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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...

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...

Water delivery structures

File consists of research material regarding railway water delivery structures, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes schematic drawings of water delivery structures; ...

Ice storage sheds and ice harvesting

File consists of research material regarding ice storage sheds and ice harvesting, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following pieces compiled by Davies: &quo...

Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway (E&N) stations

File consists of research material regarding Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway (E&N) stations in British Columbia, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on...

Vancouver terminals

File consists of research material regarding railway terminals in Vancouver, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on Pacific Central Station (VIA, Amtrak,...

Turnouts

File consists of research material regarding turnouts, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on switch stands, turnout configurations, and targets.

Ties

File consists of research material regarding rail ties, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on date nails, wood ties, disposal of creosote ties, concrete...

Gradients

File consists of research material regarding gradients, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes an article by Donald Purdy entitled "Memories of CPR's Kootenay...

Manufacturers of track vehicles (pre-1960s era)

File consists of material regarding manufacturers of track vehicles before 1960, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on vehicles manufactured by Fairmont...

Snow Removal

Series consists of material regarding snow removal on British Columbia railways. Includes information about snow removal operations, snow removal equipment, and rotary snow plows.

Steam to diesel transition period

File consists of research material regarding the transition period from steam locomotives to diesel locomotives, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on t...

Diesel Locomotives

Subseries consists of research material relating to diesel locomotives that were used or are currently in use on British Columbia railways. Includes information about the evolution of diesel locomotives, manufacturers, booster locomotives, switche...

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 diesel...

Passenger coaches in general

File consists of research material regarding passenger cars in general, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information on rail diesel cars (RDC/Budd car), baggage c...

CPR, CNR, and BCR boxcars

File consists of research material regarding boxcars owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, and BC Rail. 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 ...

Non-Revenue Cars

Subseries consists of material related to non-revenue cars, which include cabooses, handcars, maintenance-of-way cars, track testers, railway cranes, pile drivers, ditchers, ballast spreaders, flangers, service cars, and work trains. More informat...

General railway histories

File consists of general railway histories of British Columbia or Canada, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions from books and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following articles: "The Changing Role of Railways in the...

British Columbia province-wide and regional maps

File consists of provincial and regional maps of British Columbia relating to railways, which consist of photocopy reproductions from books and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes a series of articles by Davies published in The Sandhouse entitled...

Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) maps

File consists of maps of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) trackage in British Columbia, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of CPR track in various B.C. cities (Armstrong, Cranbrook, Greenwood, ...

Maps of Vancouver Island Railways

File consists of maps of railway trackage in Vancouver Island, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of track in various cities on Vancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Duncan, Parksville, Qualicum, ...

General

Series consists of general histories, statistics, and sources for railway subjects, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions and clippings from periodicals. Most documents are Canada-wide in scope.

Researching railway history

File consists of resources for undertaking railway history research. Includes tips from Davies on researching railway history, a 1971 draft of Davies' "Historical Summary - Railways in British Columbia", and perpetual calendars.

Railway statistics of British Columbia

File consists of railway related statistics for British Columbia, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions from books and clippings from periodicals. Includes statistics for PGE, BC Rail, Vancouver Island logging railroads, CNR, shor...

B.C. lower mainland maps

File consists of maps of British Columbia lower mainland relating to railways, which consist of photocopy reproductions from books and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of the BCER; historic railways of the Mission, Abbotsford and Huntingd...

Canadian National Railway (CNR) maps

File consists of maps of the Canadian National Railway (CNR) trackage in British Columbia, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of CNR track in various B.C. cities (Kamloops, Smithers, Lytton, Terr...

Great Northern Railway (GNR) maps

File consists of maps of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) trackage in British Columbia, which consist of photocopy reproductions and hand drawn works by Davies. Includes maps of GNR track in various B.C. cities (Grand Forks); maps of GNR track at ...

Sources

Subseries consists of sources for railway history research. Includes bibliographies, glossaries, research guides, and indexes.

Histories and Statistics

Subseries consists of general histories and statistics of British Columbia and Canada. Includes monographs and periodicals that provide background information for British Columbia railway history research.

Maps and Plans

Series consists of province-wide and regional maps of British Columbia that show railway trackage or otherwise relate to railways. Includes plans of railway structures, trackage, and buildings built in British Columbia by railway companies. Contai...

Oversize Material

Series consists of large format maps and plans relating to railways in British Columbia and Canada. Also includes oversize documents.

Sources for railway subjects

File consists of general references for railway topics, which predominantly consist of photocopy reproductions and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following articles: "Come Ride the Train: The Story of the National Railway Historical...

Rolling Stock

Series consists of articles, clippings, and other research material related to rolling stock used on British Columbia railways. Although the term “rolling stock” encompasses all vehicles that move on a railway, some material regarding rolling stoc...

People and railways

File consists of material regarding the relationships between people and railways. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, pamphlets, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes information about railways and Remembran...

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