Item : 2011-002.3 - Northshore Terminal Railway - Vancouver Harbour

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Northshore Terminal Railway - Vancouver Harbour

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AM1614-: 2011-002.3

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1 film reel (18 min., 1 sec. ; 148 m) : acetate, original, [18 fps], reversal, b&w, silent ; 16 mm

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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.

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Three sections (96'39 to 98'22, 295'29 to 296'1, 395'13 to 396'20) are sepia-toned and faded. There is some mirroring visible on the emulsion side of these areas. Warping is most severe at tail, which also exhibits the majority of dirt and scratches.

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All original cement splices have been replaced or reinforced with tape on the base side. New white leader added to head and tail.

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  • Box: F17-E-60
  • Box: 726-C-05
  • Box: 708-C-05