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Railway Department PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ANNUAL REPORT Year Ended December 31st 1958 British Columbia. Legislative Assembly [1959]

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 Railway Department
Year Ended December 31st
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.
1959  To His Honour Frank Mackenzie Ross, C.M.G., M.C., LL.D.,
Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia.
May it please Your Honour:
I have the honour to present herewith the Annual Report of the operations and
activities of the Railway Department for the year ended December 31st, 1958.
Minister of Railways.
Victoria, B.C., February 17th, 1959.
Victoria, B.C., December 31st, 1958.
The Honourable Lyle Wicks,
Minister of Railways, Victoria, B.C.
Sir,—I beg to submit herewith the Forty-first Annual Report of the Railway
Department, covering the year 1958, together with Appendices.
Your obedient servant,
Deputy Minister. FOREWORD
The Railway Department kept pace with the demands of industry during the year,
and pipe-lines, industrial roads, railways, and aerial tramways were inspected during
construction and otherwise.
The training programme with respect to the training of off-highway equipment
drivers was continued during 1958.
A training programme was instituted to train heavy-duty vehicle mechanics on the
operation and maintenance of air-brake equipment operating on public highways and
industrial roads during 1958.
The Pacific Great Eastern Railway and logging and industrial operations benefited
from the research facilities of the Department during 1958. Report of the Railway Department
Inspection of Track, Structures, and Mechanical Facilities
Various operational phases of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway from North Vancouver to Fort St. John and Dawson Creek terminals were inspected during 1958.
Locomotives, rolling-stock, shop facilities, station facilities, communications and train
operation, road-bed, bridges and structures, and investigation of accidents were included
in these inspections. Data pertaining to the railway maintenance programme were
supplied by the office of the Chief Engineer.
There has been a considerable improvement over the past several years due to the
betterment programme instituted in 1951, and it can be reported that the railway is now
in good operating condition.
During the first, second, and third quarters of 1958 the northern extensions of the
Pacific Great Eastern Railway were under construction from Prince George to Fort
St. John and from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek. This necessitated constant inspection
on the part of the Inspectors of the Department as to track structures and equipment as
well as the requirements of dispatching and preparation for the final opening of the
northern extensions for both freight and passenger traffic. Special inspections were also
carried out on the southern extension from North Vancouver to Squamish, which was
opened in 1956.
New Rail Relay Programme
Approximately 50 miles of old 60-pound rail was replaced by new 85-pound rail
between Mile 208.39 and Mile 258.58. New 85-pound rail and fastenings were distributed between Mile 320 and Mile 338.3 in readiness for the 1959 programme.
Tie Renewals
A total of 100,297 No. 1 untreated and 23,593 treated track ties were renewed
during the year.    For next year, provision is being made for the supply of 100,000
creosoted ties, which will substantially constitute all of next year's requirements.
Ballast Programme
Pit-run ballast was applied to 21 miles of track.   Between Mile 41.3 and Mile 49.3
the lift was continuous, and on the remaining 13 miles ballast was applied as most
urgently required between Mile 49.3 and Mile 74.
New Buildings
The following permanent buildings were constructed during the year: Budd-car
shop and facilities, North Vancouver; agent's residence extended, Alta Lake; freight and
passenger shelters, Devine and Enterprise; electrical and air-brake shop, locker-room
and washroom, Squamish; addition to diesel shop and elevated platforms, Squamish;
section-houses at Brunswick and Porteau; warehouse and office for boarding car contractor, North Vancouver; metal freight-shed, Exeter; installation of electrical services
and primary power at new diesel shop, Squamish; stock-pens, with water, feeding and
cleaning facilities, Squamish; exterior lighting, freight-shed and ramp, North Vancouver.
To eliminate as much as possible the hazard of live stock on the right-of-way, 11.2
miles of new standard right-of-way fence was built during the year.    Contracts were
given wherever possible to adjacent ranchers. BB 6 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Construction of Sidings
The following sidings were constructed during the year: Onward—new passing-
track, seventy-four car capacity; Williams Lake—completion of Nos. 4 and 5 tracks
(south yard); Williams Lake—industrial lead serving new sites; Lillooet—extension of
two storage tracks; North Vancouver—new cross-over track; Squamish—north lead
and north approach tracks to diesel shop; various—eight traders' sidings and extensions
to two others.
Rock Cuts, Concrete Walls, Drainage, etc.
Considerable improvement to operating and snow-clearing conditions was effected
on the Squamish subdivision by widening and daylighting of narrow rock cuts between
Mile 52 and Mile 54, Mile 67, Mile 71, Mile 77.5 and Mile 78.5, and Mile 114 to
Mile 116.
Along Howe Sound a programme of removal of fissured rock and scaling of hazardous slopes resulted in greatly improved running conditions and safer train operation
on the newly constructed track.
Permanent concrete retaining-walls were constructed along Howe Sound at Mile
15.2 and Mile 17.3. Now that construction work has been completed on the highway
between Mile 19.5 and Mile 24.5, it will be possible to replace temporary cribbing by
concrete walls.   This work is planned to commence early in 1959.
Several new track boxes and culverts were installed and drainage improved generally
along Howe Sound following a study of actual conditions during freshet periods.
Sinkholes, Slides, etc.
In the past the railway has been burdened with several trouble spots, such as sinkholes, unstable fills and slopes. In order to eliminate as many of these slow orders as
possible and to speed up the running-time, a programme of field tests and studies by a
competent soils engineer has been instituted. Recommendations as to the best means
of undertaking corrective stabilization work have been made, and work at some of the
locations has already been started, as follows: —
Mile 331.3:   Soda Creek sinkhole^—survey started.
Mile 381: Mud Hill—survey started.
Mile 385:  Sinkhole—survey started.
Mile 400.9:  Bellos Fill—survey and test-holes complete and horizontal drains
installed.   Expect to be able to throw track over off temporary revision as
a result of underdrainage.
Mile 402:   Tertiary Creek—survey started.
Maintenance Work
Track conditions generally throughout the line have been considerably improved
by the installation of heavier rail, ballasting, tie renewals, and ditching of wet cuts and
improved drainage. It is planned to perform all maintenance-of-way work next year with
railway company forces and to inaugurate a policy of performing such regular track-
maintenance work as tie renewals, lining, and surfacing by means of small mechanized
floating gangs. It is also planned next year to do all of the programmed rail relay and
ballast work using company personnel and equipment.
Ditching was carried out throughout the year by the diesel ditcher, steam ditcher,
unit crane, and the Northwest shovel. Areas ditched and drainage improved were Pemberton to Squamish, Pemberton to Spetch, Horseshoe Bay to Brunswick, Furry Creek to
Squamish, Lillooet to Kelly Lake, Kersley to Red Rock. Seton Lake area and various
mud-out widening and drainage improvements were carried out by bulldozers. RAILWAY DEPARTMENT.. 1958
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Work-trains were engaged in handling the steam and diesel ditchers, distributing
new 85-pound rail between Mile 208.38 and Mile 258.39, also between Mile 320 and
Mile 338.3, and stock-piling at Quesnel.
Second-hand 60- and 70-pound rail was picked up from the 1956, 1957, and 1958
rail relay programmes. Approximately 800,000 lineal feet of suitable rail was loaded
and shipped north for Chetwynd-Dawson Creek main-line construction, also for sidings
on the north division.
Considerable improvement in track conditions along Howe Sound has been carried
out during the year. Since the opening of the highway it has been possible for the floating gangs located at Brunswick and Porteau to effect repairs to track at former blasting
areas and generally rehabilitate the line between Brunswick and Porteau.
Fifteen curves between Koster and Flying " TJ " were lined and surfaced during
1958. Maximum permissible speed restrictions have been increased where possible, and
a considerable number of slow orders have been eliminated.
The following work on bridges and other structures was performed by the regular
bridge and building gangs:—
Sixty-six bridges repaired and maintained.
One bridge completely rebuilt.
Nine mechanical department buildings repaired.
Twenty section-houses and bunk-houses repaired.
Thirty stations and freight-sheds and station-help buildings repaired.
Seventy-five various buildings painted.
Five stock-pens repaired.
Seven timber cribs built.
Three shoulder pile retaining-cribs driven.
Thirty-nine culverts repaired and extended.
One new loading-ramp built and two repaired.
Three trailer bunk-houses placed at Lillooet for trainmen.
Twelve tool-houses built for construction department.
Ten miscellaneous buildings repaired.
Squamish—repairs to barge slip.
New freight and passenger shelters built at Devine and Enterprise.
Old water-tank demolished at Williams Lake.
Lillooet—water and oil service-line installed.
Exeter—install water system for station and section buildings.
In addition to the above work, maintenance was carried out on various P.G.E. water
systems, repairs to septic tanks, etc., and repairs to Squamish Village water system.
Weed mower and weed spray-machines were operated over the line during July and
August where required between Squamish and Cotwood. A total of 70 miles were given
Conditions on the permanent way of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway have greatly
improved during the year 1958. The northern extensions into Fort St. John and Dawson
Creek have been completed, and regular scheduled trains are now providing service to
these two important terminals. The Budd cars purchased in 1956 are doing excellent
work, and the passenger service and passenger schedules have been greatly improved.
Regular freight service was inaugurated between Prince George and Fort St. John
in September, 1958, with the official opening of the line for passenger service between
Prince George, Fort St. John, and Dawson Creek on October 1st, 1958. Three special
passenger-trains traversed the entire line from North Vancouver to Dawson Creek and
Fort St. John to mark the occasion. Arrival of first train at Dawson Creek. Thiee special inaugura   trains at Fort St   Tr...       u- L
at rort St. John which marked the occasion of ,v,
of the line occasion of the opening
Inaugural celebrations on arrival of first
train at Fort St. John. BB  10 BRITISH COLUMBIA
On September 8th, 1958, a general inspection was made of the British Columbia
Electric Railway Company's line from New Westminster to Chilliwack, a distance of
63.8 miles.
Weed-control is well in hand over the entire line. Chemical weed-killer is being
used and applied by the company's own equipment.
All level crossings are maintained in accordance with the " Railway Act." Two
automatic crossing installations exist—one at Scott Road and the other at King George
VI Highway. A third signal of the gate and flashing-light type has been approved by
the Department for installation at the new Trans-Canada Highway in the vicinity of
In general the line is in excellent condition. All crossing signs were found in position and properly maintained. All sidings down-grade to main line are protected with
derails, which are kept locked to prevent tampering with by unauthorized persons. The
betterment programme commenced in 1951 has been almost completed.
Betterment Programme, 1951-58
Fifty-four miles of new 85-pound rail laid, with another 8.5 miles yet to be completed, as follows: \Vi miles to be laid from Chilliwack west and 7 miles between Huntingdon and Vedder Mountain.
The tie-renewal programme has now been completed on the main line. Creosoted
ties have been laid throughout, complete with tie-plates.
Fifty-four miles of track given lift and reballasted, with 8.5 miles to complete in
Steel bridge over Vedder River sand-blasted and painting completed.
All wooden bridges in good condition. The wooden bridge at Mile 46.2 has been
shortened to approximately one-half original length by diverting the stream and filling
the western end of the bridge.   Fill was being compacted with water at time of inspection.
Signals have been renewed at diamond crossing of C.N.R. tracks. Signal-house has
been removed as no longer necessary.
The crossing of the new diversion of the Trans-Canada Highway over the tracks in
the vicinity of Chilliwack has not yet been completed.
On a number of curves the tracks have been realigned, providing smoother operation
of the rolling-stock. Rerouting of tracks off Columbia Avenue, New Westminster, has
been completed.
All sidings were found in good condition and properly protected with derails where
Level crossings were found to be in order, with cross-arm signs in place and properly
Switches and frogs are properly blocked in all yards and sidings.
The new spur at Mile 42.6, serving Western Propane Limited, was found to comply
with requirements of the "Railway Act."
The new spur at Mile 36.56, intended to service the proposed plant of Celwood
Industries Limited, was found to be in order.
The automatic signals installed at King George VI Highway and Scott Road level
crossings were found in good working order. RAILWAY DEPARTMENT,  1958
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The main line between New Westminster and Huntingdon serves as a transfer
between the Northern Pacific and Milwaukee Road terminals in Huntingdon and the
C.P.R., C.N.R., and P.G.E. Railway in the Vancouver area. Thirteen diesel-electric
locomotives are in service between New Westminster and Chilliwack.
Maintenance-shops at New Westminster were inspected; facilities were found to be
adequate to service the existing motive power and rolling-stock.
Railways are classified in two categories—namely, common-carrier railways, such
as Pacific Great Eastern Railway and B.C. Electric Railway, and logging, mining, and
industrial railways, such as Comox Logging and Railway Company, Canadian Forest
Products Limited, Canadian Collieries Resources Limited, etc.
All industrial railways were inspected during the year. The ins^scions entailed
the examination of track, structures, shops, loading-works, dumping-works, and dispatch
facilities, as well as the examination of operating personnel. The inspections also included
the hydrostatic testing of boilers and the certification of locomotives.
The logging-railway of Canadian Forest Products Limited in the Nimpkish and
Englewood areas has, in the last few years, grown into a major railway project. In 1957
the railway was extended from Beaver Cove to Nimpkish Lake so that logs loaded at
Vernon Lake could be railroaded from Vernon Lake to Beaver Cove, a distance of about
60 miles. At this operation the advantage of rail transportation and the versatility of
truck logging is combined into one single integrated transportation system. Such a system
is, naturally, most efficient. The railway operation of this transportation system uses a
considerable number of both steam and diesel-electric locomotives, as well as rail cars
for the transportation of personnel. The dispatch system incorporates the use of microwave radio-telephone as well as land telephone.
During the year various inspections were made of all phases of the rail and truck
transportation systems in the Nimpkish area, and it can be reported that safety at this
operation has been given priority on the part of the company, and the Department Inspectors have also done everything possible to further the interests of safety.
The Comox Logging and Railway Company operation at Ladysmith incorporates
the use of railway and trucks, thus making an efficient integrated transportation system
in the vicinity of Ladysmith and Nanaimo Lakes on Vancouver Island. At this operation a number of steam-locomotives are used for switching and hauling on the main line,
a distance of approximately 20 miles. The logging-trucks haul from the woods and
dump in Nanaimo Lakes, where the logs are sorted and loaded on to railway cars by
the use of a novel loading arrangement known as a " Moby Dick." This device has
a large opening similar to a whale's mouth which gathers the logs so that a load of logs
can be picked up at one time and dropped on to specially constructed flat cars. The
operation is very efficient, and the loading-works and railway operate twenty-four hours
a day during certain seasons of the year.
Various inspections of this operation were made by the Inspectors during the year,
and much was done on their part to promote safety.
MacMillan & Bloedel Limited operates a railway log-transportation system between
Nanaimo River and Ladysmith. Logs are loaded at Nanaimo River and transported
over the railway of the Comox Logging and Railway Company, after which they are
interchanged with the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway and transported to Chemainus,
where MacMillan & Bloedel Limited operates its own terminal railway to handle the
sawmill and log-dump.   This operation was inspected a number of times during the year. BB  12 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Safety Trophy
In 1952 the Department instituted a safety trophy for the logging-railways. The
trophy was won in 1957 by the Comox Logging and Railway Company, and an appropriate ceremony was held in May, 1958, where Department personnel and personnel and
management of the company were present when the trophy was presented by the Minister.
Min ing-railw ays
Mining-railways throughout British Columbia were inspected during the year. The
Sullivan mine operation in Kimberley has several miles of narrow-gauge railway operation between the mouth of the mine and the tipple at Kimberley. Electric locomotives
are used at this operation. The company is very safety conscious, and the railway is in
excellent condition.   No accidents were reported on this railway during the year.
At the Trail smelter of the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada
the narrow-gauge railway or tramming operation was inspected several times during the
year. All motormen on this operation are certified by the Department. Various matters involving safety have been straightened out by the Department Inspectors during
the year at Trail.
The terminal railway of the Aluminum Company of Canada Limited at Kitimat
was inspected. The locomotives were tested and the general operation of the railway
checked. Reports of unsafe conditions reported were investigated by the Inspectors.
It was found most of the trouble originated through misunderstandings. These were
straightened out once proper procedures were established.
The steel-mills in the Vancouver area own and operate their own trackage in and
around the plants. Railway locomotive cranes operate on the trackage, switching cars
and loading steel. The boilers of these cranes were hydrostatically tested and certificates
issued during the year. Engineers operating the locomotive cranes were examined and
The shipyards in Vancouver and Victoria own their own trackage to serve the plants.
The trackage and locomotive cranes employed were tested and inspected during the year.
At Yarrows Limited in Victoria the bridge cranes in the shops and the hammer-head
crane on the dock were inspected as to safety and lifting capacity. Load tests were made
in the interest of safety.
During 1958 the large pulp-mill at Crofton was completed and commenced operations. This company operates its own diesel-electric locomotive over its own railway
system, which serves the pulp-mill and barge-slip, both of which are interconnected with
the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway. Inspections and certain recommendations were
made to improve the safety of operation. Operating crews were instructed in safe operating practices.
A number of inspections were made of MacMillan & Bloedel Limited pulp-mills
at Port Alberni and Harmac. Diesel-electric locomotives and rolling-stock at both operations were inspected and certified.
At the Elk Falls Company Limited paper-mill at Duncan Bay, Vancouver Island,
the barge-slip and trackage, as well as steam-locomotive and equipment, were inspected.
At this plant, close clearances required a certain amount of adjustment, which was handled by the Inspectors. RAILWAY DEPARTMENT,  1958 BB  13
The barge-slip, trackage, and wharf of Canadian Industries Limited plant at James
Island were inspected. A diesel-electric locomotive is used to switch the barge-slip and
to switch cars around the plant. The locomotive was tested and personnel examined
and instructed in railway safety.
Small Narrow-gauge Railways
The narrow-gauge railway which serves the power plant at Jordan River on Vancouver Island was inspected. This railway is several miles in length and exists to service
the flume which serves the power-house. Two small gas-locomotives are in use. At
the time of the inspection the railway operating personnel on location were instructed
as to safe practices.
A narrow-gauge (3-foot) railway has been constructed and is operated by Mr. G.
Wellburn at Deerholme. This railway is operated by railway fan societies and by Mr.
Wellburn. A 15-ton steam-locomotive is used, as well as 3-foot-gauge rolling-stock,
speeders, and other historical railway equipment. The railway was inspected in the
interest of safety, and as the locomotive is used only periodically it was not subjected
to a hydrostatic test during 1958, but is scheduled for one during the early part of 1959.
The miniature railway operated by the Vancouver Parks Board in Stanley Park was
inspected, and the miniature boiler of the steam-locomotive (which carries 150 pounds
pressure per square inch) was inspected and certified in the interest of public safety as
a number of children are on and around the locomotive during the summer months.
Truck Logging
During 1958 the use of heavy-duty logging-trucks and trailers has once more been
on the increase. One hundred and sixteen new and reconditioned logging units were put
into service by truck-manufacturers during the year.
Reports to the Department have shown a number of cases where the operation of
the required safety devices has saved trucks and possibly the lives of the operators when
failures of the braking system have occurred. No report of any serious injury to drivers
of trucks equipped to safety standards has been received during 1958.
A total of 950 logging units of all types were inspected and tested. In some cases
these units required alterations or additions to the brake equipment, and in most instances
these defects were promptly rectified. It was found that an occasional operator failed to
make the necessary repairs to his vehicle, thereby forcing the Department to put his unit
out of service until such time as it was repaired to meet operating standards.
Where formerly vacuum and hydraulic brakes were found to be sufficient for what
was required, now air brakes have been found to be safer and more efficient. One disadvantage in using air brakes in the Interior has been the amount of moisture collecting
in the air-reservoirs due to the severe climatic conditions. This condensation was found
to be adversely affecting the mechanism of the different air-valves. Upon advice from
the Department, moisture-ejector valves were installed in the air system, which subsequently eliminated this trouble.
The Department Inspectors conducted classes in all parts of the Province to teach
safety and train drivers of equipment as to the safe use of air brakes and safety devices
used in transportation. The talks and lectures are of technical nature. Examinations
are then conducted, and successful candidates are issued certificates of proficiency.
The Department operates two portable training units, travelling to all parts of the
Province for the convenience of Interior drivers. These units are fully equipped with
demonstration air-brake equipment and compressed air for the operation of the equip- BB  14 BRITISH COLUMBIA
ment, as well as being equipped with movie projectors and slide projectors. Complete
examination material is also carried so the Inspectors can set up classes and examinations
in any part of the Province.
A truck-drivers' training classroom has been set up at the Federal-Provincial Vocational School in Nanaimo, where the Inspectors conduct courses each month and examine
truck-drivers in the Central Island area. The classroom has been equipped with operating
air-brake devices. One hundred and ten students were trained and examined at the
school alone with the aid of these panels, as well as logging-truck drivers from the surrounding districts. All truck-drivers in the industry who hire through Vancouver receive
instruction and take examinations at the Vancouver office.
Classes were conducted in a number of localities to bring R.C.M.P. officers up to
date on the functions of air brakes on heavy-duty vehicles.
A total of 427 truck-drivers were certified during the year, bringing the total number
examined to well over 2,927 to date. In addition, two more complete units were constructed for use in the Vancouver office, where other groups have been trained in the use
of air brakes.
Truck Hauling—Mining
There has been a noted increase in the number of trucks used in the hauling of ore
in the Province.
The roads and equipment of Empire Development at Port McNeill were inspected,
and minor changes in roads and bridges were found to be necessary.
Western Nickel Limited at Hope started hauling early in 1958. The road was
inspected, and it was found that quite a few sections of the road and some of the bridges
required repairs. It is to the credit of the company that these repairs were made immediately.
The general feeling amongst operators and drivers is that while some time and
money have been involved in the installation of this safety equipment, safety to driver
and machine has increased tenfold. The feeling of assurance that comes from knowing
that tested equipment and devices are now in use on the truck that is driven by a trained
and certified operator cannot be measured in dollars and cents.
The " Pipe-lines Act " administers pipe-lines located wholly within the Province,
and inspecting engineers of the Department check all plans and specifications prior to
construction. Upon completion of construction, pressure tests are applied to proof-test
the lines before they are placed in service. These tests are witnessed by Department
inspecting engineers. During 1958 a number of new natural-gas gathering systems were
placed in service by the following companies, with miles of pipe listed: —
Miles of Pipe
B.A. Oil Co     2.35
Phillips Petroleum Co  10.50
Pacific Petroleums Ltd   15.88
Fargo Oils Ltd  25.70
Gulf States Oil Co. Ltd     2.00
Plains Western Gas & Electric Co     2.00
Inland Natural Gas Co. Ltd     1.00
Total miles of pipe-line now in operation in the Province under the " Pipe-lines
Act "is 467.43. RAILWAY DEPARTMENT,  1958
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The use of aerial tramways for the transportation of passengers and industrial use
continues to increase in British Columbia. New Tramways constructed and placed in
operation during 1958 consist of the following: Silver King, Nelson, and Star Hill,
Plans were approved for a Porno lift on Mount Seymour. This lift is at present
under construction and is expected to be in operation early in 1959.
Inspections were made of the following aerial tramways: Grouse Mountain Resorts
Limited, North Vancouver; Lifts Limited, North Vancouver; Red Mountain Tramway,
Rossland; Silver King, Nelson; Dog Mountain, Katz; Aluminum Company of Canada
Limited, Kemano;  and Hollyburn Aerial Trams Limited, West Vancouver.
No serious accidents were reported on aerial tramways during 1958, and it would
appear this type of up-hill transportation is gaining public acceptance. It is understood
several large aerial-tramway installations are planned for future development in the Province where parks and recreational playgrounds are being opened in the interest of the
general public.
The prime object of the Department is safety, both as to the safety of workmen
and the safety of the travelling public, as well as public in general where affected by the
hazards of transportation. In this regard the Department conducts lectures and training
courses in the operation of transportation equipment such as buses, trucks, etc., the
object being that where the operating personnel have been properly trained in the safe
use of equipment and air brakes, an improvement in the safety record is always the result.
Some of the lecture courses are a joint project between the Department of Education and the Railway Department. These courses are offered to the general public.
Other courses concern industrial equipment, such as logging-trucks and heavy vehicles
used in industry. These courses are open to workmen operating that type of equipment.
Another type of course is offered to companies operating trucks and transport equipment,
and this type of course is also offered to detachments of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police engaged in vehicle inspection.
The Department has a liaison with the Motor-vehicle Branch and the Department
of Highways, and as a result the safety work conducted by the Railway Department has
a beneficial effect upon the safety of vehicular traffic on highways.
Equipment Inspections during 1958
Hydrostatic tests applied to boilers   59
Internal and external inspections of boilers  9
Internal-combustion locomotives inspected and certified  11
Air-locomotives hydrostatically tested  9
Electric locomotives inspected and certified  8
Rail cars inspected and certified  18
Air-receivers tested and inspected  8
Diesel-electric locomotives inspected and certified  68
Electric locomotives inspected on narrow-gauge electric railways   14
Diesel-electric locomotives inspected on Alcan project  3
Locomotives inspected other than hydrostatic tests  75
Logging-trucks inspected  956
Number of cars inspected on industrial railways  203
Number of cars inspected on common-carrier railways  175
Miles of track inspected  1,800 BB  16 BRITISH COLUMBIA
Aerial tramways inspected and certified  8
Aerial-tramway inspections conducted  32
Conductors examined and certified  4
Power-car operators examined and certified  2
Internal-combustion locomotive engineers examined and certified   8
Locomotive-crane engineers examined and certified  10
Engineers examined and certificates issued, P.G.E. Railway __ 10
Engineers  examined  and  certificates  issued,  B.C.   Electric
Railway  3
Motormen examined and certified, Consolidated Mining and
Smelting Co. of Canada  3
Logging-truck operators examined and certified  420
Students examined and certified at Federal-Provincial Vocational School, Nanaimo  93
Air-brake inspector examined and certified  1
Accidents investigated on logging and industrial railways  1
Accidents investigated on logging-truck roads  5
Fatal accidents investigated on logging-truck roads  _.
Accidents on P.G.E. Railway  35
Fatal accidents on P.G.E. Railway  1
New diesel-electric locomotives  7
Safety lectures conducted by the Department  10
Truck air-brake lectures conducted by Department  268
List of Cranes and Other Auxiliary Motive Power in Industrial Plants
Inspected by Railway Department, 1958
Anderson Bros. Lumber Co. Ltd Crane No. 11905 B.C.
Crane No. D.R. 320.
Arrowhead Wood Preservers Ltd Crane No. 22633 B.C.
Crane No. D.R. 293.
Crane No. D.R. 322.
Associated Foundry Ltd Crane No. D.R. 305.
Baxter, J. H., & Co. Ltd Gas Crane No. 1.
Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd Crane No. 50514 B.C.
Crane No. D.R. 292.
I.C. Crane No. 4.
Canadian Industries Ltd Whitcomb Locomotive No. 8.
Capital Iron & Metals Ltd Crane No. D.R. 295.
Crane No. 44386 B.C.
Columbia Cellulose Co. Ltd D.E. Locomotive No. 1.
Consolidated Mining & Smelting Co. of Canada
Kimberley Electric Locomotives Nos. 1, 2, 3.
Trail 12 narrow-gauge electric locomotives.
Dobson Bros Crane No. D.R. 289.
Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd Crane No. 44129 B.C.
Crane No. 44317 B.C.
Crane No. 44013 B.C.
Crane No. D.R. 347.
Gas Locomotive No. 1. RAILWAY DEPARTMENT,  1958
BB  17
Esquimalt Dry Dock Crane No. 22582 B.C.
Portable Boiler D.R. 314.
Hillcrest Lumber Co. Ltd. (sawmill) Crane No. 40049 B.C.
Crane No. 44315 B.C.
Crane No. 41298 B.C.
King, M. B., Lumber Co. Ltd Crane No. 12430 B.C.
Lions Gate Lumber Co. Ltd Crane No. 12370 B.C.
Lumby Timber Co. Ltd Crane No. D.R. 343.
Mayo Lumber Co. Ltd Crane No. D.R. 321.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd. (sawmill) Crane No. 44666 B.C.
D.E. Locomotive No. 1.
Gas LC. Locomotive No. 50.
Northern Construction Co. Ltd Crane No. 43505 B.C.
Northern Forest Products LC. Locomotive Crane No. 1.
Osborn Bay Wharf Co. Ltd Crane No. 21526 B.C.
Sigalet & Co. Ltd Crane No. 21089 B.C.
LC. Crane No. 5628.
Timberland Lumber Co. Ltd Crane No. 12368 B.C.
Timber Preservers Ltd Gas Crane No. 1.
Crane No. D.R. 288.
Crane No. 44440 B.C.
Vancouver Steel Co. Ltd Crane No. D.R. 342.
I.C. Crane No. 4343.
Crane No. 43864 B.C.
Victoria Machinery Depot Ltd Crane No. D.R. 291.
Western Bridge & Steel Fabricators Ltd Crane No. D.R. 355.
Crane No. D.R. 309.
Western Plywoods Ltd Diesel Crane No. 142.
Yarrows Ltd Electric dock crane.
Inspections Conducted under the " Industrial Transportation Act," 1958
Alaska Pine & Cellulose Co., Jordan River.
A. & J. Trucking, Williams Lake.
Albright Hauling, Greenwood.
Alice Lake Logging Co., Stillwater.
Alice Lake Logging Co., Kelsey Bay.
Allison Pass Sawmills Ltd., Hope.
Arden, R., Hauling, Sooke.
Ashton Hauling, Greenwood.
Baikie Bros. Ltd., Campbell River.
Bannister & Taplin, Canal Flats.
Beavers Logging, Terrace.
Beban Logging Co. Ltd., Buckley Bay.
Becker, J., Hauling, Williams Lake.
Borer, J., Trucking, Westview.
Boundary Sawmills, Midway.
Bradford Hauling, Skookumchuk.
Bowman, Orion, & Sons, Sardis.
Braithwaite, E. C, & Son Ltd., Cowichan Lake.
Brauling, Amos, Hauling, Sooke.
Britannia Mines Ltd., Britannia Beach.
B.C. Forest Products Ltd., Caycuse.
B.C. Forest Products Ltd., Harrison Lake.
B.C. Forest Products Ltd., Pitt Lake.
B.C. Forest Products Ltd., Bear Creek.
Brix Logging Co., Cranbrook.
Buck River Lumber Co., Houston.
Butler Bros. Logging, Sooke.
Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Englewood.
Canadian Forest Products Ltd., Harrison Lake.
Canadian Forest Products Ltd.   (Consolidated
Timber Division), Dewdney.
Cale Creek Sawmills, Prince George.
Carrier Lumber Co., Prince George.
Cattermole-Tretheway Contractors, Buttle Lake.
Chernenko, W., Tachum.
Christian, G., Hauling, Fernie.
Church Sawmills, Willow River.
Clearlake Sawmills, Prince George.
Columbia Cellulose Co., Terrace.
Columbia Cellulose Co., Nakusp.
Comox Logging & Railway Co., Nanaimo Lakes.
Comox Logging & Railway Co., Headquarters.
Comox Logging & Railway Co., Saltery Bay.
Corbett Lumber Co. Ltd., Hope.
Cox Contractors, Midway.
Cox Lumber Co., Greenwood.
Cranbrook Cartage, Cranbrook.
Cranbrook Timber Co., Cranbrook.
Creston Sawmills, Creston.
Crestbrook Timber Co., Cranbrook.
Curtis-Garland Contractor, Giscome.
Davis, Roy, Contracting, Union Bay. BB  18                                                       BRITISH
Dewey Logging Co., Cornel Mills.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Northwest Bay.
Dodds & Angle, Contractors, Salmon Arm.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Nitinat.
Dunlevy, C. J., Hope.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Sproat Lake.
Eagle Lake Sawmills Ltd., Giscome.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Menzies Bay.
Elk River Timber Co., Campbell River.
Nickel Lake Sawmills Ltd., Nickel Lake.
Elder Timber Co., Sooke.
Nielson's Sawmill, John Hart Highway.
Elliott Bros., Penticton.
Northern Forest Products, Prince George.
Ellard Contracting, Creston.
Northern Pulpwood Ltd., Beaver Cove.
Emel Trucking, Creston.
Northern Pulpwood Ltd., Sandspit.
Enemark Logging Co., Port Mellon.
Northern Spruce, Prince George.
Fleetwood Logging Co., Harrison Lake.
Olson, Irving, Trucking, Westview.
Fleetwood Logging Co., Yale.
Olympic Forest Products Ltd., Dunsmuir Siding.
Fabco Forest Products, Kimberley.
Pas Lumber Co., John Hart Highway.
Faminoff Hauling, Greenwood.
Passmore Lumber Co., Passmore.
Federated Co-operatives Ltd., Canoe.
Pearson Logging, Roberts Creek.
Fritz Sawmills, Midway.
Peatt & Eve Hauling, Sooke.
Fyfe Lake Fir, Prince George.
Percy Logging Co. Ltd., Hope.
G. & F. Logging Co., Yale.
Peters, Ken, Contracting, Union Bay.
Gallagher, Geo., Hauling, Terrace.
P. & H. Transport, Quesnel.
Galloway Lumber Co., Galloway.
Pinchak, V. J., Galloway.
Gilbert Hauling, Kimberley.
Pointer & Terrian, Williams Lake.
Garner Bros. (Cariboo) Ltd., Quesnel.
Plotnikoff, E., Hauling, Greenwood.
Gardner, R., Beaverdell.
Plyley Hauling, Terrace.
Geddes Lumber Co. Ltd., Willow River.
Rafuse Logging Co. Ltd., Haney.
Gold Standard Logging Co. Ltd., Haney.
Rustaf, R. & F., Logging Co. Ltd., Furry Creek.
Grosskleg & Trueman, Cowichan Lake.
Rice, J., Log Hauling, Quesnel.
H. & F. Contracting Ltd., Harrison Mills.
Sales Bros. Transport, Quesnel.
Hansard Spruce Mills, Hansard.
Sande Lumber Co., Terrace.
Hillcrest Lumber Co. Ltd., Mesachie Lake.
Sclitt Bros. Sawmill, Prince George.
Houlden's Cartage, Terrace.
Shelley Sawmills, Shelley.
Howe, Ivan, Westview.
Shubert, Walter, Hauling, Cranbrook.
Interior Spruce Mills, Prince George.
Simpson, S., Ltd., Kelowna.
Jackson Bros. Logging, Wilson Creek.
Sinclair Spruce Lbr. Co. Ltd., Sinclair Mills.
Jacobs, J., Hauling, Prince George.
Six Mile Lake Sawmills, Prince George.
J.S. & B. Lumber Co. Ltd., Cranbrook.
Skaret Creek Sawmills, Prince George.
Kapoor Lumber Co. Ltd., Shawnigan Lake.
Sonora Island Timber Co., Thurston Bay.
Kennelly Lumber Co., Cranbrook.
Spencer Hauling, Terrace.
Kleanza Creek Logging Co., Terrace.
Stanley's Trucking, Creston.
Kohnke Bros. Hauling, Williams Lake.
Star Creek Logging, Terrace.
Kootenay Forest Products Ltd., Nelson.
Stauble Lumber Co., John Hart Highway.
Little, Haugland & Kerr, Terrace.
Strukoff, Mike, Hauling, Midway.
Lynx Lake Sawmills, Prince George.
Tabor Creek Sawmills, Prince George.
Mahood Logging Co., Lang Bay.
Tahsis Co., Gold River.
Mogielka, J., Hauling, Fernie.
Taylor Bros., Duncan.
Murie Trucking, Terrace.
Torikka, G., Hauling, Williams Lake.
MacKenzie, Don, Trucking, Royston.
Trick, S. B., Lbr. Co. Ltd., Aleza Lake.
McBride Timber Co., Prince George.
Upper Fraser Spruce Mills Ltd., Prince George.
McKone & Smith, Royston.
Universal Timber Co., Port Mellon.
Van West Logging Co. Ltd., Royston.
McLean Valley Logging Co. Ltd., Hope.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Sarita River.
Western Forest Industries Ltd., Meade Creek.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Great Central Lake.
Western Forest Industries Ltd., Gordon River.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Franklin River.
Western Plywoods (Cariboo) Ltd., Quesnel.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Copper Canyon.
West Fraser Timber Co., Williams Lake.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Nanaimo River.
Westlake Sawmills, Prince George.
MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd., Shawnigan Lake.
Widgeon Creek Logging Co. Ltd., Pitt Lake. RAILWAY DEPARTMENT,  1958
BB   19
Accidents Reported
1957 1958
Pacific Great Eastern Railway Co.-
Other persons 	
B.C. Electric Co. Ltd.—
Other persons -
Industrial railways—
Other persons  	
Locomotive cranes—Employees..
Aerial tramways-
Industrial roads (trucks )_
~36^ BB 20
List of Railways and Summary of Mileage
Industrial Railways
All leased.
; Includes 5 miles leased.
! Includes 5 miles leased.
1 Includes 7 miles leased.
Head Office
No. and Owners/Name of Railway
Standard Gauge
1. Arrowhead Wood Preservers Ltd	
2. Columbia Cellulose Co. Ltd	
3. Dominion Tar & Chemical Co. Ltd	
4. Morrissey, Fernie & Michel Railway Co.
Revelstoke -
Montreal    -
Montreal —- - - -
New Westminster
North Vancouver
Watson Island,
Shames, and
North Vancouver
Fern'e   .
New Westminster
North Vancouver
Port Mellon
North Vancouver
Walker Siding .__
6. Canada Creosoting Co. Ltd 	
7. Howe Sound Transportation Co. Ltd.
8. Aluminum Co. of Canada Ltd	
Duncan Bay	
Vancouver. .
Union Bay	
Mesachie Lake —
Mesachie Lake ...
Honeymoon Bay
Harmac Pulp
Franklin River ...
Chemainus   ..
Dunsmuir District
Duncan Bay —	
Port Renfrew
Union Bay
Ladysmith _
Mesachie Lake —
Paldi   .-	
Osborn Bay ..._
Honeymoon Bay
Port Alice plant
Vancouver Island
11. MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd _	
12. MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd  	
13. MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd	
14. MacMillan & Bloedel Ltd. / Nanaimo
River Railway
15. Elk Falls Co. Ltd.-	
16. B.C. Forest Products Ltd  _
17. B.C.   Forest   Products   Ltd. / Renfrew
Division South
18. B.C. Forest Products Ltd.	
21. Comox Logging & Railway Co 	
22. Hillcrest Lumber Co. Ltd —	
23. Mayo Lumber Co. Ltd _	
24. Osborn Bay Wharf Co. Ltd	
25. Western Forest Industries Ltd	
26. Alaska Pine & Cellulose Ltd.
Totals, industrial railways,
BB 21
APPENDIX B—Continued
List of Railways and Summary of Mileage—Continued
Industrial Railways—Continued
Head Office
No. and Owners/Name of Railway
Narrow Gauge
27. Crow's Nest Pass Coal Co. Ltd ____.
Fernie, Coal
River, and
New Westminster
28. Canada Creosoting Co. Ltd	
29. Consolidated Mining  & Smelting  Co.
of Canada Ltd.
30" and
18", 36".
of Canada Ltd.
James Island
Vancouver Island
Totals, industrial railways,
Totals, all industrial railways
Common Carrier
32. Pacific Great Eastern Railway..
Vancouver to
Fort St. John
and Dawson
146.10 | 934.70
788.60 |  146.10 I 934.70
Street and Interurban Electric Railways
33. B.C. Electric Railway Co. Ltd	
New Westminster
1               1
76.58  |    25.29 j 101.87
|               |1438.73
1               1
5 Includes 3 miles leased. BB 22
Mileage of All Railways Operating in the Province
Under the jurisdiction of the Board of Transport Commissioners for Canada—
Totals     _ 	
Under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Government—
921 84
228 55
Industrial railways—
242 76
45 58
274 13
Total mileage of all railways in British Columbia in 1957-
Total mileage of all railways in British Columbia in 1958-
Increase in railway mileage during 1958	
Printed by Don McDiarmid, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
in right of the Province of British Columbia.


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