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Intermodal and container cars

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

Lights, hands, whistles

File consists of research material regarding railroad communication signals, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on universal hand signals, locomotive wh...

Labour relations and unions

File consists of research material regarding railway labour relations and unions, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on the unionization process, the Un...

CPR - General

Subseries consists of general material regarding the Canadian Pacific Railway in both Canada and British Columbia. Includes information about the history of CPR, chronologies, statistics, CPR management and administration, and publicity. Also incl...

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.

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 Ch...

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 S...

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 &...

Bridges

Series consists of articles, clippings, and other research material regarding railway bridges in British Columbia. Includes information about fixed span bridges, drawbridges, moveable span bridges, and trestles. Also includes details about specifi...

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 Westminst...

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, map...

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, ...

Railway gardens

File consists of research material regarding railway gardens (usually located next to railway stations), which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on railway g...

Trackside and miscellaneous

File consists of research material regarding trackside operations, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals (mainly model railroading magazines). Includes information on track fitm...

Signs

File consists of research material regarding railway signs, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on "tell-tales" that mark restricted clearances...

Maintenance of Way

Series consists of material related to maintenance-of-way on British Columbia railways. Includes information about track sections, track vehicles, mechanized maintenance, and animals on railway tracks.

Animals on railway tracks

File consists of research material regarding issues with animals on railway tracks, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes incidents involving elephants, moose, cattle,...

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, wed...

Steam locomotives

File consists of research material regarding steam locomotives in general, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on locomotive function, design, types, per...

Other owners of steam locomotives

File consists of research material regarding steam locomotives operated in British Columbia by owners other than CNR and CPR, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes inf...

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 l...

Budd cars and earlier self-propelled coaches

File consists of research material regarding Budd cars (rail diesel cars) and earlier self-propelled coaches, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on car ...

Passenger Cars

Subseries consists of material related to passenger cars. Includes information about rail diesel cars (Budd cars), baggage coaches, diner cars, Pullman/sleeper cars, observation cars, business cars, private coaches, and other passenger coaches. Al...

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.

Freight cars in general

File consists of research material regarding freight cars in general, including statistics, general reviews, and their evolution and historical development. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from...

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, exce...

Refrigerator cars

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

Woodchip cars

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

Controlling Movement

Series consists of material regarding the control of movement on British Columbia railways. Includes information about control systems, dispatching, schedules, telegraph lines, telephone systems, radio, timing, train orders, semaphore, searchlight...

Train order stations: Hooping-up

File consists of research material regarding train order stations, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on train order boards, hooping up, and throwing down.

Railway work forces in general

File consists of research material regarding railway work forces, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on locomotive engineer qualification, work ethic, r...

Job categories and job titles

File consists of research material regarding railway job categories and job titles, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on conductors, dispatchers, build...

Signals: Semaphore and searchlight

File consists of research material regarding train signalling, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on use of semaphore, searchlights, signal bridges, mea...

Training, safety, and recruitment

File consists of research material regarding railway training, safety, and recruitment, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on sleep deprivation, trainin...

Survey and Construction

Series consists of material regarding railway survey and construction in British Columbia. Includes information about construction statistics, surveying and tendering, construction methods, contractors, and equipment. Also includes details about t...

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 articl...

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 tunne...

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 Columb...

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