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BC Rail (1972-2004)

Subseries consists of material regarding the British Columbia Railway (1972-1984) and BC Rail (1984-2004). Includes information about the history of BC Rail, BC Rail under the ownership of CN after 2004, and the incomplete Dease Lake extension.

BC Rail Britannia Beach

Photograph taken in Britannia Beach looking at the Ana-Canada Britannia Mines Ltd. Image captured the view of the concentrated ore dock with BC Rail in the foreground. The mine was closed on November 1, 1974.

BC Rail diesel locomotives and others

File consists of research material regarding BC Rail diesel locomotives and diesel locomotives owned by other smaller railways in British Columbia, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on the first PGE diesel locomotives; the PGE/BCR roster of diesel locomotives; BCR electric locomotives; BNSF diesel locomotives; GNR diesel locomotives; and VIA Rail diesel locomotives, among others.

BC Rail Fort St. James

Photograph depicts a switcher and a way freight locomotive that was stationed in Fort St. James. The passenger train ran from Driftwood to Fort St. James.

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.

BC Rail Horseshoe Bay

Photograph depicts work cars adjacent to the north portal of the recently (1974) opened tunnel at Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver. Visible is a train standing on what was formerly the main line of the track.

BC Rail Lone Butte

Photograph depicts various work spurs. The spur on the left of the image is a work train, behind it is a running loop. The spur on the right led to a gravel pile. Not shown is the spur which was used for loading equipment like carts and shovels.

BC Rail Lone Butte

Photograph depicts various spurs. One spur was for a work crew train, another led to a gravel pile as well as one which was located at the far end and was for loading heavy equipment onto flat cars. A passing loop to the main line can be seen in the background.

BC Rail Porteau Cove

Photograph depicts a speeder proceeding north to Squamish. Davies notes that it was easier to lift a speeder over the blades than work the switch.

BC Rail Prince George

Photograph taken at the passenger depot in Prince George, sited on a dead-end spur. It is situated in an industrial park some miles away from the city centre.

BC Rail snow plow

Photograph depicts a BCR snow plow on a spur located opposite a former Squamish depot that was burned down. All the windows of the snow equipment in front of the plow were broken by vandals, so there was spare service for winter operations.

BC Rail Squamish yards

Photograph depicts derelict bunk and cook cars of the former Pacific Great Eastern. Found on the siding of at the yards in Squamish. Car #990224 appears originally to have been an electric interurban car.

BC Rail tours and luxury trains

File consists of material regarding BC Rail luxury tourist train tours, such as the Cariboo Prospector, the Whistler Explorer, and the Pacific Starlight. All services ended in 2002. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, pamphlets, and clippings from periodicals.

BC Rail under CN ownership, post-2004

File consists of research material regarding BC Rail line under CN ownership after 2004. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "Kaoham Shuttle Continues BC Rail Passenger Tradition" by Ian Smith; "CN-BC Rail Partnership: The Right Fit" by CN; "Recalling a Vacation and Train Wreck at Seton Portage, 1969" by Davies; "BC Rail's Tough Future Focus of Special Conference" by Smith; and "BC Rail Handed to CN as Takeover Deal Approved" by Smith.

BC Rail, 1972-1979

File consists of research material regarding BC Rail for the 1972-1979 period. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: a 1974 British Columbia Railway passenger train schedule; PGE passenger train schedules for 1971-1972; a July-August 1975 issue of "The Coupler" (vol. 17, no. 6); and a May 1972 issue of "The Coupler" (vol. 14, no. 4). Also includes a British Columbia Railway iron-on badge of the railway's crest and a hand-drawn map by Davies of the PGE/BC Rail route.

BC Rail, 1980-1989

File consists of research material regarding BC Rail for the 1980-1989 period. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "Seton Lake Tunnel Gets Green Light" by Wilson; "Rails into the Wild" by Coull; and a piece of the electrification of the BC Rail Tumbler Ridge branch. Also include BC Rail passenger schedules for 1985 and 1989.

BC Rail, 1990-1999

File consists of research material regarding BC Rail for the 1990-1999 period. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "From Vancouver to Prince George to Prince Rupert, and back" by Zimmerman; "BC Rail Launches Dinner Train Service" by Smith and Johnson; and BC Rail updates in the Sandhouse journal. Also includes BC Rail passenger schedules for 1993 and 1990, as well as 1996, 1997, and 1998 schedules for BC Scenic Rail Tours (Royal Hudson, Whistler Explorer, Cariboo Prospector).

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