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David Davies Railway Collection File English
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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.

Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE) and BC Rail (BCR) maps

File consists of maps of the Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) and BC Rail (BCR) trackage in British Columbia, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of PGE/BCR track in various B.C. cities (Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Squamish, 100 Mile House, Lillooet, Fort Nelson, Williams Lake, West Vancouver, Quesnel); maps of PGE/BCR track at various times (1973, 1986); and maps of the Dease Lake extension.

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.

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.

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".

Snow removal equipment

File consists of research material regarding railway snow removal equipment, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on ice cutter spreaders, snow plows, wedge plows, wing plows, steel plows, and wood plows. Contains a piece by Davies entitled "Snowplows in B.C. and elsewhere in Canada at 2007". Also includes issue no. 475 of Canadian Rail magazine, which features an article by W.H. Winterrowd entitled "Snow Fighting Equipment".

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.

CPR diesel locomotives

File consists of research material regarding Canadian Pacific Railway diesel locomotives, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on Fairbanks-Morse diesel locomotives; CP C-Liners; E&N dieselization; CP Rail switchers; and depictions of various CPR locomotives. Also includes a 1985 publication by Jim Hope entitled "Those Beautiful 'C' Liners: A Photo Album of 'C' Liners in British Columbia".

CNR diesel locomotives

File consists of research material regarding Canadian National Railways diesel locomotives, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on CN GP9s; the CN dieselization program; GE Dash 8 locomotives; SW1200RS locomotives; RS-3's and RS-10's; and many other depictions of various locomotive types.

Business and private coaches

File consists of research material regarding business cars and private coaches, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

Miscellaneous aspects of freight cars

File consists of research material regarding various topics related to freight cars, including reporting marks, car design, weight, and consolidated stencils. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Also includes issue no. 244 of Canadian Rail magazine, which features an article by Wilkinson entitled "A Quarter-Century of Freight Car Design", and a 2010 issue of the Sterling Rail classifieds.

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.

Stock cars

File consists of research material regarding stock cars, including double-deck stock cars, the end of stock car service, and depictions of stock car types. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

Tank cars

File consists of research material regarding tank cars. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals.

Cabooses

File consists of research material regarding cabooses. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Also includes a 1990 issue of Trains magazine featuring articles related to cabooses.

Control systems, dispatching, schedules, and bulletins

File consists of research material regarding control systems, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on dispatching, schedules, bulletins, Centralized Traffic Control (CTC), and Automatic Block Signal (ABS). Also includes an article by Al Lill entitled "Dispatching on the CNR's Yale Subdivision".

Transmission of orders: Telegraph, telephone, radio, electronics, time

File consists of research material regarding transmission of orders, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on telegraphs, telephone systems, radio frequencies, and railway time. Also includes the following articles: "Information on Railway Time Service and Watch-Clock Standards" by Kushnir; "Railroad Pocket Watched in Canada" by Angus; and "CPR Connaught Tunnel and Electric Token Block System" by Davies.

CN train order book

File consists of a CN Train Order Book. Includes front cover and a few blank pages that include information about the book and train orders.

CPR public timetables

File consists of Canadian Pacific Railway public timetables. Includes Dayliner schedules for 1964 and 1969; an Okanagan bus connection schedule for 1965-1966; and CP Rail timetables for 1964, 1966, 1969-1970, and 1975.

Railway accidents in general

File consists of research material regarding train accidents in general and miscellaneous railway mishaps, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on locomotives lost in BC lakes and rivers; KVR wrecks; general rail safety; train collisions (including collisions at Edson and Hinton); the 1908 Fernie fire; train derailments (including derailments at Biggar, Prince George, and Kelly Lake), black boxes, and fire prevention.

CPR forms

File consists of original samples of Canadian Pacific Railway forms, tickets, certificates, customs reports, manual block system clearance forms, and others. Also includes an excerpt from CP Rail time table 83.

CPR early days, 1880-1900

File consists of research material regarding the early days Canadian Pacific Railway between 1880 and 1900. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following articles: "Bridging the Fraser at Cisco, 1882-1884" by Meridew; "Railway Tales from the Inland Sentinel" by Meridew; "Building the CPR through Agassiz and Port Hammond" by Meridew; "A Man with Connections: John A. Mara and the CPR" by Meridew; "Canada's Transcontinental Passenger Trains, 1886 and 1978" by Angus; "Pacific Division Sections from Abbott to Marpole, 1886-1909" by Meridew; "William Cornelius Van Horne" by Elson; "Coal Comes to Mountain Mainline" by Meridew; "Laying the Foundation" by D. Smith; and "C.P.'s Last Spike--100 Years Less Three Months, Later" by D. Johnson.

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