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Vancouver Harbour Northshore Terminal [Railway]

Item is an amateur film showing the work of the S.S. Magoffin & Co. Limited Railway Contractors company during construction of the North Shore Terminal Railway in North Vancouver. Activities documented include the blasting and clearing of soil and rock with steam shovels, railway cars transporting and dumping soil over a trestle and men sawing railway ties. Includes many scenes of workers and other individuals, possibly including Vancouver Harbour Commissioners, footage of land owned by the B.C. Mills Timber and Trading Company Limited.

Northshore Terminal Railway - Vancouver Harbour

Item is an amateur film showing the work of the S.S. Magoffin & Co. Limited Railway Contractors company, likely during construction of the North Shore Terminal Railway in North Vancouver. Activities documented include the blasting and clearing of soil and rock by work crews and steam shovels, locomotives transporting soil and rock, and railway cars dumping the soil. Also included is footage of a barge used to transport a steam shovel and locomotive, and the offloading of the steam shovel from the barge. The film also shows the clearing of land with a brush fire and men using hoses to control the fire, as well as men working on the track. There are several shots of unidentified individuals, possibly including Vancouver Harbour Commissioners, throughout the film; Sam Magoffin appears briefly with three other men at 15:56 (third from the left). The film finishes with a shot of locomotives moving soil, with the Vancouver skyline in the background.

Swimming pool construction and railway construction camp

Item is an amateur film containing footage of the construction of a swimming pool at the Magoffin’s residence, Rockhaven, at 3612 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, and Sam and Margaret Magoffin swimming in the pool with friends. The film also shows Margaret standing in front of Rockhaven. The film then cuts to footage of a sign reading “Multnomah” and then to a street scene in an unidentified city showing cars and people and a group of young boys looking up at the camera. Also included is footage of three men standing near some bunkhouses in a desert-like environment, perhaps near Magoffin’s Lyon Creek project, as well as some track and the outside of a tunnel and equipment. The film finishes with a view of a railway trestle and track and one man sitting in a car and one man standing next to the car, in what appears to be the same location.