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Glacier House and Great Glacier, BC

Postcard depicts Glacier House and Great Glacier House built in 1886 as one of three similar hotels, the other two being Mt. Stephen House in Field, and Fraser Canyon Hotel in North Bend. Business fell off rapidly in 1916 when tracks were relocated into a new tunnel. Buildings were demolished in 1930.

Train outside snowshed, Glacier, BC

Postcard depicts a train oustide a snowshed in Glacier, BC. It was thought the view was looking south with Glacier Hotel in the middle distance at the head of the 180 degree loop. Outside trackage was built alongside sheds in the summit area of Rogers Pass.

Canadian Rockies, Illecillewaet, glacier from the railway

Postcard depicts Illecillewaet Glacier from the Railway. "One of the chief attractions for tourists is the Illecillewaet Glacier, and, while not the largest in the Canadian Rockies, it is the most accessible and in every way representative of these most interesting natural phenomena. A trip across its face leaves a lasting impression on one's memory. The Illecillewaet River takes its rise from the great glacier of the Selkirks."

Sicamous Hotel, Sicamous, B.C.

Postcard depicts Sicamous Station and Hotel, circa 1910. "Sicamous became a favorite statring point for fishermen to the Shuswap Lake and junction for the fruit growing Okanagan Valley. The first station in Sicamous, built in 1890, burned down in 1900. A new one was built, modernized in 1908, and torn down in the 1960s."


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

Illecillewaet Valley

Postcard depicts Illecillewaet Valley. Taken adjacent to snowsheds and the second crossing of the Illecillewaet River. It had the appearance of being the location for a safety switch and spur to divert a runaway train that had come down the "Loop" from Glacier Station.

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 years, and includes monographs, periodicals, articles, clippings, railway timetables, photographs, maps and plans, and excerpts. Material covers public, tourist, and private (industrial) railways, including: CPR, KVR, E&N; CNR, CNoR, GTPR; and PGER, BCR. The collection excludes material regarding streetcar systems and rapid transit, but includes long distance electric interurbans.

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