Series MS-3332 - Kettle Valley Railway photographs

[Rail yard with cars] [Rail construction; toppled car] [Rail construction; toppled car] [CPR train cars] [Railway ties]

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Kettle Valley Railway photographs

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William Gordon McGregor

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  • [193-?]-1955 (Creation)
    McGregor, William Gordon

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130 photographs : b&w

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William Gordon McGregor was born in Kelowna in 1914. He married Ruby Traviss in 1942. He worked as a conductor on the Kettle Valley Railway out of Penticton and served as the western general manager of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainman and later as Canadian Legislative Vice President of the United Transportation Union. He died in Victoria on November 4, 2012.

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Series consists of 130 b&w photographs (125 prints, 5 negatives) of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR). Unless otherwise indicated on the verso, the photographs were taken by William Gordon McGregor. These photographs document many portions of the KVR, but are principally focused on the Coquihalla gorge portion of the line. In addition to photographs of the railway, engines, and surrounding geography, there are a large number of photographs documenting various engine crashes or disasters (such as floods, slides). Many of the locations are identified on the reverse of the photographs, a large number of which are named after Shakespearean characters (chief engineer of the KVR Andrew McCulloch was an admirer of Shakespeare) within the Coquihalla stretch - the Romeo station is particularly well documented. The Coquihalla portion of the line was a particularly challenging project, and although these photographs were taken after the line was completed, they document the engineering challenges of this region. Other locations featured in the photographs include Copper Mountain (near Princeton), Brookmere, Penticton, and Spences Bridge. There are a small number of photographs documenting other portions of the CPR in Golden BC and 2 photos of CPR in Lethbridge, Alberta. The majority of the photographs are not dated; the latest date marked on a photograph is 1955.

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Donated by John McGregor, son of William Gordon McGregor, in 2018.


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  • Photographs created prior to 1949 are no longer copyrighted.
  • The assumed copyright holder was William Gordon McGregor. It is assumed these rights were passed to his son, John McGregor, the donor of the photographs, however this cannot be confirmed. If so, copyright has been granted to RBCM through donation.

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Accession number: 2018.74

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  • Box: 001804-0001