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Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection
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Hand car

Photo depicts two men on a hand car: handwritten descriptor with photo reads: "Hand car photo, Chicken Lake (now Lake Kathlyn just west of Smithers on CN mainline; was the Grand Trunk Pacific ice house. Sunday March 14th, 19__."

Arch-logging truck dragging a large load of logs uphill on a snowy road

Photograph depicts an Arch-logging truck dragging a large load of logs, uphill on a snowy road. Notes on envelope read: " Arch-logging truck, Barney Creek, Summit Lake east of Highway 97. Maximum negotiable grade1/2 % up to 3/4 % for short distances (100 yards)." The truck in this image is a 1962 Pacific model SUD-A serial number T6261-192, purchased by Church Sawmills of McGregor River, BC. The truck was delivered October 16, 1962 came equipped with a Cummins NH250 engine, 5 speed main transmission and 4 speed auxiliary with power tower (for running the winch on the arch).

Arch truck logging

Photograph depicts an Arch logging truck. The truck in this image is a 1962 Pacific model SUD-A serial number T6261-192, purchased by Church Sawmills of McGregor River, BC. The truck was delivered October 16, 1962 came equipped with a Cummins NH250 engine, 5 speed main transmission and 4 speed auxiliary with power tower (for running the winch on the arch).

Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

  • 2002.1
  • Collectie
  • 1887-1999

The Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Society Collection consists primarily of textual, photographic, and cartographic records related to the regional developments of the railway industry in Northern BC. A predominant portion of the collection is made up of material from the Canadian National Railway; other railways represented include the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, the British Columbia Railway (BC Rail), the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the Grand Trunk Railway, the Intercolonial Railway, and the Okanagan Express. Significant geographical areas covered include Prince George, the Peace River Region, Terrace, Bulkley Valley, Hazelton and Prince Rupert.

The forestry industry is represented in the collection with operational and financial records from Fyfe Lake Sawmill Ltd., which operated southwest of Prince George in the 1950s.

The collection has been organized into series according to creator, each of which also has been arranged to subseries, file and item level, where applicable. This collection consists of eight series, as follows:

1) Canadian National Railway
2) Grand Trunk Railway
3) Pacific Great Eastern Railway
4) British Columbia Railway (BC Rail)
5) Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
6) Intercolonial Railway
7) Fyfe Lake Sawmill ltd.
8) PGRFM
9) Photographs

Miscellaneous railway history material

This series consists of material created by various societies, companies, railways, unions and government branches for the use and instruction of railway companies and employees. Includes publications, time tables, training materials, union materials, forms, maps and plans related to rail operations in North and South America, but predominately related to Canadian railway operations. Also comprises material created by several American and Canadian railways and transportation companies.

Miscellaneous forestry photographs

Consists of photographs depicting various forestry and forestry railway scenes, including early sawmills, Church Logging (Prince George) logging trucks, the Eagle Lake Spruce Mills (Giscome) railway locomotive and train cars loaded with logs, early logging with horse-drawn skids, an aerial of Eagle Lake Spruce Mills, among others.

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway

The Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway series consists of administrative records, correspondence between railways, and ephemera. Also consists of maps and technical drawings depicting Grand Trunk Railway and Grand Trunk Pacific Railway rail lines and structures.

Photographs

Consists of photographs depicting the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, the British Columbia Railway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Canadian National Railway. Also includes photographs of various forestry-related scenes.

Ephemera

Subseries contains ephemera created and used by various railways and railway associations. Includes invitations, pamphlets, advertisements, a petition, and other ephemera materials related to railways in North America.

Maps and plans

Subseries contains maps and technical drawings produced by Grand Trunk and Grand Trunk Pacific Railways. Predominantly consists of plans of the rail line in the BC area. Also includes technical drawings of Grand Trunk Railway structures.

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