Canadian Railway Yards,
Water Towers,Round Houses,
Control Towers and Freight Sheds

What I am trying to do is sepperate all these various
structures from the Station pages
This section like the station pages is devided into provinces or area



 
 

British Columbia and the Yukon


Alberta
Manitoba
Atlantic Canada

 
 
 
Ontario
Quebec
Saskatchewan

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CP Roundhouse and Yards Victoria BC
Late 1990's
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Car Shop at Victoria BC Sept 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Car Shop Victoria, BC, Late 1990's
This picture was taken and submitted by James Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Car Shop Victoria, BC, 2003
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Car Shop Interior at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Car Doors West End of the Building
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Exterior Door on the North wall of the Backshop
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse Interior at Victoria BC, Late 1990's
Backshop area looking east
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse Interior at Victoria BC, Late 1990's
(typial fire door between rh stalls
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse Interior (Upper window on the east wall
of the blacksmith Shop at Victoria BC, Late 1990's
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Looking south from the backshop
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
The north side of the backshop looking west and the rear wall of the roundhouse
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
West end of the backshop looking North at 
the lunch room window
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Locomotive Service Pit
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Backshop area looking west towards the roundhouse.
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Interior of stalls 8,9 and 10 at exterior wall
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Interior of stalls 8,9 and 10
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
All four columns in the area of stalls 8,9 and 10
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Interior in the area of stalls 8,9 and 10
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Roundhouse at Victoria BC Late 1990's
Stalls 8,9 and 10. Looking at locomotive doors
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Fuel Shed and Sand Tower Victoria BC, Sept 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Stores Building Victoria BC, Late 1990's
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Plan of the Victoria BC Yards, 1913
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Please note "The information shown on this dwg is the property of
J W Booth and is intended for individual use only and not for commercial
use without the permission of J W Booth"
CP Plan of the Victoria BC Yards, 1913
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Please note "The information shown on this dwg is the property of
J W Booth and is intended for individual use only and not for commercial
use without the permission of J W Booth"
CP Plan of the Roundhouse at Victoria BC
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Please note "The information shown on this dwg is the property of
J W Booth and is intended for individual use only and not for commercial
use without the permission of J W Booth"
CP Roundhouse Victoria BC (Elevations)
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Please note "The information shown on this dwg is the property of
J W Booth and is intended for individual use only and not for commercial
use without the permission of J W Booth"
A photo of Victoria's Inner Harbour, taken from the 
Grand Pacific Hotel, early June 2012.
In the foreground, the dock used by the MV Coho of the
Black Ball Ferry Line, linking Victoria BC to
Port Angeles WA several times a day for a 90 minute ride: http://www.cohoferry.com/main/
The grey building in the 1935 postcard view is immediately
to the right with a glass portion now added.
Note the blue Johnson Street Bridge in a middle distance.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
CP landing place in Victoria BC c.1935
This photo was very likely taken from the
British Columbia Parliament Buildings
This picture was submitted by by Arthur Grieve, Winnipeg, Manitoba
E&N (Esquimalt & Nanaimo) Water Tower Duncan BC, 
June 1967
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Parker
Pacific Great Eastern PGE
Lone Butte Water Tower
This picture was submitted by Dale Redekopp St. Albert, AB
Pacific Great Eastern PGE
Lone Butte Water Tower
This picture was submitted by Dale Redekopp St. Albert, AB
Pacific Great Eastern PGE
Lone Butte Water Tower
This picture was submitted by Dale Redekopp St. Albert, AB
Pacific Great Eastern PGE
Lone Butte Artifacts
This picture was submitted by Dale Redekopp St. Albert, AB
CF (Crown Forest) Shops at Ladysmith BC, 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
A low oblique view of the CPR roundhouse and 
warehouse complex in the mid-1900s, showing its
proximity to the Vancouver downtown core. The
large building in the background is Hotel Vancouver.
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
Photo from http://roundhouse.ca/about-us/history-yaletown/ 
Thornton rail yard in Surrey, during the final
approach into Vancouver airport; July 18th,  2008. 
It is the major hub for all CN trains in and out of
Vancouver and also handles intermodal traffic, rail 
car repairs etc. Formerly named "Port Mann Yard", 
it was renamed to honour Sir Henry Thornton, the 
first president of the Canadian National Railways, 
at time when CNR amalgamated all the smaller
railways across Canada except the CPR into a 
government agency .

Spanning the old Port Mann Bridge between Surrey 
and Coquitlam built in the early 1960s is still standing . Judged inadequate for traffic today, it was disassembled 
after a 10-lane cable bridge built alongside, 
opened in 2012.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A ground view of the CN Thornton Yard in Vancouver. 
The old Port Mann Bridge in the background, formerly
part of the Trans-Canada Highway into Vancouver,
was demolished in 2012 and replaced by a
cable-suspended toll bridge in 2012.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Stitching from 2 photos allows a wide angle view
of the pedestrian bridge over the CPR Vancouver
downtown yard. The footbridge links the former 
Vancouver CPR station on the right (called Cordova 
Station by some), to the SeaBus, a water commuter 
service with frequent service between Downtown and 
North Vancouver.

Unrestricted to everyone, it provides a convenient
viewing platform for CPR yard movements directly
below. More to the right, during weekday rush hour,
the West Coast Express, a bi-level commuter service 
to Mission operates inbound in the morning and
outbound at night.  To the far right, the Skytrain uses
the Waterfront Station. This view looks east.  The 
end of the CPR tracks is just a bit beyond the 
bottom border of this picture taken from an 
adjacent public garden.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
CPR 5977 and one other loco, switching under the
pedestrian overpass, in downtown Vancouver. This
area fairly well now marks the end of the line for the
CPR in Canada which, in former days, carried on to 
Granville Island and beyond.

To the right, the blue and yellow double deck cars of
the West Coast Express can be partly be seen, 
loading for Mission during the afternoon rush hour;
while further to the right is the 
Skytrain Waterfront Station.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
West Coast Express 101 near CP Mileage 129 
(near Heatley Avenue) in Vancouver, which is almost
"end of track" for the CP. Taken from the Vancouver Lookout, Thursday, ?June ?19, ?2008.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Looking northeast at the CPR downtown yard from
the Vancouver Lookout, 19 Jul 2008.

The locomotives in the middle are CP 5713 and 5942. 
Middle left, the SeaBus ferry slip to North Vancouver 
and to the right, the Heliport, offering sightseeing 
service as well as transportation between Vancouver 
and Victoria.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A long shot from the Vancouver Lookout on
July 19th 2008, shows a good portion of the 
Vancouver downtown east side as well as the 
CP yard.

Another half-mile to the bottom left of the picture,
is the western end of the line for the CPR in Canada,
at the foot of Granville Street. Passenger trains now
use the former CNR Station (now Pacific Central
Station) near Main Street, about the middle
of the picture.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A telephoto shot from the  Vancouver Lookout
gives us a view of a small portion of the CP downtown 
yard on July 19th 2008. Notice the difference in livery between locomotives 5713 and 5942. One has the 
Multimark; the other is painted with the
"Dual Flag" logo.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The relationship between the Skytrain (foreground), 
West Coast Express (middle) and the CPR yard is
very well shown in this extreme telephoto from the Vancouver Lookout, on July 19th 2008

North Vancouver in the background is reached by
ferry, from the dark building in the middle of the 
picture. The pedestrian overpass over the CPR yard
(shown in another view) is to the extreme left.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
CP Drake St. (Vancouver) roundhouse in 1981
When they were just starting to develop the site for
Expo 86. quite a few of the buildings had to demolished. 
The pictures shown after this series shows what became 
of this site.
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Drake St. (Vancouver) roundhouse in 1981
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Drake St. (Vancouver) roundhouse in 1981
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Drake St. (Vancouver) Shops Oil House, 1981
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
CP Drake St. (Vancouver) Shops Oil House, 1981
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Taber AB
The Drake Street Roundhouse was a major factor
in the development of Vancouver as the western
terminus of the CPR and the biggest railway facility
of its kind in British Columbia.

Situated in Yaletown, a former warehouse district on
False Creek a short distance away from the downtown 
core, the CPR facility at the junction of Davie Street
and Pacific Boulevard, consisted in a cluster of buildings 
and a roundhouse, which expanded over the years. 
Yaletown acquired its name when the CPR moved its construction equipment and repair shops from Yale, in
the Fraser Canyon to Vancouver in the mid-1880s. 

Eventually, CPR abandoned the facility when it no longer became needed to service steam locomotives. The roundhouse, yard and buildings remained vacant and 
slated for demolition. In 1984, a proposal was made to upgrade the Drake Street roundhouse for Expo 86, whose main theme was transportation. The site proved highly popular with the general public but after Expo 86, all the temporary buildings were dismantled and the CPR Roundhouse sat alone, till rail enthusiasts formed a committee to save it. In 1997, the Vancouver Board of
Park and Recreation undertook to operate the building 
as the "Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation 
Centre" http://roundhouse.ca/ . The site has many links
which will lead to the history of the Drake Street 
Roundhouse and yards.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Construction of the original 10-bay roundhouse took place
in 1888. During 1911, the original structure was expanded
to include 12 additional bays. Further expansion took place 
in 1940 to accommodate larger locomotives and in 1950;
three of the bays were converted to a diesel servicing shop 
and it continued to the end, 125 years after the roundhouse
was first constructed. View a few good interior period photos at: http://www.trainweb.org/oldtimetrains/photos/drake_street/
roundhouse.htm

Notice the brick pattern, suggesting railway tracks into the
building. The engine turntable to the right has been deactivated 
and together with the pit, is used by the Roundhouse
Community Centre as an outdoor amphitheatre for 
community and cultural activities.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The faded writing on the wall reads ESSO, with a bit more writing under. The turntable is inactive and now covered 
with wood flooring, designed to accommodate the Centre’s outdoor activities. 

Next to the brick wall is entrance to the Engine 374 
Pavilion at Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard, a 
10-minute walk from downtown Vancouver or a few 
steps from the ROUNDHOUSE-YALETOWN Skytrain station.   The pavilion is run in partnership between the 
West Coast Railway Association (WCRA), the Vancouver Park Board and the Roundhouse Community and 
Recreation Association and it was built to house and preserve CPR 374, the steam engine which pulled the first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in 1887.

Staffed year-round daily except holidays by WCRA volunteers, the locomotive is displayed with  full-size
windows on two sides, affording 24-hour public view. 
Once inside, visitors can visit the inside of the cab. 
Admission is free but donations are appreciated. http://roundhouse.ca/about-us/engine-374/

More history can be obtained about the locomotive at: http://wcra.org/index.php/engine-374-pavilion/information
CPR 374 is also featured at: http://yourrailwaypictures.com/CPRsteamengines/.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Drake Street entrance of the Roundhouse
Community & Arts Centre on 9 May 2009. 
View more photos at: https://plus.google.com/108546243228479584209/
photos?hl=en or larger at
https://plus.google.com/photos/at/
Not visible is the Engine 374 building attached to 
the building.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
This vertical image from Google Earth shows how
the roundhouse complex is arranged today. To view
the exact location, access: 181 Roundhouse Mews Vancouver, BC 
The square building houses the CPR #374 locomotive, 
which pulled the first passenger train into Vancouver; arriving on May 23, 1887. Up to the 1970s, Yaletown 
was an agglomeration of sawmills and warehouses on 
the shores of False Creek until discovered by young
urban professionals who saw Yaletown's old warehouses 
as an alternative to downtown living, providing some 
artists with inexpensive and ample studio space.
It led to the redevelopment of the now trendy area with condos all around.

Using Google Maps or Google Street View, try approximately 1268 Pacific Boulevard for a front
view of the locomotive and 164 Davies St for a fairly
good side view of Engine 374. That will place you very
close. The full length plate glass glass extends on two
sides from the ground, all the way up. If all else fails,
go to the corner of Pacific Avenue and Davie Street
in either program Street View.

Source: Google Earth – Submitted by Massey F. Jones
CPR Hotel, North Ben BC with The Mountain Hotel
at the right of it
These pictures were submitted by Arlana Nickel, Kamloops, BC
These pictures were submitted by Arlana Nickel, Kamloops, BC
CN Endako BC Bunkhouse and Station

Endako is a tiny community located about 2 hours west of Prince George via Highway 16. It is mile 0 of the Endako subdivision and is supported by both a molybdenum mine
and the CN Railway. The building in the photo is really a bunkhouse, but the platform outside the building serves 
as a flag station for Via Rail's Jasper-Prince Rupert Line (aka the Skeena). Although the community's small, there
are three tracks by the bunkhouse/station and there's
even a wye for turning trains around. 

This picture was taken by Bill Walker and submitted by Corey Walker,
Prince George, BC
CN Endako BC Bunkhouse and Station
This picture was taken by Bill Walker and submitted by Corey Walker,
Prince George, BC
CP Yards at Midway BC, Sept 1981
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Freight Shed, Midway BC, Sept 1981
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Freight Shed, Midway BC, Sept 1981
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Shops at Nelson BC, 1986
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Yards at Nelson BC, Sept 1981
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
BC Rail Yard, Quesnel, BC
This picture was taken and submitted by Corey Walker, Prince George, BC
An outbuilding at the BC Rail yard, Quesnel BC
This picture was taken and submitted by Corey Walker, Prince George, BC
CP Roundhouse and Shops, Pentiction, BC, Fall 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Roundhouse, Pentiction, BC, Fall 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Roundhouse site, Pentiction, BC, Fall 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Over head door at back of the Roundhouse, 
Penticton, Fall 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Rear of the CP RH Penticton BC, 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Rear of the CP Roundhouse at Penticton, BC, Fall 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
Fuel Tank at CP Round House Penticton, BC, Fall 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB

Yukon


YP & YR Maint. Building, Carcross YT August 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB
YP & YR Maint. Building, Carcross YT August 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth, Willingdon AB

 
BNY Co. Shipyard is included here because considering that the ship yard piece of property 
was owned by the WP & YP through it's 
subsidiary BYN  CO. When the ship yards were 
in full use there was about 50 ft between the boats the locomotive shed. The picture shows no activity on shipyard site, but lots of activity on the railway site.
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth
In these two pictures you will see houses along the river. Those houses were built by squatters who needed a place to live in the winter month's when there was very little work in the ship yards. Whitehorse has an interesting history! Gold, the White Pass RY, the WW2 airport, the Alaska  highway, etc: 
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth
The WP & YR played a very important part in the history of the Yukon. Compared to the amt. of 
land used by the railway, the shipyards took up 
very little space.
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth
Rail Yard in Whitehorse YT, Aug 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth
Rail Yard in Whitehorse YT, Aug 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth
Rail Yard in Carcross YT, Aug 1982
This picture was taken and submitted by Jim Booth

Links to other Old Canadian Railway Pages


The Steam Engines of the CNR
Canadian Railway Artifacts
The Steam Engines of the CPR
     
Canadian Railiners/Dayliners
 Old Canadian Rolling Stock
 Freight Cars
Old Canadian Rolling Stock
 Passenger Cars
     
Canadian Train Stations
Canadian Cabooses
 Canadian Cabooses
   
This page now contains some pictures of 
the interior of a restored 1940's caboose
The Grain Elevators of Western Canada
MOW (Railway Maintenance Equipment)
Train Bridges and Trestles
     
Untimely End
Canadian Railway Tunnels
with a detailed look at the
CPR Spiral Tunnels
Canadian Old Logging and Mining
Equipment and Steam and Diesel Locomotives
     
The Scrap Yard
Old Canadian Diesels
CPR Train Orders
     
CN Locomotives
VIA Rail Locomotives
CP Locomotives
     
Industrial Locomotives, and
on Site Diesel
Robot Cars
Others Locomotives
     
Calgary's Heritage Park
The Halifax & South-Western Museum
Electric Locomotives and Street Cars
     
 
The Newfoundland Railway
 
Old Tractor Pictures

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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