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Fonds AM321 - British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds

Crowds of school children boarding chartered motor buses, Alberni Street west of Denman Street Detail shewing rail bond; longitudinal section at joint of rail; cross-section at joint of rail Detail no. 2 Detal [sic] of curves cor [corner]: Cambie and Hastings Sts [Streets] Sketch of 90 degree curve for street railway line at intersection of Granville and Hastings Streets Plan, cross-section and elevation of electric railway line over the Granville Street Bridge Plan of curve from Georgia Street to join old track at Stanley Park Br. [Bridge] Plan of switch point at the junction of Granville and Pender Sts [Streets] Plan of turnout on Pender St Plan shewing construction of "The Consolidated Railway and Light Cos [Company's]" ... Sheet no. 2 : Vancouver street railway Layout of electric railway tracks at intersections of Cambie and Hastings Streets and N. Westmins... Sketch of crossing of C.P.R. [Canadian Pacific Railway] and V.S.R. [Vancouver Street Railway] Cross-section, elevation and plan of street railway track Cross-section, elevation and plan of street railway track V.S.R. [Vancouver street railway] Sketch shewing curves at corner of Cordova and Carrall Sts [Streets] Detail of 90 degree curve for street railway line

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British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds

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AM321

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  • 1889-[ca.1897], 1923-1964 (Creation)
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    British Columbia Electric Railway Company

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  • 0.19 m of textual records
  • 18 technical drawings and maps
  • 14 photographs

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(1897-1962)

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B.C. Electric Railway Company (B.C.E.R.) Limited was incorporated in 1897 to take over the property and business of the Consolidated Railway Company. The Consolidated Railway Company had been formed the previous year, taking over ten other companies engaged in electric light systems or tramways in Vancouver, Victoria and New Westminster. After 1897 B.C.E.R. formed a number of subsidiary companies to look after various interests from electricity to street cars. In 1926 the company was restructured as a holding company called British Columbia Electric Power and Gas Company Limited. This company's stocks were subsequently purchased by the British Columbia Power Corporation Limited. In 1962, the provincial government formed the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority, a crown corporation which united the functions of the British Columbia Electric Power and Gas Company and its subsidiaries under one agency.

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The fonds includes a general history, including organizational charts; appraisals of property; records pertaining to a public utilities commission inquiry into rates and property; reports on the mainland power system and financial reserves; drawings of street railway track details (1889-ca.1897); promotional materials on public transit; and photographs of motor and trolley buses, staff, and educational and promotional events of the B.C.E.R.

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Presented in part by the City Engineering Department in 1976.

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  • Photographs in this fonds have been assigned catalogue numbers with the prefix CVA 387.
  • Includes records from separate accruals formerly identified and described as AM321, AM489 and AM 499. These descriptions have been amalgameted into a single fonds; citations for these records should use only AM321.

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