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Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway, Courtenay

Photograph depicts Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway trackage in Courtenay. In another 200 yards, it was the northerly point the railway ever reached. Both lines were not in use north of the Courtenay station. The line on the left was the main one, while the one on the right was an industrial spur or siding.

May Day Parade in Nanaimo

Photograph depicts the Sea Cadets Corps Amphion of Nanaimo marching in the 1970 Nanaimo May Day Parade near Comox Road. The Corps is doing a "Present Arms" and are in "Close March" formation. This is a salute, likely as they pass the parade review platform. The newly built Tally-Ho Lodge is in the background, suggesting that the Corps is marching south on Terminal Ave. at Comox Road intersection, having just crossed the Millstream Bridge. Terminal Ave. is also the official Trans-Canada Highway (1962-1971), which was still very new at this time.

Pioneer Sash and Door Company Ltd.

Photograph depicts Pioneer Sash and Door Company Ltd. Davies suggests that it may have been the same as S.C. Smith Ltd., which commenced operating in Vernon in 1883. In the early days, products were verandah posters, balusters, and fancy trim. Most products were sent to the U.S. Most of the fancy trim in early north Okanagan homes came from this plant. In 1972, its main output was cedar panelling for Florida.

CPR depot at Proctor, BC

Photograph depicts the CPR depot at Proctor, located at mile 117.5 from Cranbrook on the Nelson Subdivision. David Davies notes: "The view is looking east and shows the spur at right leading to a barge slip on Kootenay Lake. The majority of the spur rails here are dated 1908-1910." An updated description provided by a subject expert suggests that this view is actually looking west.

Water car on the CPR line at Nelson

Photograph depicts water car #415319 standing on a little used spur in Nelson. It consists of a locomotive tender mounted on a flat car. It could be used as a firefighting unit, but it is merely lettered "service."

C.P.R. eastbound freight train at Illecillewaet

Photograph depicts a C.P.R. eastbound freight train at passing loop at Illecillewaet, between Rogers Pass and Revelstoke. The April 25, 1965 CPR Employee timetable lists the mileage at Illecillewaet as 98.2 with a siding capacity of 85 cars. The view in this photograph is taken from a string of work cars on the siding.

Boston Bar in the Fraser Canyon

Photograph depicts the North Bend Ferry (Aerial Cage) at Boston Bar in the Fraser Canyon. The capacity of the aerial cage is 1 car or truck, or 40 passengers. Vehicle height clearance: 12 feet. Load-limit: 3 tons gross. Schedule: On call 24 hours. Rates: Car with driver, 25 cents; truck with driver, 50 cents; passenger, 5 cents.

Bridge over south Thompson River

Photograph depicts the bridge over the south Thompson River at Squilax where the road connects Squilax Village with a First Nations reservation on the north bank (photo background). The overhead truss in the center span was created to give clearance to paddle sternwheelers.

Bridge over the north Thompson River

Photograph depicts the bridge over the north Thompson River at Barriere, 40 miles north of Kamloops. View is looking towards the east bank. A new bridge is being built half a mile upstream and just awaiting decking.

Bridge over Powell Lake

Photograph depicts a bridge over Powell Lake, directly behind Powell River town. The bridge is in poor condition and being replaced by steel bridge at right (just off the picture).

Patullo Bridge, New Westminster

Photograph depicts the rail connections below the north bank of the Patullo Bridge in New Westminster. The track in the foreground belongs to C.N. and the flyover foreground rail bridge belongs to the B.C. Electric Railway. The flyover background rail bridge is shared by the Great Northern Rail and C.N. Rail.

Alexandra Bridge, Fraser Canyon

Photograph depicts the Alexandra Bridge in the Fraser Canyon. It is closed to traffic but is possible to drive a vehicle across but the road is blocked on the east bank. The bridge is in good condition. Photo looks east.

Alexandra Bridge, Fraser Canyon

Photograph depicts the Alexandra Bridge in the Fraser Canyon. The view is looking northeast and depicts the Fraser River running downstream to the right of the photo. There is First Nations salmon net pole in the bottom left-hand corner.

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