Canadian Government Railways [multiple media]
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Canadian Government Railways [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R231-755-9-E, RG30-IV-A-l, RG30M 1997-02150-1
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Architectural and technical drawings, Maps and cartographic material, Photographs
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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- Context of this record:
Record Information – Details
- Series includes:
39 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
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- Place of creation:
52.3 m of textual records
83 architectural drawings
2 technical drawings
1 photographic album : 139 b&w photographs.
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- Scope and content:
Series consists of records generated and maintained by the Canadian Government Railways, the name which increasingly replaced the Intercolonial Railway after 1900. The records include correspondence in the form of letter registers and telegrams, property records, financial records, operational records, legal records, personnel records, public relations information, and memorabilia.
Architectural drawings, technical drawings, and maps consist of drawings of Intercolonial Railway stations and facilities (items #9-79a of RG30M 1997-02150-1).
Photographic album has the title "Canadian Government Railway, Halifax Ocean Terminal, Process Photographs" on the cover. 238 pages, with 139 b&w photographs. Images are primarily of railway station & bridge construction. Dates range from Jan 11, 1914 to March 3, 1920. Photographers stamp on many of the images identified as "Gauvin & Gentzel, Halifax".
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- Biography/Administrative history:
Canadian Government Railways : The Canadian Government Railways began with the Intercolonial Railway. An Intercolonial Railway, designed to link the colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with Canada had been the subject for discussion for thirty years before an accord on its construction was reached. In reply to an appeal from the colonies for Imperial aid in constructing such a railway, the Secretary of State, in a dispatch dated April 12, 1862, informed the colonies that an Imperial guarantee of interest on any loans obtained by the colonies for the purpose of this construction would be made available. At a conference held in Quebec in September 1862 the representatives of each colony agreed to accept the offer and upon the extent to which each would participate. Before construction could commence, the confederation of the colonies into the Dominion of Canada occurred and, under the British North America Act, the railway lines already constructed and owned by the provinces, the European and North American Railway (RG 30 IV A2) and the Nova Scotia Railway(RG 30 IV A3), became the responsibility of the Dominion Government which was obligated to extend them into an Intercolonial System. The Dominion Act 31 Vic. Cap. 13 of December 21, 1867 authorized the construction of a railway linking Rivière du Loup, Quebec with the Halifax-Truro railway line and appointed commissioners to oversee construction and management. The 700 mile main line, originally broad gauge but converted to standard gauge before completion, was opened for traffic on July 1, 1876. In 1874 responsibility for the Intercolonial Railway was transferred from the Commissioners to the Minister of Public Works and, in 1879, to the Minister of Railways and Canals. In 1879 the line was lengthened by the purchase of the Grand Trunk line from Riviere du Loup to Charny near Quebec City, which was extended to Levis in 1884. An eastern extension was completed in 1881 when a line was constructed through Cape Breton Island to Sydney. In 1899 the Intercolonial Railway was extended to Montreal by the purchase of the 131 mile line of the Drummond County Railway (no records at NA) which ran as far as Ste Rosalie, P.Q. and the acquisition of running rights over the Grand Trunk from Ste Rosalie to Montreal. Subsequent to 1900 the name Canadian Government Railways increasingly replaced Intercolonial Railway particularly when, after 1915, the National Transcontinental Railway (RG 30 IV B) was added to the system. In addition to the main Halifax-Montreal line the Intercolonial was responsible for the Prince Edward Island Railway which was transferred before completion upon the province entering confederation. In addition, several small branches were built and numerous small companies which are mentioned in the appropriate portions of the inventory. RG30 general inventory
- Finding aid:
Architectural drawing, technical drawing, cartographic material (Paper) The finding aid consists of a list to the item level. The drawings for stations and other facilities are indexed in the Building Type Index. RG30M 1997-02150-1. Finding aid available in main reference room. (90: Open)(Electronic) All or some of the documents described have been digitized and are available at the following address: (90: Open)
http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_179706?usrlang=en(Electronic) The finding aid is a file list and is available as a PDF attached to this record. 30-37 PDF (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf002/30-37_volumes_3113 to 3133_open.pdf
- Additional information:
- Source of title:
- Title is based on the contents of the series.
- Custodial history:
- RG30M 1997-02150-1 was transferred in March 1997 from CN headquarters, Montreal.
- Availability of other formats note:
- RG30M 1997-02150-1: Items #9 to 79a have been microfilmed. The microfiche numbers range from NMC 182983 to NMC 183055, inclusive.
- No further accurals are expected.
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