Lot of 12 vintage photos CPR railway in British Columbia, early 1900s

$57.00 USD

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Nice scarce lot of early railway photos of British Columbia.

All seem to have been taken from on-board a train.

Many pictures of Rockies. One photo has two CPR railway cars (#38328 and #40412) parked beside water tower. One photo of a town with two horses grazing. One with group of barracks and a ‘PE-RU-NA Cure Catarrh’ sign by track.

All unidentified, one has 'C.P.R.' written in pencil on back.

One picture has a nick that has removed bit of photo. Some images bit weak.

Mostly 6.5 x 9.5 cm, couple slightly smaller.


The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), also known formerly as CP Rail between 1968 and 1996, is a historic Canadian Class I railroad incorporated in 1881.

On 7 November 1885, the last spike was driven at Craigellachie, British Columbia, making good on the original promise. Four days earlier, the last spike of the Lake Superior section was driven in just west of Jackfish, Ontario. While the railway was completed four years after the original 1881 deadline, it was completed more than five years ahead of the new date of 1891 that Macdonald gave in 1881. The successful construction of such a massive project, although troubled by delays and scandal, was considered an impressive feat of engineering and political will for a country with such a small population, limited capital, and difficult terrain. It was by far the longest railway ever constructed at the time. It had taken 12,000 men and 5,000 horses to construct the Lake section alone.