Roy Fairbairn Walker fonds [multiple media]
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Roy Fairbairn Walker fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R15475-0-1-E, MG30-B98
- Type of material:
- Architectural and technical drawings, Photographs, Textual material, Maps and cartographic material, Art
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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- Fonds includes:
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- Place of creation:
1.47 m of textual records.
254 photographs : 207 b&w; 9 b&w glass plate negatives; 14 b&w negatives; 11 b&w copy negatives; 1 b&w nitrate negative; 12 cyanotype.
455 technical drawings.
1 print : poster.
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- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of textual records relating to the working life of Roy Fairbairn Walker. These include correspondence, notes and notebooks, pamphlets, charts, instructional booklets, photocopies, typescripts, magazine and news clippings, scrapbooks, text books, articles and papers. A wide variety of other media can also be found in the fonds, including technical drawings and schematics, diagrams, blueprints, black prints, maps, plans, photographs and negatives.
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- Biography/Administrative history:
Walker, Roy Fairbairn, 1887-1974 : Roy Fairbairn Walker was born on March 15, 1887 in Goderich, Ontario. He entered the service of the Grand Trunk Railway Company as a Mechanical Apprentice in the York Roundhouse in September 1902. In the fall and winter of 1906-07, 1907-08 and 1908-09, he attended the University of Toronto, one term in Arts and the other two in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. In the summer seasons between college terms, he worked in the Back Shop as an Improver for the Grand Trunk Railway in Ottawa, Ontario; as an Improver in the Erecting Shop for Grand Trunk Railway in Stratford, Ontario; and as a Rodman and Chainman for the Transcontinental Railway Construction Survey, north of Lake Nipigon at the Ombabika River Crossing. In the fall and winter of 1909-10, Walker worked as a Mechanic at the Grand Trunk Railway Roundhouse in Mimico, Ontario and as a Fireman for the same company in Belleville, Ontario. From March 1910 to December 1915, he was a Draughtsman for the Canadian Locomotive Company, Limited in Kingston, Ontario. Between December 27 1915 and April 1, 1919, Walker was enlisted in the Canadian Army, and was part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force that served in France. His regimental number was 304629. Of special interest is the fact that he was a Canadian Engineer who served in the First Tramway Company and the Canadian Light Rail Operating Company. The light railway companies came into existence when it became clear that the maintenance of roads was becoming a severe problem, in terms of the manpower needed and enormous quantities of road stone clogging up the supply routes. (For further information about Walker's service, please see the series description. To view Roy Fairbairn Walker's attestation papers or to order his file, please see: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=293468) After the end of the First World War and his return to Canada, Walker became employed as a Design Draughtsman at the Montreal Locomotive Works in June 1919, a job he held until 1928. He was on loan to the Canadian Locomotive Company, designing CNR locomotives in 1927-1928. In addition R.F. Walker worked for the New Welland Ship Canal, and was responsible for preparing and checking all shop drawings relating to the manufacture of the major quantity of steel castings and forged details used in lock gate of the Canal. From February to September 1928, Walker was employed by the Domnion Bridge Company, and worked as a Draughtsman in the Crane Department. In October 1928, Walker became a Design Draughtsman at the Canadian National Railways Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec. For sixteen years, he was responsible for the design and construction of S-4-a-b., U-1-f, U-2g.h, U-4-a.b., class steam locomotives, and the Q-3-a diesel electric switcher 7750, and also supervised all U-2 6100 and U-3-b class locomotives. ONe of the U-1-f locomotives he was responsible for was the CNR locomotive 6060 - these locomotives were nicknamed "Bullet Nose Bettys" due to their distinctive cone-shape smokebox door cover. The U-1-f Mountain class locomotives were the last steam locomotives purchased by CNR before the company converted to diesel power. Of the 20 that were built, only three remain, with only one in operational condition. From June 1944 until his retirement in March 1952, Walker was Mechanical Engineer for Canadian National Railways in Montreal. During his retirement, Walker continued to take an interest in Canadain and world railway history, and collected many photos and other related railway information. He appeared briefly on the CBC television program "Railways East, Railways West". Roy Fairburn Walker died on June 4, 1974.
- Finding aid:
Multiple media (Electronic) Finding aid consists of a file list for vols 1 to 26 and item list for some photos. MSS2538 (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- Fonds was donated to the Public Archives of Canada in 1974 as a gift from Donald S. Walker.
- Related material:
- For related material, please see generally the MIKAN 95 or RG30, the Canadian National Railways fonds. Also, see MIKAN 134440, or Grand Trunk Railway Company of Canada sous-fonds. See also MIKAN 102280, or R5500, for Andrew Audubon Merrilees fonds. For more specific material on individual employees of Canadian National Railways, see 191208. CN Oral histories and records of individual officers.
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