Welding Vancouver Streetcar Track

CVA SGN 1068.08 - [Man with generator near man laying streetcar tracks, for reconstruction of Hastings, Main and Harris (Georgia) Street lines] 1912?

CVA SGN 1068.08 – [Man with generator near man laying streetcar tracks, for reconstruction of Hastings, Main and Harris (Georgia) Street lines] 1912?

There was something about the image above that bothered me. Something that didn’t look safe. Then it struck me. The fellow standing next to the wagon with the warning: “Danger: 500 Volts. Do not touch machine or watch flame” had a solid grip on the wagon! I doubt that the welder was actually welding during this photo session, but it appears that the wagon was hooked up to a power source. I suspect that the BC Worker’s Compensation Board, had it been in operation at the time, would have had something to say about this.

I don’t know for certain where this image was made. But if I had to guess, I’d say it was near the trolley car barns (Main and Prior). The streetcar nearby and the quantity of track (both laid and in pieces) led me to that conclusion.

CVA SGN 1068.10 - [Man welding streetcar tracks, for reconstruction of Hastings, Main, and Harris (Georgia) Street lines] 1912? (Note: This seems to be the same welder as in the first image, but taken from his front.)

CVA SGN 1068.10 – [Man welding streetcar tracks, for reconstruction of Hastings, Main, and Harris (Georgia) Street lines] 1912? (Note: This seems to be the same welder as in the first image, but taken from his front.)

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