Fonds PR-1252 - British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds

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British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds

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  • moving images

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  • 1861-1967 (Creation)
    British Columbia Electric Railway Company

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49.7 m of textual records and other material

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The British Columbia Electric Railway Company was formed in 1897 through the amalgamation of a number of electric street railways and electric power facilities in Vancouver, Victoria, and New Westminster. The BCER operated numerous subsidiary companies to provide streetcar and electric services. In 1926 a corporate reorganization resulted in the establishment of a new holding company, British Columbia Electric Power and Gas Company.

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The fonds consists of records of the Victoria Office of the British Columbia Electric Railway created between 1861 and 1967 and includes financial records, correspondence, photographs, maps and films.

Fonds includes financial records of the Victoria Gas Company (1861-1904), the Victoria Illuminating Company (1887-1890), and the National Electric Tramway and Lighting Company (1889-1944) as well as business records of the Vancouver Island Power Company (1910-1944). It also includes an engineer's report on relay protection of the high tension transmission systems of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company prepared by Westinghouse (1923), various maps and plans and twelve historical films created for the 1958 Centennial.

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The records were transferred in multiple accessions from BC Hydro.

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Archives code(s): MS-0004; CM/Z21, MS-0494; MS-1321; MS-1956; CM/A1091, MS-2969, MS-2970, MS-3244.

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Accession number(s): 74A-303, 76-119, MS-0004, 81-006, F1980:205-215, 198101-013,198201-086; 198303-019.

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Includes 2504 photographs, 27 maps, 12 films and 1 object.

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