Friday, May 23, 2008

Delivery Day at Fort Fraser Station!

Canadian National Railways Fort Fraser Station, Smithers Division, Nechako Subdivision, Mile Post 94.3, October 25, 1959. I have just turned 16, and the family is moving back to Seattle, after spending three fascinating years in Prince Rupert. See "In the Beginning."

I am taking my last shots of Canadian National Railways as we journey eastbound on Trans Canada Highway 16, from Prince Rupert to Prince George - in those days a harrowing experience. Most of the "highway" was dust and gravel in the summer time, mud and gravel and snow in the winter.

This is the third station on this site. The staff at CNR Fort Fraser placed an order for coal to keep the station and quarters warm, and today is delivery day! Yup, the coal is being shoveled right onto the platform!

Fort Fraser Station, with a 60 car siding, was located at the eastern end of Fraser Lake, established in 1806 as a North West Company fur trading post by the explorer Simon Fraser, it is one of present-day British Columbia's oldest permanent European-founded settlements.

Railroad Stuff: Canadian National Railways Floor Plan 100-421B.

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