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A.B. Sanderson and Company fonds

  • PR-2409
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1974

The fonds consists of records from A.B. Sanderson Company, Ltd., primarily regarding project proposals, construction calculations and plans for engineering projects. The fonds includes: correspondence, calculations, plans and drawings regarding engineering contracts; reference material for engineers; newspaper clippings and promotional material on the company; and personal records of Adrian Barclay Sanderson. The company’s focus was on bridges, and the records represent work on major projects such as the MacDonald-Cartier Bridge, the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge, and a number of Pacific Great Eastern Railway bridges.

In addition to bridges, the A.B. Sanderson Company was involved in a number of significant projects including the Mount Kobau observatory. Additional projects include the Esquimalt Sports Centre and the Mt. Tolmie Reservoir, as well as a number of schools, sports arenas, water treatment facilities, and industrial buildings on Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The records include inspection reports for the Canadian National Railway tunnels that connected the CNR lines to the Second Narrows rail bridge.

A. B. Sanderson was named as technical advisor to the Royal Commission inquiry into the Second Narrows Bridge collapse, and the records in this fonds related to the Second Narrows Bridge are primarily newspaper clippings and reports.

Financial records for the company were not in the custody of Ker, Priestman and Associates at the time of transfer and do not make up part of this fonds.

Oversize plans relating to specific jobs can often be found in containers 880055-0522 – 880055-0529, usually identified by the corresponding file or job code. An index to job numbers can be found in container 880059-1582.

A.B. Sanderson and Company Ltd.

Albert Beckman interview

RECORDED: Lillooet (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Albert Beckman, a veteran of CP Rail, joined the PGE in 1951. He worked as a conductor on the line through to his retirement in 1977, at which time he moved to Lillooet.;

Alexander Elesko interview

RECORDED: Lillooet (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Alexander Elesko joined the PGE in 1926, at the age of 14. He has worked in the kitchens, on the tracks, and on the trains. He retired from the position of locomotive engineer in 1972 and settled in L;illooet.;

Anthony L. Kos interview

RECORDED: Prince George (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Tony Kos: In 1949, Tony joined the railway's construction survey crew on the extension north of Quesnel. He left the railway, then returned soon after for the push north to the Peace River district. T;ony now owns and operates a contracting business in Prince George.;

Arnold William Malm interview

RECORDED: Lillooet (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Arnold Malm: A third generation PGE-er, Arnold took control of his first engine in 1959 at the age of 19. When he retired, in 1986, he was road foreman of engines, based in Lillooet.;

Austen Francis Howard-Gibbon interview

RECORDED: Prince George (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Austen Howard-Gibbon grew up at the Williams Lake station where his father, Charles, was station agent from 1929 to 1945. Austen, a lawyer, currently (as of 1986) lives in Prince George.;

Barge trip, Takla Lake

RECORDED: [location unknown], [196-] SUMMARY: TRACK 1: At a surveying camp for the PGE near Takla Lake, various men -- including Neil O'Neal, Frank Archibald, and Mark Norris -- talk with Imbert Orchard about rail lines, including life on a rail line, and the locations of several of Gun-an-noot's cabins. Then the sounds of traveling by barge are heard; Orchard narrates what he sees upon arriving at a camp near Takla Lake; and more sounds are heard. TRACK 2: The track starts with the sounds of a barge on Takla Lake and a description of events while traveling by barge to Stuart Lake. Orchard then comments about the scenery; the atmosphere and the voyage.

B.C. Rail Ltd. films and videotapes

  • GR-3356
  • Series
  • 1945, 1965, 1974-1987; predominantly 1974-1987

The fonds comprises 27 film or videotape titles produced by or for BC Rail Ltd. and its predecessors, the British Columbia Railway Company and the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE). The larger part of the material is 16 mm film, including original footage, printing elements, sound tracks and workprints and/or release prints for 19 productions. There are also 10 video titles, some of which duplicate the films. Other than two films made for the PGE in 1945-47 and 1964, most of the productons date from 1974-1987 and document the activities of BC Rail and the British Columbia Railway.. There are a number of training films produced for internal use, as well as films meant to promote the company. Many of the films were produced in the 1970s by Art Grinke, who was BC Rail's Supervisor of Audio-Visual Instruction.

BC Rail Ltd.

B.C. Rail oral history collection

  • PR-2001
  • Collection
  • 1986-1987

The collection consists of oral history interviews with former and current employees of B.C. Rail as well as residents living along the B.C. Rail lines.

BC Rail Ltd.

BC railway slide collection

  • PR-2341
  • Collection
  • 1950-1982

The collection consists of 583 colour slides taken between 1950 and 1982 by an unknown photographer. They mostly consist of images of the British Columbia Electric Railway, including cars, models and stations. There are also images of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway cars and stations, the Skagit River Railway as well as images of BC scenery. Most of the slides are identified and dated.

Ben Valde interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978-09-14 SUMMARY: Ben Valde, the retired head of engineering for the Pacific Great Eastern Railway and BC Railway, discusses his civil engineering training; his early experiences on the CNR (Prince George to Prince Rupert); and the development of engineering on the PGE.

Bordertown Publishing collection

  • PR-2282
  • Collection
  • 1886-1966 ; predominant 1920s-1950s

The collection consists of photographic negatives that mainly depict railway operations in western Canada, particularly British Columbia, from 1886 to 1966. The collection was accumulated from photographs shot or collected by Albert Paull, Roy Jennings and P.H. "Spike" Brown, as well as some other private collectors. These photographs document the history, equipment and operations of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railways, Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, and Pacific Great Eastern Railway. A wide range of subjects is depicted, including locomotives (steam, electric and diesel), rolling stock, snow plows, stations, water towers, trestles, bridges, right-of-way scenes, and interior views. In addition, there is a small group of industrial subjects, including images relating to the National Harbours Board, various collieries, the Victoria and Sidney Railway, and a number of lumber companies on Vancouver Island. The negatives are organized in five alpha-numeric series, using prefixes that indicate the subject railways -- CP, CN, EN, and PGE -- and IND (for industrial and miscellaneous subjects). The collection also contain a small amount of textual material, including two copies of Bordertown's published "Catalog No. 1" and two typescript copies of the complete Bordertown collection index, prepared in 1979. (See "Finding Aids", below.)

Bordertown Publishing

Britannia Mining and Smelting Company records

Records of Britannia Mining and Smelting Company and related companies, including annual reports, correspondence, accounting records, exploration reports, engineering plans, leases, contracts and agreements. The related companies include: Britannia Copper Syndicate, Britannia Smelting Company, Chelan Copper Mining Company, El Potosi Mining Company, Howe Sound Company, Howe Sound Exploration Company, Howe Sound Power Company Also included are records of Barbara Theatres and Britannia Beach Community Club.

British Columbia Railway Co.

Invoices, 1972, from the catering department of Woodward Stores, Vancouver, for grocery items supplied to the British Columbia Railway Company for the Premier's private railway car "Caribou" (formerly "Northern Summit").

Transferred from Modern History Division, British Columbia Provincial Museum, 1975.

British Columbia Railway Company

[Browning family collection, part 3] : [items 24 to 34]

Amateur film footage. This reel includes the following items:

  1. At Browning Lake cabin.
  2. Sports Day June 1932 St. Clare.
  3. Beach hotel after fire; log boom; rough day on Howe Sound -- December 1933.
  4. Wedding at Britannia, August 1933.
  5. California?, April 1935.
  6. July 1 1936 at townsite.
  7. Browning children & others at play, etc., [192-].
  8. Father Flanagan's boys' home and other New York locations, [ca. 1940].
  9. West coast forest.
  10. Beach May 24 1940.
  11. PGE Quesnel Cariboo mines 1933. A trip to the Cariboo via the steamboat "Lady Alexandra" and the PGE railway. Quesnel, Barkerville, 70 Mile House. The Cariboo Quartz and Island Mountain Mines (?). Fraser Canyon views.

Charles D. Marlatt interview

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Charles (Bud) Marlatt joined in 1958 to supervise the railway's new microwave system. When he retired, in 1981, he was B.C. Rail's chief of communications.;

Charlie Midnight interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], [197-?] SUMMARY: An oral history interview with Charlie Midnight, who worked for 52 years on the PGE as an engine driver. He talks about having Princess Margaret as a passenger in 1958 (including RCMP security), steam engines, snowslides, derailments, Prince George arrival, parties and whisky.

Commission on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway records

  • GR-0799
  • Series
  • 1914-1924

This series consists of records of the Commission on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, 1924. The records consist of letter patent appointing the commissioner, Provincial Secretary's correspondence file Pi 9/24 (which contains the petition requesting the inquiry), transcripts of evidence presented at proceedings and the commissioner's original signed report. Also included are several Provincial Secretary files, 1914, relating to the following railways: Canadian Northern, Canadian Northern Pacific, Kettle Valley, Pacific Great Eastern, and Dolly Varden.

British Columbia. Commission on the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (1924)

Correspondence and other material

  • GR-1311
  • Series
  • 1946-1947

This series contains correspondence and briefs submitted to the Executive Council. It includes applications and appeals pertaining to the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, Seaboard Distributors Ltd., Blunden Harbour Land Company Ltd., and sundry miscellaneous organizations.

British Columbia. Executive Council

Daniel Lawrence McMullan fonds

  • PR-2337
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1946

The fonds consists of three photograph albums created by Donald Lawrence McMullan between 1928 and 1946. The photographs document his work on forest survey teams for both the provincial and federal governments, as well as surveys conducted by logging and railroad companies.

The first two albums contain photographs from several survey jobs, arranged chronologically. They are divided into sections with an introductory page and a cartographic drawing showing where the particular survey took place. The photographs are usually dated with captions and are as follows:
Album 1 (1928-1933)
Amiskwi and Beaverfoot survey, 1928, Forest Service, Dept. of the Interior, Canada
P.G.E. resources survey, 1929, Forest Resources Branch, British Columbia
Preliminary survey of a proposed logging railroad, 1930, Bloedel, Stewart & Welch Ltd. logging company
Elk Forest survey, 1930, British Columbia Forest Service
North Kamloops Survey, 1931, British Columbia Survey Branch
Railway belt survey, 1932, British Columbia Forest Service
Railroad logging operation, 1933, Industrial Timber Mills Ltd.
Album 2 (1934-1939):
Surveys for logging railroads, 1934-1935, UBO Industrial Timber Mills Ltd.
Kettle Forest Survey, 1935, British Columbia Forest Service
E&N Survey, 1936-1937
Harrison Survey, 1939

The third album, created between 1940 and 1946, contains photographs from McMullan's later career and show general forestry activities on Vancouver Island, mainland British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska. Captions and dates are inconsistently applied.

The fonds also includes a copy of McMullan's thesis entitled "The Work of the Surveys Division: British Columbia Forest Service" written in 1932 during McMullan's studies at the University of British Columbia. This thesis is illustrated with five b&w prints and an annotated map. Also included in the fonds is a notice of permanent appointment to the British Columbia civil service dated March 25, 1937 with attached salary schedule and a letter to McMullan dated January 20, 1938 regarding a new classification grading system for Foresters.

McMullan, Daniel Lawrence

Donald W. McKinnon interview

RECORDED: Prince George (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Don McKinnon was with the PGE from 1945 until 1965 when he joined Northwood Pulp and Paper in Prince George. Don was station agent at a number of locations, including Pemberton and Prince George. Don ;is now retired in Prince George and does not live in a green house.;

Doug Christie interview

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1986 SUMMARY: Doug Christie retired in January 1986 after 27 years as terminal supervisor at Fort St. John. He spent 30 years with the railway.;

Ed Aldridge interview

CALL NUMBER: T4310:0001 RECORDED: Squamish (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Ed Aldridge joined the PGE railway in 1938 as the gas mechanic in the Squamish shops. He retired in November 1968 in Squamish.;

CALL NUMBER: T4310:0002 track 1 RECORDED: Squamish (B.C.), 1986 SUMMARY: Continuation of interview with Ed Aldridge.;

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