Subseries 2002.1.9.2 - PGE R.A. Harlow photographs

Group photo at the PGE rail head in Prince George Three children looking at the first PGE train to arrive in Prince George BC from Squamish BC Track layer at work on the PGE railroad PGE passenger train with "Williams Lake" banner PGE passenger train with "Hello" sign on front View of the CNR bridge View of the CNR bridge as seen from a playground House in "the Cache" surrounded by water and ice Pile driver pumping water from the train station Plowing ice in the CN Railway yard in Prince George, BC during the Nechako River flood Distant view of ice closing in around the CNR bridge at Prince George Ice jam upstream from Nechako River bridge Ice in the CN Railway yard in Prince George due to the Nechako River floo Plowing ice in the CN Railway yard in Prince George due to the Nechako River flood Close up of ice jam under the Nechako Bridge Ice on the CNR yard in Prince George Snow and ice on the tracks at the CN Railway yard in Prince George Men shoveling the snow and ice off tracks at the CN Railway yard in Prince George Men shoveling the snow and ice off tracks at the CN Railway yard in Prince George Poling a utility car across flooded CNR tracks Five men standing in flood water beside a utility car on the CNR tracks Flood waters covering CN tracks and almost submerging telegraph lines east of Prince George Small flatcar loaded with four men and a speeder Four men trekking along the CNR line to view the disappearing track along the Skeena River Close up view of a portion of the CNR line that is disappearing along the Skeena River Close up view of a portion of the CNR line that is disappearing along the Skeena River Close up view of a portion of the CNR line that is disappearing along the Skeena River Unloading supplies next to a disappearing section of CNR line Flooding at the CNR yard at Prince George Two unidentified men standing on a snowy 'berm' in the flooded CNR yard at Prince George Two unidentified men standing on a railroad snow plow connected to the front of a train which is ... Flooded CNR yard at Prince George Four unidentified men standing on a railroad snow plow connected to the front of a train which is... Four unidentified men standing on a railroad snow plow connected to GTP train no. 218 which is ru... Overview of trains traversing through the flooded and frozen CNR yard at Prince George Flood waters at or near the Pacific Station on the Skeena River Flood waters at or near the Pacific Station on the Skeena River Flood waters at or near the Pacific Station on the Skeena River Flood waters at or near the Pacific Station on the Skeena River Group photo of twenty-one men standing on top of a railcar situated within a flooded CNR yard at ... Submerged house at Pacific Station on the Skeena River Pacific Station rail yards as flood was receding Flooded buildings at the Pacific Station on the Skeena River Two unidentified men surveying the flood waters at or near the Pacific Station on the Skeena River The last big blast, Prince Rupert, BC The last big blast, Prince Rupert, BC Harlow and men in office Unidentified creek running through a forested area Three children on the back of a cow being held by two unidentified men Unidentified riverside community situated at the base of a forested mountain
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PGE R.A. Harlow photographs

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on creator and collector of the photographs.
  • Attributions and conjectures: R.A. Harlow is believed to be responsible for taking those loose photos which possess a “snap-shot” quality while all others are the stamped on the verso with the marking of H.H. Douglas, a prolific Prince George commercial photographer. As an aside, Douglas had much of his work destroyed in a fire at his Third Ave. store (H.H. Douglas & Company Stationers) on New Years Eve, 1950. R.A.’s brother, Edward (Ned) Harlow, a Civil Engineer on the GTP during construction, who was also Resident Engineer on the project when the railway bridge across the Fraser River at Prince George was built, is the photographer responsible for the photographs found in the photo album.

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2002.1.9.2

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  • 1910-1974 (Creation)
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    Harlow, Roland Alden

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132 photographs : b&w

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(22 March 1889 - 4 July 1978)

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R.A. Harlow was born in Brewer, Maine on March 22, 1889 and died in Kelowna, BC on July 4, 1978 at 89 years of age. At the time of his death, Harlow was a retired roadmaster for CNR.

R.A. Harlow was a member of the surveying party for the Grand Trunk Pacific (GTP) Railway c.1911 and later worked on the Pacific Great Eastern (PGE) Railway as a Resident Engineer. While with the PGE, he was part of the engineering party which, on April 7, 1914, set the finish point stake and measured the required distance to the starting points for the two track-layer crews (East vs. West) who would race to the finish line. The West end crew cut and placed the last rail in place on the line after which PGE President E.J. Chamberlain drove in the last spike. After this historic driving in of the “last spike” on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway one mile east of Fort Fraser, R.A. Harlow was then commissioned to take a small can of white paint and a brush and inscribe the following notation onto the flange of the 11ft. last rail: “Point of Completion April 7th, 1914”. This marked piece of rail was later taken up, shipped to Winnipeg and sliced into quarter-inch-thick pieces which were polished, suitably engraved and distributed among railway officers as paper-weights. One of these commemorative pieces is at the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum. Aside from his involvement with the driving in of the “last spike”, R. A. Harlow was also intrinsically involved with the arrival of the first PGE train into Prince George from Squamish in 1952.

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Consists of 47 black and white photographs; 1 photo album containing approximately 85 photographs; newspaper clippings; and some miscellaneous items.

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Personal or academic use of photographic materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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Part of the Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection (PGRFM Collection)

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