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David Davies Railway Collection Seton Portage, BC
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Bridge over Portage River

Photograph depicts a bridge near the beginning of the Seton Portage to D'Arcy dirt road over the Portage River. The road was a one and half of a mile connection between the Anderson (upper) and Seton (lower) lakes.

First Nations graveyard

Photograph depicts a First Nations graveyard that overlooked Anderson Lake. The cross in the foreground was dated 1918. A post with carving, near the fourth grave, was dated 1904.

Horse drawn mowing machines

Photograph depicts a horse drawn mowing machines on an Indian Reserve. The machine in the foreground was named "Champion" made by B.F. Avery and Company. The other one was named "McCormack Deering."

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts the place where a derailment occurred on the eastern switch of the Seton Portage loop. Rod linkage snapped, allowing blades to freely move and switch cars of southbound freight to either track of the loop. Image captured stock t...

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts the Pacific Great Eastern line beside the Seton River which connects Anderson Lake and Seton Lake. The bridge to the left take the road to D'Arcy and Pemberton.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts the Buntain's flag station on the eastern shore of Anderson Lake and about a mile from the depot in Seton Portage. The flag station was created in 1968.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts 5 attached cars which are nearest to the camera and belong to the "Bridge and Building" work train. They were set at the location for a week before travelling to Hanceville.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts a ballast car that was built in 1955. Behind it was a "Bridge and Buildings" work car or a former cattle car built in 1914.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts the rear portion of a southbound way freight on the passing loop in Seton Portage. Visible is a caboose with leaf springs.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts a northbound daily Budd passenger train (2-4 cars) crossing the Portage River (Seton River) over a bridge that was built three years before. The depot in Seton Portage was found 200 yards behind the camera.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts two "slave units" heading north after having been spliced into the middle of loaded southbound freight the previous day. Continous movement was performed daily.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts a steel-lined wreck train car that was used by work crews and consisted of a dining area, kitchen, sleeping quarters, and bathroom.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph taken at the end of the Pacific Great Eastern passing loop near the Portage River. Image captures the general view of a rail lifting train about to commence work. The train moved backwards at a slow walking pace and picked up rails. Tra...

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts a refrigerator car that was built in 1956. Davies notes that it was unusual, but not rare to see an old type of logo on the revenue cars. The car was used to transport weekly groceries on way freight northwards out of Vancouver ...

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts a north, upgrade, and mainly empty freight preceded by its "checking" speeder which was about to enter a crossing loop.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts a passing loop from main traffic as well as a spur for work cars and one frieght unloading loop (a box car on the left is standing on it).

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts an inspection automobile that was about to come off track and onto the road in order to investigate a large derailment at the switch on mile 139.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph taken at the depot in Seton Portage. A northbound Dayliner of 3 Budd cars that have stopped are visible. This train ran daily from North Vancouver to Lillooet.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts a rail lifting train consisting of a locomotive, crane, gondola car, flat, and caboose. The train was running backwards slowly and picking up train and loose track fastenings on the non-main line side of the passing loop.

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts a close up of a rail lifting train. 65 Ibs of rails were being placed in a gondola by the crane. The work crew consisted of: a crane driver, hook onto rail men (on ground), gondola, rail positioner, 2 men collecting track fasten...

PGE Seton Portage

Photograph depicts northbound freight passing Buntain's Flag Station. The lead locomotive was derailed a week later 2 mile east of the loaction at the east end of the Seton Portage passing loop. The locomotive was built by Montreal Locomotive...

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts a shoo-fly that had been built around the Seton Portage wreck. locomotive #703 had stood at this spot just before the switch when the cars of the southbound freight piled into it.

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts a Pacific Great Eastern working train approaching Seton Portage. It had been diverted from the derailment to fill in a burnt out wooden culvert on the edge of Anderson Lake.

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts the general view of a derailment, looking eastward. The derailed locomotive #703 was found beside a squashed box car. By this time, a PGE bulldozer had prepared a road bed for the wreck.

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts the interchange of passengers of a northbound dayliner around the wreckage of a derailment. Two budd car units from Vancouver can been seen in the background. Passengers were being transferred to a "scratch" train assembled...

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts the transfer of a Vancouveer to Lillooet dayliner to the unit made up at Lillooet wich consisted of a budd car, caboose and switcher. The scene of the Seton Portage derailment was found 100 yards behind the photo.

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts a crane #6501 in position to lift locomotive #703. It was about to re-rail one end of the locomotive. Image captured looking towards the south with the shoo-fly in the immediate foreground and Setan Lake in the background.

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts a close up view of the rear of the locomotive #703. It was stopped at the head of a freight onn the main line portion of the loop awaiting a southbound loaded freight. Its tracks were derailed, fuel tranks ruptures and a sliver of st...

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts the general view of the clean up of the derailment in Seton Portage. The track in which a speeder stands a gondola car with rolls were the two tracks of the loop. They were both severed and respliced in making the "second editio...

PGE wreck at Seton Portage

Photo depicts a distant view of the Seton Portage wreck,. Squamish Shops crane was standing on the minor line of the loop. The crane was self-propelled and after its launch it had broken its drive axle. This was replaced by a standard axle and, th...

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