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              Friends of the Railway and Forestry Museum

                                                                                                                                                                        Volume 19 Issue 1
          A special thank you to all the friends of the museum—donors,
          members, and volunteers!                                                      Dash 9 CN Locomotive
                                      NOTICE


          To purchase a 2003-04 membership, see the on-site Gift Shop staff
          or telephone the Railway & Forestry Museum Office at 563-7351.
          .




                              Photocopying and paper
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo by Elaine Comish
                                     On Track
                               Published quarterly by
                           Railway and Forestry Museum,
                                  850 River Road,
                                Prince George, BC
                                      V2L 5S8
                                                                                        June Steam Days saw this CN Dash 9 GE locomotive on static display in front of the Penny
                  Canada Post Publication Agreement # 1446495                           Station. This 4400 hp diesel electric is two years old, state of the art, and capable of pulling
                                                                                        approximately 75 loaded cars weighing 7000 tons from Prince George to Jasper.
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 Message From The President                                                                         TRAIN TRAVEL
    By Daryl Moulder
                                                                                                    Continued from page 18               rows ahead of me. Together                THE
                                                                                                                                         we had a great time.                  LAST TRAIN
                                                                                                                                                                                    TRA
                                                                                                    Hatley. They were there to               The double seats in front
     By the time you receive this newsletter, Christmas will have passed and it will be a New       show their dairy cows. I walked      of me accommodated many                  RIDE
 Year. After six years, I have retired from the position of the President. I am pleased to report   around the thousand plus dairy       people including three babies
 that on November 24, 2002, Dean Mason was elected into this position.                              cows several times and did not                                         In memory of the Railway
                                                                                                                                         under the age of one (and one
     The Museum has been going through some big changes, with more to come. After my                find them; but I still had a great                                     and Forestry Museum
                                                                                                                                         who really needed a diaper
 years as President, I can see the Museum needs someone else to take it to the next level.          time. To my surprise, in the         change!) Surprisingly, there      members, volunteers,
 Dean and I will be working closely together as he assumes the role of President. I will            market lamb category, Texal          were a number of people I         and supporters who in
 continue to be active on site—my first goal is the building of the round house.                    Suffolk crosses won 1st              meet on the way to Halifax who    2002 have passed on to
     This past year has been a very busy and exciting, and I am pleased to say I can relate
                                                                                                    through 6th places—a cross           were also returning on the rail   the big railway museum
 this to the restoration work that has been accomplished. What is truly amazing is that since
                                                                                                    we have been breeding for            pass. The funniest event was      in the sky.
 November 2001, we have restored the Russell wooden snowplow, the Nechako business
                                                                                                    many years on our farm and           when the train ran out of die-
 coach, a BC Rail tanker, cosmetic work on locomotive 1520, PGE caboose 1845 and the
                                                                                                    getting good results. It was         sel out side of Sioux Lookout.
 CN locomotive 7818.                                                                                                                                                       Their contributions to the
                                                                                                    neat to see that someone else        After a delay of over an hour,
     Works in progress include the PGE cat car and the axle being repaired on the 25-ton                                                                                   Railway and Forestry
                                                                                                    is also doing it successfully.       they somehow got one of the
 locomotive. All this work is being done with the continued support from the businesses and                                                                                Museum over the years
                                                                                                         On a cold Tuesday morn-         engines running and we
 the community. I extend a big thank you to all the businesses that have helped with these                                                                                 are greatly appreciated.
                                                                                                    ing I boarded train #1 for           limped in to Sioux Lookout.
 projects. This shows that local businesses are interested in keeping our history alive.                                                                                   These special people will
                                                                                                    Kamloops. In the seat in front             Since returning, I have
     This past year we also saw an increase in visitors and the amount of money they spent.
                                                                                                    of me was Pauline going to           stayed busy. I am in a play       not be forgotten.
 This comes down to a great gift shop and great events. Our biggest success story for this
 year was the Halloween at Hogwarts. This was a six-day event that took lots of time and            Vancouver for her annual visit       called “Type A” where I play
 preparation, but what a success—1400 people in attendance and the talk of the town! A big          with her parents. Beside me          the computer nerd. I am look-
 thanks goes out to all those that helped with this event. I hope to see it back next year.         was Mark, who was going to           ing forward to the perform-
     In this past year, the Museum has received some great community awards. The Jeanne             Saskatoon to buy an antique          ances in February. I hope
 Clark Local History Award from the Library Board, the Tourism Business Excellence Award            car and drive it home to On-         everyone had a Merry Christ-      Check Out
 from the Chamber of Commerce, and I was one of five nominees for the Citizen of the Year           tario. Three teens from Japan        mas, and I send wishes for a
                                                                                                    and South Korea were two                                               www.trainweb.com for
 Award. None of these would have been possible without the support from the Museum                                                       Happy New Year.
                                                                                                                                                                           information on rail tours,
 members, volunteers, and staff.                                                                                                                                           railroad chat rooms, rail e-

                                                                                                      Save 4
     A date of note is January 19—this is the 20th Anniversary for the Society. I look at the
 Museum and wonder if, when the group was forming the Society in order to save one piece
                                                                                                          $                              Now offering $4 off any oil       cards, virtual tours, and
                                                                                                                                         and lube change with pres-        other train connections!
 of railway equipment—the Russell wooden snowplow—is this what they had in mind? I                                                       entation of PGRFM member-
 look at the park and cannot help but say WOW! If we have come this far in 20 years can                     Oil Change                   ship card.
 you imagine what can be accomplished in another 20 years? I can’t wait!                             Takes only 10 Minutes!
     I would like to thank everyone for their efforts and their patience with me while I was
 President. And, thank you to all the members, volunteers and staff for their work and sup-
 port over the past six years. Keep up the great work.                                                Oil and lube changes, coolant system and transmission flushing,       Donations in memory
                                                                                                        belts and hoses replaced, Mohawk gas, diesel and propane.             are gratefully ac-
    Daryl Moulder, President                                                                                 Mr. Quick Lube & Oil • 122 George Street                       cepted. Tax receipts
    Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum                                                               Prince George, BC • Telephone: 563-8160                            will be issued.

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TRAIN TRAVEL                                                                                                  PGRFM MEMBERSHIP DUES                                2003-04
Continued from page 16            cult. I found a bicycle rental        I then went to Quebec City;                      March 1 - February 28
                                                                                                                                                                   MEMBERSHIPS
                                  shop, got a map of the island    I love that city: it feels like Eu-                                                             Remember, your Railway
                                                                                                                               Family $35
streetcar giving rides; but       and decided to try out the PE    rope with its large brick build-                                                                and Forestry Museum—
they had no operating speed-      system of public trails that     ings and narrow windy cobble-           (maximum of 5 persons—2 adults and 2 or 3 children,
                                                                                                                                                                   Prince George and Region
ers. HA!                          used to be CN Rail tracks. I     stone streets. With a few days                      17 years of age or under)                   membership expires Febru-
     After the Museum I made      was going to try to bike to      to spare, I went to Niagara                               Individual $30                        ary 28, 2003. Please com-
my way to the Montreal sta-       Royalty Junction and after       Falls. The hostel is across the                                                                 plete the application form,
                                                                                                                           Senior (65+) $15
tion and boarded the train to     only 20 minutes, I arrived—      street and a stone’s throw from                                                                 found in the centre of this
Halifax. The service manager      maps are to a slightly larger    the US border. Each day the                         Student (13-17 years) $15
                                                                                                                                                                   publication, and return it with
actually recognized me from       scale than I am used to. I       Amtrak train from New York                                Lifetime $350
                                                                                                                                                                   your payment to 850 River
my two previous trips and         looked around and found          came through, and all the                                                                       Road, Prince George, BC
gave me a good deal on a          several signs of the old rail-   American food would be un-                                                                      V2L 5S8
lower berth. While in Halifax I   way. The whole site is cov-      loaded and locked up in a                                                                       Continue to enjoy the ben-
had lunch with Rebecca,           ered with trees around ten       room that only Canadian cus-
former employee of Forest         feet tall, but between the       toms could access. Then new           ON TRACK NEWSLETTER                                       efits listed below—renew
                                                                                                                                                                   now!
Expo/RFM-PG, and signed           trees I found old ties, rail     food would be loaded, crews           For information or for submissions to On Track contact:
up for a tour of Lunenburg,       spikes, and anchor bars. I       changed, and the train would
Mohone Bay, Chester, and          continued to bike north          continue on to Toronto as a
                                                                                                                                                                   MEMBERSHIP
                                                                                                         Roy Smith                     Elaine Comish
Peggy’s Cove. The east coast      through the small towns of       VIA train. The exact opposite         Telephone: 250-962-6942(h)    Telephone: 250-563-5847     BENEFITS
is spectacular and scenery        York, Suffolk, and Bedford.      would occur in the other direc-       Telephone: 250-562-2424(w)    Fax:      250-561-7120      • Free access to the Museum
varied from the green rolling     As I arrived in Bedford, two     tion. One night the train came        Fax:       250-962-6929(h)    E-mail:vwbeetle@shaw.ca       during normal open hours
hills at Chester to the wind      hours after striking out from    through from the US at 4 pm           E-mail:    rsinpg@telus.net                               • Mr. Quick Lube & Oil
swept rocks at Peggy’s Cove.      Charlottetown, it started to     as usual. I went to supper at 7                                                                   offers $4 off any oil and lube
     After Halifax I caught a 7   snow. Taking this as a sign      pm and saw the train was still        Deadlines for submissions:                                • Members Annual BBQ
am shuttle to Charlottetown,      from the gods, I started back    there—when I came back at             Spring 2003 newsletter submissions by March 15th, 2003.   • Free speeder rides during
PE. There was only one other      and the snow got thicker all     9 the train was STILL there                                                                       operating days
passenger—to my surprise it       the way to Charlottetown.        with some very unhappy peo-                                                                     • Free On Track Newsletter
was Tracey (I meet Tracey              I went on to Moncton, NB.   ple still onboard. In the morn-                                                                 • Invitation to PGRFM gen-
and Ryan on the train from        I had plans of seeing the        ing, the train was still there but                                                                eral meetings
Toronto to Vancouver a year       sights in Moncton, but the       the people on board were                                                                        • Opportunity to work as a
ago!) and she was going to        light snow in Charlottetown      gone. I guess something se-                                                                       volunteer of the Museum
                                  turned into a blizzard in        rious must have occurred if                                                                     • Save 10% at Gift Shop
Charlottetown to visit Ryan. I
                                                                                                                                                                   • 10% discount at McCloud
arrived to find that the hostel   Moncton. I spent the day be-     Canadian customs froze the
                                                                                                                                                                     Nine on Central by showing
was closed! Thanks to Tracey      tween the mall, the library,     whole train.                                                                                      your PGRFM membership
and Ryan, I was able to find      and the train station. VIA            I then went back to To-                                                                      card.
budget accommodation. In          Rail’s new European Renais-      ronto to see the Royal Win-                                                                     • Free access to the West
addition, Charlottetown has       sance cars where there for       ter Fair and to find the friends                   Thanks to Mag-Net Internet                     Coast Railway Heritage Park
no public transportation mak-     training crews and to show off   that I stayed with in North                   for designing and hosting our website               in Squamish; just show your
ing getting around very diffi-    to the public.                            Continued on page 19                        http://www.pgrfm.bc.ca/                      PGRFM membership card.

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GM’s Report
By Trudy Swaan                     And, congratulations to eve-         each year. We currently have
     The leaves have fallen,       ryone involved with the Mu-          9 houses, a skating rink, a
the weather has cooled, the        seum on winning the Cham-            large tree, and some people
summer staff has gone . . . the    ber of Commerce Tourism              donated. This will truly be-
season has wound down and          Business Excellence Award!           come a winter wonderland!
we are getting ready for win-      All your hard work over the              I would like to take this
ter. The Museum was open           years has been recognized.           opportunity to wish you and
until October 31 this year; we          One project in the works        yours a peaceful and happy
plan to track attendance to        is a vintage garage planned          Christmas Season and all the
see if it merits staying open in   for the site by the Vintage Car      best in the New Year.
the shoulder season.               Club. During the research for
     We had an excellent           the style of the garage, they
                                                                        UNBC ARCHIVAL
summer at the Museum with          found, in the Wally West
our attendance figures up 20-      Photo collection at Exploration      UPDATE
25 percent and with rev-           Place, some pictures of a
enues up as well! Thank you        1947 Prince George garage.           By Ramona Rose
to our staff and volunteers for    The Vintage Car Club likes the       Head, Archives and Special
all their hard work and enthu-     idea of building a replica of this   Collections
siasm over the summer.             garage on site. We will keep
     In looking for a unique       you informed as this project              I thought everyone might
idea for a fundraiser, we came     continues to develop.                like an update on the PG Rail-
up with Halloween at                    This year the members at        way and Forestry Museum
Hogwarts. It was held at the       the Museum started their             Archival Collection. The find-
Museum October 26-31, and          Christmas light up called            ing aid for the record boxes
this event was a resounding             Trees and Trains at             has been completed. An in-
success with 1400 people at-       Christmas. We have re-               formation page with photo-
tending. A heartfelt thank you     ceived $1000 in donated              graphs and your web page
to our generous sponsors, the      lights. A work bee was held          are available from our website
volunteers, and the staff for      and the lights were turned on        http://www.lib.unbc.ca/
making this one of the best        in the Park December 7. It           unbcarchives/ Click to the
events ever held at the Mu-        looks great and next year will       browse page and at the bot-
seum. This will definitely be-     be even better because we            tom of the page you will see
come an annual event. If you       plan to build on it each year.       the PGRFM Archival Collec-
are interested in volunteering          In conjunction with the         tion—click on this for general
for this fundraiser next year,     exterior light up, we have also      information on the collection
please call the Museum.            started a Christmas Village          and/or a link to the Railway
     Congratulations to Daryl      inside the Visitor Centre. This      Museum’s site. In a few more
for being nominated for the        will be built around the train       months, the collection will be
Citizen of the Year Award.         diorama and will also grow           accessible electronically.
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TRAIN TRAVEL                                                                                              GTPR DRILL PRESS
By Michael Hodgson                  bus to Vancouver and spent         outs are done and how neat             By Greg Phillips
                                    a few days visiting friends        and tidy the crown is. Well
      My latest trip started on     and family. On October the         Karolyn cleaned up. We were             BC Alignment recently do-
a cool morning at the               15, I caught the Greyhound         all seated at tables made of 4     nated a floor model industrial
Williams Lake BC Rail station       at 6 pm and headed to              x 8 plywood, and we had an-        drill press with the letters
on October 10, 2002, where          Kamloops. I got in at mid-         other table to hold all the tro-   GTPR stamped on its side;
I boarded the Prospector            night; the train arrived around    phies and plaques. After the       and, apparently, another
bound for North Vancouver.          2:30 am, and I was off!            banquet we went to a country       stamping indicating the date of
It was a nice trip but the mood          Three days later I arrived    dance; it was just like any        manufacture as 1908. Hope-
was sad because like me             at Toronto. I meet a friend,       country bar in the west except     fully we will find these numbers
there were several others rid-      Angela, and we had a good          everyone spoke French and          when we clean up the grease
ing the train for one last time.    time seeing all the major          there were little kids every-      and dirt. This press was very
                                    sites. After that I went on to     where. I got laughed at when       likely used in the CNR (for-
I got off the train in Squamish
                                                                                                          merly GTPR) roundhouse.
to visit the Westcoast Rail-        Montreal and looked up             I told them I brought photo ID.
                                                                                                               Using two trucks and op-
way Museum and went to a            some other friends who just        Apparently the minimum
                                                                                                          erators, Ron’s Towing deliv-
pay phone to call a cab. I          bought a new house. It is a        drinking age is just a sugges-
                                                                                                          ered the drill press to our
found there was no taxi num-        beautiful turn-of-the century      tion as far as they are con-       maintenance building. You
bers posted, and the phone          brick house with hardwood          cerned. The next day we went       might ask why did it take two
book was for Vancouver not          floors and a garage that used      shopping, ALL DAY!!!               trucks? Well, go and look at
Squamish. Agh!                      to be the stable and carriage           I also made it to the Ca-     this piece—it is massive,
      I finally got to the hostel   house. They were in the mid-       nadian Railway Museum at           standing close to 10 feet (3
and checked in for the night.       dle of the move, so I stayed       Delson/St.Constant, Que-           meters) tall and probably
I have never stayed in a            with their extended family on      bec. The day I was there,          weighing about a ton!
place quite like that—it            the other side of town. I think    there were three locomotives            This press will serve as
looked like the morning after       I have met almost all my           operating. Two were switch-        an artifact, demonstrating the
the big party. I picked my way      friend’s cousins!                  ing cars and one was giving        technology of a century ago;
through the beer cans to my              On to Sherbrooke where        rides in two heavy weight          but it will also be used in our
room to find that my room-          I stayed with Karolyn, a friend    coaches. I went with               future roundhouse.
mates where the big partiers.       of my sister’s. The family lives   Karolyn’s father who knew




                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Greg Phillips
I awoke at 7 am and started         on a small farm in a little town   one of the employees, so I               CORRECTION
walking to town. Squamish           called North Hatley. On the        got a ride in the 70-tonner         The Summer Issue of On
seems to be one of those            first day, we went to the          General Electric engine—the         Track cover photograph
towns where nothing opens           Plowman’s Association year-        same type I helped prime for        was the Russell snowplow.
till 10. I walked, and walked       end banquet. During the            painting at RFM-PG. One of          The caption incorrectly
and walked some more until          year, the farmers get together     the employees wanted to             stated, “built in 1910.” It
I finally made it to the mu-        several times and have             know how 1520 was doing—            should have read, “built
seum. Nice museum—well              plowing matches. They are          the steam locomotive at             between 1901 and 1903.”
worth the walk!                     judged on how straight the         RFM-PG. Also they had one           Please accept our sincere
      I then made my way by         lines are, how their ins and               Continued on page 18        apologies. The Editors            1908 GTPR drill press donated to RFMPG.

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                                                                                                   PRINCE GEORGE AND
SPECIAL EVENTS AND MORE                                                                            THE GRAND TRUNK
                                                                                                                                   RAILWAY AND FORESTRY
By Kelly Morris                 resounding success with al-        dedication and passion.         PACIFIC RAILWAY                 MUSEUM ELECTIONS
                                most 1400 visitors helping us           And lets not forget our                                    By Chris Hunter
                                                                                                   Continued from page 14
     The Railway and Forestry   top the statistical charts. We     hard working volunteers who
Museum was bustling with        are planning even more fun         help to make every special      George: Rivers, Railways,           Elections were held November 24 for the offices of presi-
activity all season. With in-   for next year and encourage        event a success! Our visitors   and Timber (Burlington: Wind-   dent, treasurer and directors. The Board is very proud to wel-
creased community aware-        anyone who is interested in        thoroughly enjoy watching       sor Publications, 1989), 35.    come four community representatives, Ken Pendergast, Kate
ness and visitor numbers ris-   participating to join the Spe-     the equipment operate. I            5 Runnalls, A History of    McCabe, Donna Scofield, and Penny Cartwright. Grant
ing, the museum was chock       cial Events Committee. Con-        have listened with delight as   Prince George, 130.             Moulder (not a new face at the museum) has also joined the
full with non-stop action.      tact me at the office, 563-        visitors bump into one of our       6 Frank Leonard, A          Board. Dean Mason is the new President and I have assumed
     From birthday parties in   7351,           or        email    volunteers who are fountains    Thousand Blunders: The          the role of Secretary-Treasurer. We would like to thank Elaine
the Endeavor railway car to     kellym@forestexpo.bc.ca            of knowledge, and they are      Grand Trunk Pacific and         Comish for all her hard work on the Board over the last sev-
the very enjoyable “Murder           It’s encouraging to see the   excited to share it with an-    Northern British Columbia       eral years. She, along with Lloyd, will continue to edit and pro-
on the BX Express” per-         Museum staff get involved          other railroad enthusiast.      (Vancouver: UBC Press,          duce this publication. The Board for 2002-2003 is as follows:
formed by the Kelly Road        and work hard to make every             What a great summer at     1996), 167.
Drama Club, the Museum          visitor’s experience a fun and     the Museum, next year will be       7 Runnalls, A History of                              OFFICERS
had it all. Our grand finale    an educational one. As you         EVEN        BETTER      (see    Prince George, 131-132.
and season closer was “Hal-     can see from the pictures, our     centerfold.)                                                       President - Dean Mason, RFMPG member
loween at Hogwarts” It was a    staff played their roles with                                                                         Vice President - Andy Jarbek, RFMPG member
                                                                                                                                      Secretary/ Treasurer - Chris Hunter, RFMPG member
                                                                                                                                      Past President - Daryl Moulder, RFMPG member
         2002 MUSEUM AWARDS
                                                                    CN SHOPS                           McCloud
                                                                                                                                                            DIRECTORS
       Jeanne Clarke Local History Award - The Board                WORK                               9 Eatery
 of Trustees of the Prince George Public Library annually           PARTIES                                                           Darwin McKinnon, RFMPG member
 presents this award to individual(s) who have made an                                                                                Don Holzworth, RFMPG member
 outstanding contribution to the field of local history.             Interested                         Serving Breakfast
                                                                                                             All Day                  Garry Grant, RFMPG member
       2002 Tourism Excellence Award – The Tourism                   in smaller
                                                                      projects                                                        Greg Phillips, RFMPG member
 Excellence Award is sponsored by Initiatives Prince                                                 6am to 10pm Sunday to
                                                                      and light                             Thursday                  Marion Switzer, RFMPG member
 George in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                     duties such                                                      Roy Smith, RFMPG member
 This award is given in recognition of a business, organi-                                             6am to 11pm Friday
 zation, or individual(s) that has hosted or promoted an              as painting,                       and Saturday                 Grant Moulder, RFMPG member
 event to attract or to encourage the use of the Prince                   etc.?                                                       Moe Coutu, Community Representative from Telus
                                                                                                        Banquet Facilities
 George area as a destination point.                                                                       Available                  Community Connections
     Citizen of the Year Nomination – The Prince George                 Call the                                                      John Armstrong, Community Representative from CN
                                                                                                      Bus Tours Welcome
 Community Foundation accepted the nomination of Daryl                 Museum                                                         Ken Pendergast, Community Representative
                                                                        Office                            1393 Central,
 Moulder in acknowledgement of his above average                                                                                      Kate McCabe, Community Representative
                                                                                                          Prince George
 volunteerism and dedication to the Prince George com-                563-7351                                                        Donna Scofield, Community Representative
                                                                                                             564-2330
 munity.                                                                                                                              Penny Cartwright, Community Representative

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PRINCE GEORGE AND THE GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RAILWAY
                                                                                                            RON’S TOWING                                                                                    VINTAGE SERVICE
Continued from page 12             Grand Trunk Pacific seems to        move away from the village.          By Greg Phillips
                                                                                                                                                                                                            STATION
                                   have been a fairly smooth           This meant, however, moving                                                                                                          By Greg Phillips
sion. In an attempt to allevi-     transaction, there were some        away from the comforts of                Ron’s Towing has been one of our more active friends dur-
ate the confusion between          difficulties in the transition of   their homes, gardens,                ing the past year. They have moved some items at the Mu-                                              I continue to work with
the two, South and Central         the Indians to their new land.      church, and especially their         seum, delivered two vehicles to the site, and moved a large                                     members of the Vintage Car
were added to the names.           Before they made the move,          graveyard. Many of the Indians       industrial drill press to our maintenance building. In addition,                                Club on this project. A draft
Prince George was the area         the Band members were               moved sixteen miles up the           they are currently engaged in bringing two more vintage log-                                    contract has been produced
bought from the Fort George        subjected to the bad habits         river, across from the commu-        ging trucks for display which will b on site by printing time. These                            for study by their board and
Indian Band by the Grand           of the white construction           nity now known as Shelley. As        moves are often difficult because the vehicles have been parked                                 ours. I recently met with Bob
                                   workers that flooded to the         part of the sale of their original   for many years and are often “buried in the bush.”                                              Campbell of Exploration Place,
Trunk Pacific Railway.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            who provided some pictures
    It is suggested that the       area. Runnalls writes that:         land, the Indians were given             It is through the generosity of Friends like Ron, who have
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and ideas for this project. He
railway company had hoped               Though the Indian Re-          money to build new homes             consistently stepped up when needed and have always re-                                         also provided the address of
to buy the land that Hammond       serve had been sold, the In-        and a church on their new re-        fused payment, that so much is accomplished at this Museum.                                     a website under construction
had purchased, but were too        dian village was still in the       serve.7 As part of the original      From all of us, Thanks Ron!                                                                     that gave us access to much
late and unwilling to pay          same place; and the hun-            agreement, the railway guar-                                                                                                         of the Wally West photo col-
Hammond’s price. It was only       dreds of men who were work-         anteed protection of the Indi-                                                                                                       lection. Although extremely
then that they turned to the       ing on the bridge, in going         ans traditional burial grounds.                                                                                                      busy with his own projects,
possibility of securing the land   down to South Fort George           While there is evidence of the                                                                                                       Bob shared his time with me
from the Fort George Indians:      to get their liquor, had to pass    cemetery still existing in                                                                                                           and indicated his willingness to
“The Grand Trunk Pacific Rail-     by the Indian village. Fre-         present day Fort George Park,                                                                                                        help the VCC in their quest for
way’s application to the Fed-      quently when returning noisy        what remains has been des-                                                                                                           designs.
                                   and drunk they dropped their        ecrated over time.                                                                                                                         Two of our main param-
eral government in 1908 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                            eters when planning this
purchase land in the vicinity of   bottles. This was too great a            _____
                                                                                                                                                                                                            project were that 1) it be a his-
the Hudson’s Bay Company           temptation for the younger               1 F. E. Runnalls, A His-                                                                                                        torically accurate near-replica
trading post, which it planned     Indians, though the older           tory of Prince George (Prince                                                                                                        of a former Prince George
to use as a railway yard, re-      men and the faithful mission-       George, 1946), 85.                                                                                                                   landmark, and 2) it will be a
sulted in lengthy negotiations     ary, Father Coccola, had                 2 Runnalls, A History of                                                                                                        display building. Thanks to the
between the railway company,       warned them to keep away            Prince George, 114.                                                                                                                  help we received from Bob,




                                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Greg Phillips
the Department of Indian Af-       from the liquor.5                        3 Canadian Board of Rail-                                                                                                       the committee believes that
fairs, the government of                As well, Frank Leonard         way Commissioners. Con-                                                                                                              we have the building design;
Canada, and the Province of        notes that “the influx of rail-     siderations of the Petitions of                                                                                                      however, as this is still a work
B.C.” 4 Eventually the Grand       way construction workers . . .      the Residents of Fort                                                                                                                in progress, the plans cannot
Trunk Pacific did finalize the     saw trapping and fishing de-        George, October 4, 1920.                                                                                                             be revealed. I can tell you that
                                   cline rapidly.”6 This made the      Accessed at The College of                                                                                                           the original building was con-
purchase of the land and ar-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            structed in 1947 and that long-
rangements were made to            elders believe that they            New Caledonia Library,
                                                                                                                                                                                                            time Prince George residents
move the native population to      needed to move away from            Prince George, BC. Page                                                                                                              will instantly recognize it!
a new reserve.                     the influences of the men           7669.                                                                                                                                      Future issues of On Track
    While the sale of the land     working in the Prince George             4 Bev Christenson, Prince       Ron’s Towing truck on site after delivering and moving museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                            will carry updates on this
by the Indian Band to the          area, and they began to                     Continued on page 15         artefacts.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            project.
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NEW FORESTRY ARTIFACTS                                                                                                            A SAD EVENING
By Greg Phillips                                                                                                                  Continued from page 9            platform since it was built.      on CBC radio. To see the end
                                                                                                                                                                        I took some photos of Don    of an era is always hard to de-
REO LUMBER TRUCK                                                                                                                  and 31 behind. There were        in the hogger’s seat of the       scribe.
                                                                                                                                  not as many passengers as        Budd car, and then we got to           Today I am happy to say
     This REO lumber truck is                                                                                                     I thought. The local TV news     go in the cab. This was spe-      that VIA has purchased the
over fifty years old, and it was                                                                                                  was taking some footage but      cial for me—I had never rid-      three dome cars of the Whis-
recently delivered to the mu-                                                                                                     did not interview anyone.        den the Budd cars, but now I      tler Northwind, and they will be
seum site by Darcy of Ron’s                                                                                                           As the Budds pulled in,      wish I had! Grant has had the     operating on the Skeena run.
Towing (at no cost to us.) The                                                                                                    I remembered the time eight      honor of riding on the Budd       (I was hoping that someone
truck was discovered near                                                                                                         years ago when I was wait-       cars, and now he had another      would purchase the entire
Bear Lake by RFMPG mem-                                                                                                           ing for my nine-year-old son     treat as he was allowed to ride   Whistler Northwind and run it




                                                                                                         Photo by Greg Phillips
ber Rip Kitchen; and the own-                                                                                                     to arrive for the Christmas      in the cab with Don over to the   from North Vancouver to
ers, the Bock/Rossetti family,                                                                                                    holidays. It was cold with       diesel shops. I do have to say    Prince George.)
were very happy to donate it                                                                                                      lots of snow. As the Budd        that I was misty eyed watch-           BC rail has gone through
to the museum.                                                                                                                    came to a stop in front of us,   ing Don bring the Budd cars       some huge changes this past
     This lumber truck was                                                                                                        I came back to the present       up to the shops. As I sat there   year. Many people are watch-
operated by the Rossetti                                                                                                          time. I looked down the pas-     watching the Budds come up        ing closely to see what will hap-
Lumber Company; and, ap-                                                                                                          senger platform I could not      to the shops, I thought about     pen next with this rail line. Will
parently, one of its main tasks                                                                                                   help but think of all the peo-   what I was going to say the       BC Rail be put on the chop-
was to deliver railway ties.                                                                                                      ple that have walked this        next morning in an interview      ping block? Only time will tell.
     It will be restored as a      Reo lumber truck donated to the Museum by the Brock/
static display. The body and       Rossetti family
interior will be refurbished and
a new deck will be added.          this truck spent the bulk of its   only needs some TLC. It ob-
After painting, the Rossetti       life working in the bush           viously was well maintained
name will be reapplied to the      around Prince George.              throughout its working life. It
doors, allowing the company            Formerly part of a fleet       will be restored as an operat-
to live on at the Museum.          operated by Mooney Broth-          ing exhibit and will be used
                                                                      around the site where heavy




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Photo by Daryl Moulder
                                   ers Logging, this arch truck
                                   was happily donated by             lifting is required. After being
WESTCOASTER ARCH                   Glenn Mooney, who strongly         repainted to Mooney Broth-
TRUCK                              desires the old girl have a        ers colours—it even came
       This is one of the few      new life. When talking to          with an original can of
remaining examples of a very       Glenn or his wife, you get the     paint!—Mooney Brothers
rare truck. These were trucks      strong impression that this        logos will be placed on the
built by IHC especially for the    truck is special to them.          doors. I hope to see this truck
mountainous terrain of British         Unlike many of the arte-       operating under its own
Columbia, Oregon, and              facts that come on site, this      power in future parades.                                    The BCR yard crew for the final run of the Budd car into Prince George were Bob Hannon,
Washington. Like the REO,          truck is in great shape and                  Continued on page 9                               Yard Foreman; Sherri Bargy, Supervisor Yard Operations; and Don Holzworth, Engineer.
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PRINCE GEORGE AND THE GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC                                                                   NEW FORESTRY ARTIFACTS
RAILWAY
                                  Runnalls describes the small          Oblate priests. It was “only af-    Continued from page 8
PART I                            community that existed at the         ter the announcement of the
By Brenda Herbert                 junction of the Fraser and            GTP route across British Co-
                                  Nechako Rivers before rumors          lumbia in 1907 did whites be-
    The arrival of the Grand      of an approaching railway be-         gin to enter the district in sig-
Trunk Pacific Railway to the      gan to circulate:                     nificant numbers.”3
Prince George area brought             Fort George had changed               There is clear evidence
with it many changes and          but little during the hundred         that the proposed arrival of the
several disputes. At the cen-     years since its founding in           railway caused a real estate
tre of one dispute was the        1807. It was still a small Hud-       boom in the community and
local First Nations population    son’s Bay Post and Indian vil-        triggered major disputes over




                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Greg Phillips
who ultimately lost their land    lage. But promise of the com-         land and the placement of the
to the railway. There also        ing of a transcontinental rail-       ever-important Railway Sta-
was an ongoing dispute over       way, together with the assur-         tion. The latter dispute
where to locate the railway       ance that there would be a di-        centered around the three dis-
station, and the final decision   visional point at the confluence      tinct communities surrounding
nearly caused one commu-          of the Nechako and Fraser Riv-        the proposed railway site.
nity to disappear. However,       ers, focused the attention of              A study of early Prince
despite the hardships and         real estate promoters and land        George leads to some confu-
disputes that came with the       speculators upon the strategic        sion because of the similar
railway, it also brought op-      situation of this area.1              names of the early communi-         Westcoaster arch truck donated to RFMPG by Glenn Mooney and family.
portunity. Residents were              Indeed, Runnalls further         ties that had emerged: Fort
able to obtain work as well
as to gain access to a
                                  suggests that “during the years
                                  from 1906 until the outbreak of
                                                                        George, South Fort George,
                                                                        Central Fort George, and            A SAD EVENING
greater variety of goods and      the Great War in 1914, the            Prince George. Central Fort         By Daryl Moulder                         There were a few on             Don Holzworth, Museum
services. Prince George did       great game of Western                 George was the area sold by                                             lookers at the station when we       member and volunteer, and
not exist before the arrival of   Canada was speculation in real        businessman and real estate             It was about 22:00 hours        arrived. The doubly sad thing        his crew. Don is a hogger who
the Grand Trunk Pacific Rail-     estate. The buying and selling        speculator George Hammond           on a cool October evening           was that this was the second         works in the BC Rail PG yard,
way, and the communities          of town lots for profit was rife in   while South Fort George was         when my son Grant and I             time for me to be standing on        and his crew has the honour
that were here before the         every town and city springing         the area surrounding the origi-     closed the Museum after an-         this platform to see a “final run”   of moving the Budd cars over
railway, Fort George and          up in anticipation of or as a re-     nal Hudson’s Bay Company            other successful day of Hal-        for BC Rail passenger serv-          to the diesel shops for the last
South Fort George, changed        sult of the coming of the rail-       trading post, and both were         loween at Hogwarts. We were         ice. I had come to the station       time. I was figuring that the
dramatically.                     way.”2 Prior to the announce-         originally named Fort George.       glad to be finished at the Mu-      the last time for the final ar-      Budds would be late com-
    Before the railway ar-        ment of the imminent arrival of       South Fort George was the           seum as we both had some-           rival and departure of the           ing—this was a very common
rived, Fort George was little     the Grand Trunk Pacific Rail-         first Fort George and               thing else we wanted to do.         Whistler Northwind. Here I am        thing—but they arrived five
more than a small trading         way, there were very few white        Hammond also registered his         This was the final arrival of the   again—I cannot believe that          minutes early. There were
post and Indian reserve.          men in the area other than            new town site as Fort               BC Rail Budd cars into Prince       this is happening; but it is all     only two Budd cars. I believe
Local historian Reverend          Hudson’s Bay Company serv-            George, adding to the confu-        George, and we wanted to be         part of business, so I am told.      Number 30 was in the lead
Francis (Frank) Edwin             ants, trappers, and traveling                Continued on page 14         there.                                   Grant and I stood with                 Continued on page 12
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