Category Archives: public transit

Views of CPR Right of Way: Before and After 1932

These two images of the CPR right of way in Vancouver’s downtown east side have features in common. Both photos were made in the midst of the Great Depression, all of the people in the photo are men, all wearing dark suits. … Continue reading

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Mum (Nothing Needs Saying About this Lovely Street Scene)

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Pre-Expo ’86 Perspective

The man in the image is standing on what will become Skytrain’s elevated concrete guideway near what will be the Main Street/Science World Station. The worker seems to be looking toward the Pacific Central Station (VIA Rail’s local railway station and the long-distance bus terminal). There … Continue reading

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Welding Vancouver Streetcar Track

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 … Continue reading

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Waterfront Station: Howe Street Entry

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Things Still are a Little Chaotic Here

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Unusual View of CPR Depot #2

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 … Continue reading

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CCF-Brill Vancouver Trolley 2341

This trolley is stopped just north of Eaton’s department store (Granville and Robson; the stop is on the east side of Granville) in 1976 ; it is a model T48 (built 1954?) for BC Transit’s fleet of CCF-Brill trolleys.  CCF stood for Canadian … Continue reading

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BCER Men’s Quarters

 Architect Robert Lyon designed the Men’s Quarters of the B.C. Electric Railway (1913), shown under construction above. This structure is located at the SW corner of Main and Prior streets, across the street from where the BCER’s car barns were at … Continue reading

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‘New’ Cecil Hotel (ca1909-2010)

 

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Burrard Skytrain Station

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Underground Power

The “yesterday” image above shows the submersion of electric cables beneath Smithe Street in downtown Vancouver in 1914. According to the CVA record, the cable carried up to 11,000 volts, at that time. Less than a block away from the … Continue reading

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600 Block Granville

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Third CPR Station/Waterfront Station Viewed from Seymour at Hastings

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Crossing the Inlet

This post celebrates the launch this week of Sea Otter II, the newest among the vessels that ply the waters of Burrard Inlet between Waterfront Station (Vancouver) and Lonsdale Quay (North Vancouver) for SeaBus. For more information about SO2, including … Continue reading

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Oakridge As It Was

This appears to be a sign advertising Oakridge Centre Mall at this location (southwest corner of Cambie and 41st). It was taken in 1970. Woodward’s department store was the initial anchor of the mall when it opened in 1959.

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‘Big Yellow Taxi’ Syndrome

Okay, this block of admittedly quite humdrum-looking commercial properties here on Seymour St. (between Dunsmuir and Georgia and across Seymour from the Hudson’s Bay Company) doesn’t really count as a ‘paradise’, at least in my books.  But it serves as an … Continue reading

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Commuter Train to Fraser Valley

The image above was taken at Front and Begbie Streets in New Westminster, in about 1910. The train was a BC Electric commuter to the Fraser Valley – and it was apparently a packed run (or at least it was made to seem … Continue reading

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Trim That Carbon!

These BCER employees were part of the Arc Lamp Department and their job was to “trim” – i.e., replace – the two carbon rods that were the principal components of carbon arc street lights of Vancouver in the late 1800s and early … Continue reading

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Horse, Petroleum, and Electrical Power

The postcard shown above was published in 1910, just two years after the Hotel Dunsmuir (Dunsmuir at Richards) first opened for business. In front of the hotel, two differently powered vehicles are parked: in the center there appears to be a … Continue reading

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No Spitting, Please. We’re Canadians.

Apparently, in 1914, spitting on Vancouver streetcars could land you in the hoosegow. Today, public expectoration is frowned upon principally because it is a disgusting thing to see (and hear); but at the time this streetcar rule was posted, it was … Continue reading

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Georgia Viaduct #1 and Eastern Entry of Dunsmuir Tunnel

This coloured postcard was made sometime after 1915; that is the year that the ‘first’ Georgia Viaduct — the one shown here —  was constructed. This viaduct (unlike the current one, which was constructed in the early 1970s) was not twinned; both … Continue reading

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CPR Depot #2

Heraldic Postcard: Vancouver CPR Depot #2. Published by W G MacFarlane. Postage frank 1905 (sent from Portland, OR). Author’s file. This is the second of three CPR depots that have stood in Vancouver over the years. This depot was located on Cordova … Continue reading

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