Fonds RBSC-ARC-1054 - British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds

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British Columbia Electric Railway Company fonds

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  • 1896-1961 (Creation)
    British Columbia Electric Railway Company

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122 m of textual records and other material

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British Columbia Electric Railway was a railway and streetcar company operating from 1897 to 1961. A London-based company chaired by Robert M. Horne-Payne and R. Henry Sperling overtook the bankrupt Consolidated Railway Company on April 3, 1897, incorporating it as the British Columbia Electric Railway company. By 1903 B.C. Electric began building its own streetcars, inter-urbans, locomotives, work equipment and freight cars in a shop in New Westminster. Over the following years BC Electric provided increasingly expanding rail and bus transit for passengers and freight across Southern British Columbia. As World War Two came to an end, B.C. Electric implemented a ‘Rails to Rubber’ programme, replacing electric railway streetcars with Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) Streetcars. In 1961 the provincial government took over BC Electric with the railway becoming a division of Crown corporation BC Hydro.

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The fonds consists principally of bound and filed correspondence of the Company (1896-1914), early minute books and accounting records of the BCER and related companies, as well as scrapbooks and clippings on microfilm which reflect the growth and diversity of the Company. Also included is a valuable collection of maps, diagrams, and engineering and architectural plans.

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Inventory available. PDF document attached.
Oversize materials originally stored on shelves (ex. A x B 5-1) have been rehoused into boxes (ex. Box 241). Refer to PDF page 106 to 111 for current location information.

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Unprocessed microfilm reels will be added to the fonds when they have been processed.

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Includes 250 maps, 400 plans, and 64 microfilm reels.

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