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British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds
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- Textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title based on the contents of the fonds.
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1889-[ca.1897], 1923-1964 (Creation)
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- 0.19 m of textual records
- 18 technical drawings and maps
- 14 photographs
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Name of creator
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.
Scope and content
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.
Immediate source of acquisition
Presented in part by the City Engineering Department in 1976.
- 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 amalgamated into a single fonds; citations for these records should use only AM321.
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File list available; item list available for technical drawings and maps.