-clock and pound rails welded with western had been impregnated in a seven of those of more than gave no economic weight. t solution 01 scheme devised They did not identify the sender or say how many cards had been apprehended. CANCEL Gl TOAINS NEW YORK (AP) Sick calls by engineers and other personnel of the Long Island Rail Road resulted in the ca- cellafion of 61 trains Friday, from about engineers Christ- mas Day. Service was not re- stored to normal until 4 p.m., a spokesman said. Name chairman of law reform commission OTTAWA K'P) Mr. Justice Patrick Hartt. of the Su- preme Cimr' of Ontario, will be- come filV chriirman o! the. I.au Reform Commission of Canada justice Minister John Turner an- nounced Uy'lay. Mr. J'.iMk'e Hart', a promi- nent Ti.ronto criminal lawyer before became a judge, in v.ill his r.ev.' office Apiii 1 i' live-year prriod. Mr. Turner said the new cumuli.-, IMI'.-. iirst jf.h will hr: an overhaul of liu; Criminal Code. OUR SALE BEGINS MON. DEC. SUITS To say the exception- al value! The best of current styling cut from the finest cloth. Stripes, checks, plaids... light, medium, and dark tones. Every size. Reg. Single-breasted with ORT COATS A colourful selection of cloths and patterns in today's styling. Bugged hard wearing cloths to soft luxurious ones. Go for a Scottish tweed, saxonies, checks, stripes, plaids. Another extra- 47 rrlinarv value. AND UP PANTS SAVE Our racks are heavy with a sen- sational collection of dress and casual pants. Flared or straight, glen, checks. Imported all-wool cloth. Great with blazer or sport coat. Reg. 20.00 OVERCOATS SAVE Just in time for the really big snow. Single and double-breasted styles in imported fabrics- tweeds, saxonies, velours, wor- steds, herringbones, checks, fancies. Fully tailored or raglan Reg. iu 120.00 JU J.IM.V SUITS SAVE A custom tailored suit by the people who made made-to- measure suits famous. Our craftsmen will fit and fashion a suit frorn the best in cloth. Beg. LilZEHS SCC.88 The look that's right anytime. Single and double-breasted-in an array of colours, patterns, cloths and styles.... as varied as theplaces you can wear them. 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