Unusual View of CPR Depot #2

CVA 371-882 - [View of the rear of the second C.P.R. Station at the foot of Granville Street], ca 1900.

CVA 371-882 – [View of the rear of the second C.P.R. Station at the foot of Granville Street], ca 1900.

Like many ‘rear views’, this one of the second Vancouver CPR depot is interesting  mainly because this angle is not commonly seen. (For a refresher as to what the front view looked like, see here.) From this angle, we can see: the business side of the depot (with passenger and freight trains visible); the then-commercial district of Vancouver (aka Granville, aka Gastown) to left of photo; the substantial rise in altitude between the tracks and the streets, businesses, and homes above (sentimentally recalled by old Vancouver hands as “the bluff”, of which there is no trace remaining today – except at the Waterfront Skytrain station, when the Expo/Millinium trains deadhead at the end of their westward runs before starting to go eastward… if you are sitting on the south side of the train, look up and use your imagination); the home (and attached surgery – not visible) of Dr. J. M. Lefevre, roughly at the northwest corner of Hastings and Granville Streets (where Sinclair Centre is located today).

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