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David Davies Railway Collection

  • 2013.6
  • Collection
  • [before 2020]

The David Davies Railway Collection encompasses all facets of railway history specifically in the province of British Columbia and the Yukon territory. The collection consists of research material accumulated over the course of more than fifty yea...

Wartime Freight

File consists of:Canadian Rail issue no. 447 (July-August 1995) which is devoted to Canada's Railways in World War IIArticle by David Davies, "Wartime Freight in BC in WWII, 1939-1945"Summary piece by David Davies, "What happen...


Series consists of research material regarding rail freight in British Columbia and in general. Includes information about freight statistics, freight customers in BC, freight revenue, less-than-carload service, types of freight loads, freight loa...

CNR BC timetables 2, 7, 10, and 28

File consists of CNR British Columbia District time tables:Timetable 2 (1 Oct. 1922) - Photocopy, completeTimetable 7 (15 Nov. 1925) - Photocopy, incomplete (includes only Albreda, Clearwater, and Kamloops Subdivisions)Timetable 10 (8 Jan. 1933) -...

GTPR bridge at Prince George

File consists of research material relating to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway bridge at Prince George. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, excerpts from books, and clippings from periodicals. Includes the following works: "Not...

Portable steam engine

Photograph shows a portable engine at Gang Ranch on the Fraser River. The engine was made by Robert Bell Engine and Thresher Company, Seaforth, Ontario.


Series consists of graphic material depicting railways in British Columbia. Includes prints, negatives, and postcards.

Cultural interpretations of railways

File consists of material regarding cultural interpretations of railways, such as railway-related movies, poetry, drama, and art. Predominantly consists of photocopy reproductions, pamphlets, excerpts from books, clippings from periodicals, a Chri...

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...

BCER Granville Island

Photograph depicts a railing lane running west between Johnston Street and Cartwright Street. It lead to General Machinary Ltd which is found on the left. Davie notes it had a spur, lighter rail beyond the switches and poor track.

CNR Prince George

Photograph depicts a rail bridge over the Fraser River. Canter levelled on both sides were vehicle roadways which ceased to be used in 1987 when a new road bridge was supposed to be completed. The right lane took cars into the city of Prince George.

CNR Kamloops

Photograph depicts the Kamloops Indian Reserve spur on the north side of the Thompson River. Looking south of the Red Bridge. Image displays part of the depot line built in 1915.

Saw mill yard

Photograph depicts a sawmill yard at CPR yard adjacent to barge slip at the end of the branch line. Slocan Lake is in the distance.

CPR roundhouse at False Creek yards

Photograph depicts a CPR roundhouse at the False Creek yards in Vancouver. The tender of stored locomotive #2860 is protruding, as the house cannot taken the length of this locomotive. Locomotive #2860 is a 4-6-4 Royal Hudson, built in 1940 at th...

Davies Historical Photographs

Subseries consists of prints and negatives depicting railways in British Columbia, as well as a small selection of other subjects such as historical ships, buildings, vehicles, and bridges. All photographs created by David Davies.

Velocipede beside track

Photograph depicts a velocipede north of C.P.R. track and immediately west of Port Hammond in the Fraser Valley. These three-wheeled hand/foot powered track vehicles were mostly used by track patrolmen.

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