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Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection
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Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

  • 2002.1
  • Collectie
  • 1887-1999

The Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Society Collection consists primarily of textual, photographic, and cartographic records related to the regional developments of the railway industry in Northern BC. A predominant portion of the collection is made up of material from the Canadian National Railway; other railways represented include the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, the British Columbia Railway (BC Rail), the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the Grand Trunk Railway, the Intercolonial Railway, and the Okanagan Express. Significant geographical areas covered include Prince George, the Peace River Region, Terrace, Bulkley Valley, Hazelton and Prince Rupert.

The forestry industry is represented in the collection with operational and financial records from Fyfe Lake Sawmill Ltd., which operated southwest of Prince George in the 1950s.

The collection has been organized into series according to creator, each of which also has been arranged to subseries, file and item level, where applicable. This collection consists of eight series, as follows:

1) Canadian National Railway
2) Grand Trunk Railway
3) Pacific Great Eastern Railway
4) British Columbia Railway (BC Rail)
5) Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
6) Intercolonial Railway
7) Fyfe Lake Sawmill ltd.
8) PGRFM
9) Photographs

Canadian National Railways Series

The Canadian National Railway series consists of administrative records, safety records, correspondence between departments, labour records, records pertaining to train movements, maintenance records, and ephemera. Includes publications concerning the topics of unionized labour, railway operation, maintenance of way, handling of hazardous materials, safety, public interest, and the two Royal Tours of 1939 and 1959. Also consists of maps and technical drawings depicting Canadian National Rail lines and equipment.

Canadian National Railway

Publications

Subseries contains publications intended for employees and the general public, produced by Canadian National Railways, concerning labour unions, uniform code, operating rules, maintenance of way, general instructions, examination material, handling of hazardous material, operating guides, safety, and the Royal Tours of 1939 and 1959.

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway

The Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway series consists of administrative records, correspondence between railways, and ephemera. Also consists of maps and technical drawings depicting Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway rail lines and structures.

Maps and plans

Subseries contains maps and technical drawings produced by Grand Trunk and Grand Trunk Pacific Railways. Predominantly consists of plans of the rail line in the BC area. Also includes technical drawings of Grand Trunk Railway structures.

View of the CNR bridge

The CN Rail Bridge is a truss bridge over the Fraser River. It was built in 1914 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and is therefore also known as the "GTP Bridge". The Canadian National (CN) Railway Company took over the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1919.

Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE)

Pacific Great Eastern Railway series consists of correspondence between departments, records pertaining to train movements, and ephemera. Series includes publications concerning the topics of unionized labour, railway operation, and public interest. Also consists of maps and technical drawings depicting Pacific Great Eastern Railway lines and structures.

Pacific Great Eastern Railway

Publications

Subseries contains publications intended for employees and the general public, produced by Pacific Great Eastern Railway, concerning labour unions, operating guides, and brochures.

Maps and plans

Subseries contains maps and technical drawings produced Pacific Great Eastern Railways. Predominantly consists of plans of the rail line in the B.C. area. Also includes technical drawings of Pacific Great Eastern Railway structures.

British Columbia Railway (BCR)

The British Columbia Railway (BC Rail) series consists of promotional ephemera material, employee time tables, fare rates and multiple forms, used and unused, pertaining to daily train movements and BCR operations. Several employee manuals, employee examination material, employee seniority listings, and union agreements are also contained within. Three plans detail various BC Rail sites.

British Columbia Railway

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) series consists of materials documenting CPR operations in British Columbia from 1927-1996. Series includes correspondence, time tables, publications and ephemera used or created by Canadian Pacific. Also comprises tariff and freight materials developed by Canadian National Railways and the Canadian Freight Association used by Canadian Pacific.

Canadian Pacific Railway

Miscellaneous railway history material

This series consists of material created by various societies, companies, railways, unions and government branches for the use and instruction of railway companies and employees. Includes publications, time tables, training materials, union materials, forms, maps and plans related to rail operations in North and South America, but predominately related to Canadian railway operations. Also comprises material created by several American and Canadian railways and transportation companies.

Employee time books

Subseries contains employee time books and payroll ledgers developed by various companies and union groups for the use of rail workers and railways. Includes a time and payroll ledger used by Magofin Bergh & co., a railway construction contractor.

Union material

Subseries contains publications and charters developed by various unions representing Canadian and American railway workers. Includes union newspapers, pamphlets, constitutions, medical and dental plan information, and union ephemera.

Publications

Subseries contains publications created for the use of railroads in North and South America. Includes publications pertaining to railway equipment, machinery, safety, maintenance and other subjects related to railway industry and labour.

Ephemera

Subseries contains ephemera created and used by various railways and railway associations. Includes invitations, pamphlets, advertisements, a petition, and other ephemera materials related to railways in North America.

Fyfe Lake Sawmill

The Fyfe Lake Sawmill series consists of administrative, financial, and operational records created by Fyfe Lake Sawmills. The series includes labour, logging, sale, and order records. Also comprises correspondence between Fyfe Lake Fir and a number of individuals, organizations and companies. Records created by the Northern Interior Lumberman’s Association, equipment manuals, and instructional publications that were collected and used by Fyfe Lake are also included.

Fyfe Lake Sawmill

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