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Sources for railway subjects

File consists of general references for railway topics, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following articles: "Come Ride the Train: The Story of the National Railway Historical Society" by Cooper; "Sources of Railway Information in the Public Archives of Canada" by Thompson; "Researching Railway History in the Greater Vancouver Area" by Meyer; "B.C. Rail Guide No. 1: Historical Summary of Railways in British Columbia" (1992) by Davies and Nicklason; "Postcards and Railways: How they complimented each other in British Columbia" by Davies; "The Centennial of the Railway and Marine World" by Angus; Also includes the bibliography of David Davies, correspondence with museums and archives, the December 1990 "NMRA Periodical Index", and book reviews of railway monographs.

Researching railway history

File consists of resources for undertaking railway history research. Includes tips from Davies on researching railway history, a 1971 draft of Davies' "Historical Summary - Railways in British Columbia", and perpetual calendars.

"Canadian Rail" indexes

File consists of indexes to the Canadian Railroad Historical Association's periodical, "Canadian Rail". Includes indexes for 1962 issues, 1973 issues, and a complete index to issues #1 to #455 (1937-1996).

B.C. Rail Guides

File consists of original copies of B.C. Rail Guides, published by the Canadian Railroad Historical Association Pacific Branch. Includes B.C. Rail Guide No. 6 "A Selected Bibliography on Railways in British Columbia: Part I" by Ron Meyer; B.C. Rail Guide No. 7 (Part II of the same); and an unnumbered B.C. Rail Guide "List of Railway Archival Material Held by Pacific Coast Branch, Canadian Railroad Historical Association" by A.J. Rimmington.

General railway histories

File consists of general railway histories of British Columbia or Canada, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions from books and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following articles: "The Changing Role of Railways in the Lower Fraser Valley, 1885-1965" by Roy; "Railroad Titans" by Parker; "Progressive Dates of Commencement of Passenger Service on the Pacific Great Eastern, 1914 to 1923" by Davies; "The Battle of the Gauges" by McDill; "Farewell to the Twentieth Century: Part 2" by Angus; "Railway Locations in B.C. with Military and Naval Names" by Davies and Green; "Railway Entrances to Vancouver, 1887-1969" by Cummings; "The Seton Portage Tramway: British Columbia's first 'railway'" by Davies; "The Later Transcontinental Railways" by Brook; "Some Pre-Canadian Pacific Promotions for a Canadian Transcontinental Railway" by Lester; and a geographic regional analysis of British Columbia by Putnam.

Railway statistics of British Columbia

File consists of railway related statistics for British Columbia, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions from books and clippings from periodicals. Includes statistics for PGE, BC Rail, Vancouver Island logging railroads, CNR, short lines, and others. Also includes research by Davies on the chronology of BC railway history, railway statistics of BC, and rail distances in BC. Some of this research was produced in his B.C. Rail Guide No. 5, "Statistics for the B.C. Railway Historian", which is also included.

Railways incorporated in British Columbia

File consists of an excerpt from "The Steam Chest" periodical, which contains a listing of every railway incorporated in British Columbia. The list does not include logging or other uncommon carrier lines unless they were incorporated as railways.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.".

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway progressive opening dates

File consists of research material on the progressive opening dates of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (G.T.P.R.) for both freight and passenger trains between Edmonton-Prince George and Prince Rupert-Prince George circa 1914-1915. Material predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

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.

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".

Fixed span bridges

File consists of research material regarding fixed span bridges, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes definitions of bridge types; building guides from model railroad magazines; listings of BC Rail, CNR, and GTPR bridges. Also includes pieces by Davies on covered rail bridges in B.C., "Combined Rail and Road Bridges in B.C.", and the "Kamloops-Armstrong CNR Branch Railway Over-Bridge at Campbell Creek".

New Westminster Drawbridge

File consists of research material regarding the New Westminster Railway Draw Bridge, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes technical specifications of the bridge, maps of the area, and newspaper articles regarding the bridge.

Second Narrows Drawbridge

File consists of research material regarding the Second Narrows Drawbridge, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes newspaper articles regarding the bridge, a chronology by Davies relating to the bridge and the Vancouver Harbour Commissioners (National Harbours Board); an article by Davies on the Second Narrows Railway Bridge; and an article by McGarry entitled "CN Rail Span Knock-Out" in the Canadian Rail journal.

Draw/moveable span bridges

File consists of research material regarding drawbridges and moveable span bridges, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes an article by Smith and Nicklason entitled "CPR's Mission Bridge Knock-Out"; sources relating to the Victoria E&N Bascule Bridge; and an "Application of the Canadian National Railways...to permanently convert the lift span of the North Thompson River bridge...into a fixed span by the removal of the lift span towers". Also includes pieces by Davies on "Railway Draw Bridges in BC: Explanation and Summary at 2010"; "Moveable Span Railway Bridges in B.C."; "Canadian Northern / Canadian National Railway Bridge over South Thompson River, Kamloops"; and "Bridging the Fraser at Prince George".

Trestles

File consists of research material regarding railway trestles, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes pieces compiled by Davies on the trestle approaching New Westminster Bridge; CNR Kinsol trestle; the Cuisson Creek and Australian Creek PGE trestles; trestles on the KVR; and wooden railway trestles in B.C.

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".

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.".

Engine houses, roundhouses, and turntables

File consists of research material regarding railway engine houses, roundhouses, and turntables, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes mention of the West Coast Railway Heritage Park turntable, the E&N turntable in Victoria, schematic drawings of turntables and roundhouses, CPR roundhouses and shops, and PGE roundhouses. Also includes articles by Smyth entitled "The CNR Roundhouse at Jasper Alberta" and Smith entitled "Roundhouses".

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.

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.

Other structures

File consists of research material regarding other miscellaneous railway structures, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on handcar sheds, track scales, freight docks, gantry cranes, watchman's shanties, scalehouses, car repair shops, repair hoists, cattle docks, bunkhouses, and snowsheds.

B.C. lower mainland maps

File consists of maps of British Columbia lower mainland relating to railways, which consist of photocopy reproductions from books and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of the BCER; historic railways of the Mission, Abbotsford and Huntingdon area; a 2002 Skytrain map; Lulu Island; CNR; and CPR.

British Columbia province-wide and regional maps

File consists of provincial and regional maps of British Columbia relating to railways, which consist of photocopy reproductions from books and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes a series of articles by Davies published in The Sandhouse entitled: "An Interesting Tale: An Old Map is Discovered"; "Railways Around the Bottom End of Kootenay Lake"; "Railways in the Slocan Region"; "Nelson, Trail, and Thereabouts"; "Kettle Valley Railway Routing: The Theory"; "Competition, Then Compromise: The meshing of the V.V.E.R. and the K.V.R."; "Centenary of Crow's Nest Pass Railway"; and "E&N Developments on Vancouver Island".

Maps of Vancouver Island Railways

File consists of maps of railway trackage in Vancouver Island, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of track in various cities on Vancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville, Qualicum, Nanoose, Ladysmith, and Port Alberni); maps of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway (E&N); and maps of logging railways on Vancouver Island.

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) maps

File consists of maps of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) trackage in British Columbia, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of CPR track in various B.C. cities (Armstrong, Cranbrook, Greenwood, Grand Forks, Penticton, Vancouver, Princeton, Kaslo, Creston, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Summerland, Revelstoke, Enderby, Nelson, Trail, and Golden); maps of CPR track at various times (1909, 1985); maps of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR); maps of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway (E&N); and a hand drawn map of the railways in south-eastern British Columbia.

Canadian National Railway (CNR) maps

File consists of maps of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) trackage in British Columbia, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of CNR track in various B.C. cities (Kamloops, Smithers, Lytton, Terrace, Hope, Kelowna, Prince George, Vernon, Prince Rupert); maps of CNR track at various times (1910, 1919, 1930, 1962, 2003); and maps of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTPR).

Great Northern Railway (GNR) maps

File consists of maps of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) trackage in British Columbia, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of GNR track in various B.C. cities (Grand Forks); maps of GNR track at various times (1914, 1928); and a map of railways in northern Washington in 1928.

Railway stations: General, express, furnishing, and miscellaneous

File consists of research material regarding railway stations in general in British Columbia, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals (mainly model railroading magazines). Includes information on baggage rooms, the architectural history of railway stations, a listing of railway depots in B.C., livestock docks, station furniture, and flagstop shelters. Also includes the following articles: "Preserved Railway Structures in British Columbia" by Mike Green and "The Station Typewriter--A Railway Icon" by Fred Angus.

CPR stations

File consists of research material regarding Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) stations in British Columbia, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on various CPR stations, sources about Kettle Valley Railway stations, a listing of "Railway Stations in B.C. by Railway Company: CPR" by Davies, and a map showing the locations of CPR stations. Also includes the following articles: "Brookmere: A C.P.R. Divisional Point, Part I" by Hind; "Fraser Mills Station Reaches Century Mark"; "Architectural Features of CPR Railway Stations" by Baird; "The Agassiz Station" by McCombs; "CPR Station--Vancouver" by Hockin; and "CPR Standard Stations" by Johnston.

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