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Chinese labour force for construction of the CPR main line in British Columbia

File consists of research material regarding the Chinese labour force involved in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway main line in British Columbia. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes an article by Davies entitled "An Assessment of the Size of the Chinese Labour Force and the Number of Deaths incurred in Building the CPR in B.C. in 1880-1885".

Passenger fares

File consists of material regarding railway passenger fares. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes past passenger rates for E&N, CN, BC Rail, PGE, CPR, GNR, VIA Rail, and BCER Interurbans.

KVR Osoyoos Branch (Penticton to Osoyoos)

File consists of research material regarding the CPR's Kettle Valley Railway Osoyoos Branch (Penticton to Osoyoos). Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

Granville Island street railway

File consists of research material regarding Granville Island street railway operations of BC Hydro Railway. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "The Granville Island Switching Operations of the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority Railway" by Sochowski and "BCER Granville Island: Extension of Industrial and Interurban Lines within Vancouver City" by Davies.

Accidents: Trespass, theft, and vandalism

File consists of research material regarding trespassing, theft, and vandalism and accidents associated with those activities. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

PGE/BC Rail Dease Lake extension

File consists of research material regarding Pacific Great Eastern Railway and BC Rail Dease Lake extension. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "PGE/BCR: Dease Lake Extension - First 25 Years, 1968 to 1993"; PGE/BCR Dease Lake Branch Progress at end of 1974; "Dease Lake or Bust: BC Rail's Takla Sub, a Socred Mega-Project, Lives On" by Johnson; and "To Alaska or Bust on a Mixed Train: Was BCR's Dease Lake line too late...or too early?" by Patterson and McMillan. Also includes a map of the Dease Lake extension annotated by Davies.

Okanagan Valley Railway

File consists of research material regarding the Okanagan Valley Railway, which was created on 21 Nov. 1998. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "Okanagan Valley Railway, Short Line: 21 Nov. 1998 to Closure 1 Sept. 2009" compiled by Davies and an article in Okanagan Life magazine regarding the OVR and KPR.

Railway gardens

File consists of research material regarding railway gardens (usually located next to railway stations), which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on railway gardens in Cranbrook, Vancouver, Kamloops, and Blue River. Also includes an article by Vallerand and Smith in Canadian Rail no. 530 entitled "Railway Gardens".

Geared industrial railway locomotives: Heisler

File consists of material regarding Heisler locomotives, a type of geared industrial railway locomotive built by Stearns Manufacturing Company of Erie, Pennsylvania. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

Geared industrial railway locomotives: Shay

File consists of material regarding Shay locomotives, a build of geared industrial railway locomotive. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about Lima Locomotive Works, narrow gauge 'baby shays', the Crown Zellerbach No. 1 Shay locomotive, Also includes the following works: "Preserved Geared Steam Locomotives Used in Canada" by Mike Green; "The South's Shay: Graham County 1925 Returns to Steam"; "Britain's Only Shay Engine: The 'Beast of Bilston' and Other Geared Locos" by Cliff Thomas; and original and reproductions of "The Lima Catalog No. S-4 1925" of Shay locomotives from Lime Locomotive Works.

Diamond crossings

File consists of research material regarding railway diamond crossings, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes examples of various diamond crossings in British Columbia.

Gradients

File consists of research material regarding gradients, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes an article by Donald Purdy entitled "Memories of CPR's Kootenay Switchbacks"; various examples of B.C. switchbacks and gradients; and information on altitudes, grades, and elevations.

Surveying and tendering

File consists of documents relating to railway construction surveying and tendering, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following items, among others: an article from Trains magazine by R.M. Bailey entitled "On The Line" regarding CNR in BC; an article from Trains magazine by Fitsimons and Berns entitled "The Surveyor's Art"; and "Details about Survey Work, Cost Estimates, and Contract for Victoria & Sidney Railway" excerpted from book by Muralt.

Construction methods and men

File consists of documents relating to railway construction methods and workers, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following items, among others: "Size of Labour Force Employed by Railway Contractors in Period 1895-1925 in B.C." compiled by Davies; a "Report of the Commissioners in re: Crow's Nest Complaints" from Sessional Papers No. 90A; a table showing comparative "Length of Lines Constructed in BC: 1895-1925"; "Summary of Tunnels in B.C. 100 feet and greater" compiled by Davies; and "Fatalities in Railway Construction in British Columbia" compiled by Davies.

Construction of the Canadian Northern Railway

File consists of documents relating to railway construction equipment, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes articles entitled "Great Strike of 1912: The Early CNR Camps Proved Fertile Breeding Ground for a Union"; "[Construction of the Canadian Northern] Railway in Kamloops"; "The 1913 & 1914 Fraser River Slides"; "Port Mann, B.C. [as envisaged by Canadian Northern Railway, 1910-1920"; "Construction of Canadian Northern Railway in area between Valemount and Blue River between 1913-1915: Personal recollections of Mrs. Clemina Buckle"; and "The Best Route Through the Rockies" by Douglas Smith in Canadian Rail magazine. Also includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: "Construction of the Canadian Northern [Pacific] Railway within B.C."; "Colin Ewart Bolton (c. 1888 - c. 1960s): An early self-processing photographer of the Upper Thompson Valley"; "Canadian Northern Railway Construction Miles"; "The 'Lost City' of Peavine on the North Thompson River"; "Construction of Canadian Northern Railway North of Kamloops between Little Fort and McClure"; and "Bridges of Canadian Northern Railway".

Building the Kettle Valley Railway

File consists of documents relating to the construction of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes a piece compiled by Davies entitled "Bread Ovens of Construction Works on the KVR c. 1913-1914".

Construction of the BC Southern Railway/Crow's Nest Pass Railway

File consists of documents relating to the construction of the BC Southern Railway/Crow's Nest Pass Railway (CPR), which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes excerpts entitled "Building the C.P.R. through Crow's Nest Pass" by Wolf; "Working on the Railway Gang Over Crow's Nest Pass" by Compton; and "Building the Crow's Nest Pass Railway, 1897-1899" by Eagle.

Cisco Bridge

File consists of research material regarding the Cisco Bridge, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes an article by Meridew entitled "Bridging the Fraser at Cisco, 1882-1884"; clippings regarding a fire on the CNR Cisco Bridge in August 1977; facts about the bridge; and Canadian Rail article "The Cisco Bridge--A Relic of the Early Days of the CPR in British Columbia" by Meridew".

Freight houses

File consists of research material regarding freight houses, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals (mainly model railroading magazines). Includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: "CPR Freight Facilities, Downtown Vancouver"; "Weighing Freight"; and "Freight, Express, and Baggage".

Diesel locomotives evolution, progression, comparisons, and builders

File consists of research material regarding diesel locomotives in general, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on early diesel locomotives; booster locomotives; builders of diesel locomotives; road switchers; AC versus DC power; diesel locomotive rosters; and the evolution of the diesel locomotive. Also includes issue no. 464 of Canadian Rail featuring articles on diesel engines.

Freight loading and discharging devices

File consists of material regarding freight loading and discharging devices. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about coal unloaders, rotary dumping, lumber loading, ore loading, loading and unloading of grain, and team tracks.

Boxcars in general

File consists of research material regarding boxcars in general, excluding boxcars owned by CPR, CNR, and BCR. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

Hoppers

File consists of research material regarding hoppers, including open hoppers, coal cars, pneumatic discharge covered hoppers, covered hoppers, and cylindrical covered hoppers (grain hoppers). Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

Construction of CPR main line in British Columbia

File consists of research material regarding the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway main line in British Columbia. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on tunnel boring, Craigellachie and the driving of the last spike, R.L. Harris, Onderdonk, and the incorporation of the CPR company.

Building other lines

File consists of research material relating to the construction of other railway lines in British Columbia, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes mention of the Columbia & Western Railway; the CPR connector between Kootenay Landing and Procter; construction of logging railways; the Kootenay Central Railway (CPR); sternwheelers in railway construction; the CPR south Slocan branch line; the Port Alberni branch line of the E&N Railway (CPR); the Oroville to Princeton GNR branch; the BCER Fraser Valley Interurban; and the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway. Also includes an article by Sanford entitled "Building CP Rail's Fording River Railway".

Ties

File consists of research material regarding rail ties, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on date nails, wood ties, disposal of creosote ties, concrete ties, and steel ties.

Basics and statistics

File consists of documents relating to railway construction in general and railway construction statistics, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions from books and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following items, among others: "Historical Summary of Railways in British Columbia" (BC Rail Guide No. 1) by Davies and Nicklason; "Dismantling the GNR tracks within B.C." compiled by Davies; "Summary of Route Mileages built in B.C. in Decades to 1930" compiled by Davies; "Rail Distances in B.C." compiled by Davies; and "A Chronology of Railways of B.C." by Dave Wilkie.

Building the Pacific Great Eastern Railway

File consists of documents relating to the construction of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE), which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes a chronology of the history of PGE, a list of sub-contractors who completed the Squamish sub-division, "PGE/BCR: Dease Lake Extension First 25 Years, 1968 to 1993", and "P.G.E.R. 1914 to 1923: Progressive Dates of Commencement of Passenger Service".

Freight cars in general

File consists of research material regarding freight cars in general, including statistics, general reviews, and their evolution and historical development. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Also includes "Locomotive, Trolley, and Rail Car Builders: An All-Time Directory" by Ian Arnold (Railway History Quarterly, 1965); a CN Rail freight car roster from 1972; "CN's Freight Car Fleet & Numbering System--1919-1996" by Ian Cranstone (CN Lines, 1996); and excerpts from a 1979 CP Rail Equipment Data Book with data sheets from stock cars, flat cars, ore cars, and woodchip cars.

Boxcar design progression over the decades

File consists of research material regarding boxcar design progression over the decades, including profiles for 36-footer, 40-footer, 50-footer, and 60-footer boxcars. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

CPR, CNR, and BCR boxcars

File consists of research material regarding boxcars owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, and BC Rail. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

Fuelling facilities for coal, oil, and sand

File consists of research material regarding fueling facilities for coal, oil and sand, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: "Water and Coal Needs for Steam Locomotives"; "KVR Water Tanks/Coal Facilities"; "Coal or Oil Fired Locomotives in British Columbia"; "Sources of Coal for Steam Locomotives Working in B.C."; and "CPR Coaling Towers in B.C.".

Tunnels

File consists of research material regarding tunnels, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on tunnel clearances, the CN Messiter Tunnel, CNR tunnels, tunnelling methods in GTPR construction, PGE/BCR tunnels, and a "Summary of Tunnels in B.C. 100 feet and over" by Davies.

Telegraph lines

File consists of research material regarding railway telegraph lines, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes diagrams showing locations of train phone wires; examples of railway pole lines; and information on telephone shanties and communications insulators.

Examples of mainstream power related to diesel locomotives

File consists of research material regarding examples of mainstream power related to diesel locomotives, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Included examples of locomotives had a minimum of 1,000 units built in North America, such as the ALCO RS1, EMD SD40-2, EMD GP38-2, and Montreal Locomotive Works M420, among others.

Contractors

File consists of documents relating to railway construction contractors, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: "George Chew: Railway Construction Sub-Contractor"; "List of Sub-Contractors Who Completed Squamish Sub-Division, PGE, 1914-1915"; "Magoffin Contracting: 1920-1950s"; notes on the railway contractors for many of the railways in British Columbia; and a list of railway contracting individuals and firms in British Columbia.

Contractors Jack Stewart and Moran sisters

File consists of documents relating to railway construction contractors Jack Stewart and the Moran sisters, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes biographies of Jack Stewart (1862-1938), a copy of his death certificate, and a copy of the death certificate of his wife (Elizabeth Stewart nee Moran).

Construction equipment

File consists of documents relating to railway construction equipment, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes mentions of mechanical and compressed air drills for tunnel boring in B.C., steam shovels, Vulcan shovels, narrow-gauge Shay locomotives, and Mussens grading equipment. Also includes an article entitled "Products of the Marion Steam Shovel Company" by Paul Moon; "Production of Explosives in B.C. in the first quarter of the 20th century" by Davies; a "List of Narrow Gauge Locomotives used by Contractors Building Railways in B.C. in the period 1905-1925"; postcards; and a list of construction companies and equipment dealers in British Columbia.

Construction photographs

File consists of photocopies of photographs and other graphical depictions of railway construction, many of which are reproductions from monographs, periodicals, and archives. Also includes postcards.

Building the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway

File consists of documents relating to the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTPR), which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes an article entitled "The Construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in British Columbia" by J.A. Lower and a transcript of a Prince George history talk given by Ted Williams. Also includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: "Building the G.T.P.R. in B.C., 1908-1914"; "Major Bridges on the GTPR"; "Construction of Grand Trunk Pacific Railway between Tete Jaune Cache and Prince George"; "Narrow Gauge Contractors Locomotives used in the Building of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in British Columbia"; and "Early Days of Fraser Sub of G.T.P.R.".

Water delivery structures

File consists of research material regarding railway water delivery structures, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes schematic drawings of water delivery structures; information on water crane standpipes, enclosed water tanks, and steel water tanks; and a 1993 Canadian Rail article by Heaman entitled "Water--A Railway Necessity: Western Lines Increase Supply".

Ice storage sheds and ice harvesting

File consists of research material regarding ice storage sheds and ice harvesting, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: "Schematic Drawing of Ice Houses in B.C."; "Ice Houses"; and "Miscellaneous Examples of Icing Facilities in B.C.". Also includes the articles "Ice Harvesting--A Forgotten Industry" by Mohowski, "Ice and the railroad: Pt. III--Railroad Ice Houses" by Lambert, and "Operation of Car Icing Stations" by Inghram.

Turnouts

File consists of research material regarding turnouts, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on switch stands, turnout configurations, and targets.

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