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Material
METAL/ALLOY-BRASS; ANIMAL-LEATHER;
Description
a: A brown rectangular wooden case cover in leather with straps secured with brass buckles. There is a sturdy leather handle on the top of the case - also 2 leather back straps attached at the centre top with a large `brass `D`ring. This ring is attached to the case by a large `tear drop`piece of …
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Title
Surveyor's Level
Manufacturer
E.R. Watts & Son
Original Owner
K.G. Polyblank - written in ink on top of box lid - a railway surveyor.
Other Names
dumpy level
Surveryor's case
Manufacturer Notes
E.R. Watts & Son, Surveyor`s and Architects Instruments and Materials. Head Office and Works, 123 Camberwell Rd. London S.E. England. Ottawa 200 Wellington St; 408 Portage Ave Winnipeg. Àll kinds of surveying instruments (by any maker) can be repaired at our Winnipeg Store by experienced workmen trained in our London Works.
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Sub-Category
SURVEYING AND NAVIGATIONAL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Place Of Manufacture
England: London
Place Used
Used for railroad and highway surveys.
Start Date
1905
End Date
1981
Period or Date Notes
Taken from original accession card. Bought for $25 in 1935 and it was 30 years old at that time.
Description
a: A brown rectangular wooden case cover in leather with straps secured with brass buckles. There is a sturdy leather handle on the top of the case - also 2 leather back straps attached at the centre top with a large `brass `D`ring. This ring is attached to the case by a large `tear drop`piece of leather which has been screwed into place with 5 screws. The other ends of the back straps are screwed to the ends of the case - about 6.5 cm up from the bottom corner. A Canadian National Express sticker in on the front of the case. The name of the previous owner is neatly written in ink on the top "R.G Polyblank". Two rectangular pieces of leather (8.6cm x 5.5cm) cover two heavy brass hook closures. The hooks are unusual in that they angular like the number 7. They are screed on at the bottom and hook over a brass screw. The leather flap stops them from working loose under the strap. There are two leather strap guides on the front. These are screwed on with 6 screws each and are 8.5 cm 2.5cm long x 2.5 cm wide. Attached to the bottom of the box is a small, brown round 'container' with "Fitting for Telescope Cap" printed on the top. b:Tall wooden tripod to secure surveyor's level with a round brass threaded mountin plate at the top. The brass plate is attached to the legs with 3 large brass wing nuts. The bottom tip of each leg has a pointed metal piece attached to it. Two of the tips are 9cm long, the third one which on the repaired leg is 7cm long. The two longer metal tips have a half round tab on one side at the top. The tab on the shorter tip is 1.3 cm down from the top. c: A wide brass ring which screws on to the tripod base. One end is threaded on the inside & has a 0.3cm wide rim. The outside of the same end has two narrow rows of patterened engraving to give a 'gripping' surface. From this the outside curves in slightly & down to a rounded edge. d-e: Scope and base. Scope has Manufacture's name and the number 3396 on one side. The level is mounted underneath it. f: Spare Bubble for level - Stored in a triangular wooden enclosure in the front right hand corner of the box. NOTE - This was not taken out of the compartment for fear of breakage. g: Spare eye piece for the scope h-j: Small round metal container that screws together h-i; Contains j which is a small ring with 2 brass screws attached. k: Copper cylindrical tube with open ends (possible a lense hood - note taken from donor card.) l-n: Three spare needles, one larger than the other two
Narrative
Donor file card has info and pieces identified with their letters
History Of Use
Used in Quebec and BC - including the Skeena Region. This is a common surveying instrument. There were only two kinds of levels availabe when the railway cam, to be used in surveying. These were the "Y"level and the dumpy. The level was made by E.R. Watts & Sons, London, England. The level was bought by mother-for-father in 1935 for $25 used. It was 30 years ol then. The previous owner was Polyblank - a railway surveyor. Thomas Edward Clarke was born in Bothwell, Ont. in 1888, came west in 1908. In Edmonton he was hired as Chainman for Garnet Hughts on preliminary location of GTP to Jasper; reached Jasper Christmas 1908. Then he continued surveying until 1960 in different areas of BC In 1926 he was the Assistant District Engineer for Dept. of Public Works in Smithers. The Central Park building was 6 yrs. old then and he had an office on the second floor. The position he had was equivalent to the current position of "Highways Superintendant". (In 1926 conversion had just been made from Horse and wagon to trucks.)He was involved with initial road building in the province.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-BRASS; ANIMAL-LEATHER;
Height
27 cnm
Width
14.5 cm
Length
43 cm
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
14
Accession No.
1986.12.1 a-n
Model Name or No.
Instrument numberL 3396; Constant 21.75 inches (scope)
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Date Range
[ca 1913]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
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Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P3548
Accession No.
1996.151.6
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 14 x 8.8 cm
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
[ca 1913]
Subject Access
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Related Material
1996.151.1-17 are from the estate of Alice Eggleston and were donated by Alice's friend Winifred Bacigalupi of Oregon.
Notes
Postcard format.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images

Washed out railroad tracks along the [Skeena River?]

https://search.bvmuseum.org/permalink/descriptions1979
Date Range
n.d.
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1218
Accession No.
1983.1
Physical Description
1 photograph; b&w; 7x11cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
n.d.
Subject Access
Canadian National Railways
Geographic Access
Skeena River
Notes
May have been caused by the Skeena River flood in 1936.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images

Washed out railroad tracks along the [Skeena River?]

https://search.bvmuseum.org/permalink/descriptions1980
Date Range
n.d.
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1219
Accession No.
1983.1
Physical Description
1 photograph; b&w; 11x7cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
n.d.
Subject Access
Canadian National Railways
Geographic Access
Skeena River
Notes
May have been caused by the Skeena River flood in 1936.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images
Date Range
[191-?]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P3339
Accession No.
1995.25.19
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 12.5 x 9 cm
Scan Resolution
600 dpi
Date Range
[191-?]
Subject Access
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images
Material
METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN; GLASS; RUBBER;
Description
A: Light blue metal lantern. The face has two small light bulbs, one is inside a concave circle. There is a metal ring around the outside of the bulbs to protect them. This ring is raised 5cm from the rest of the lantern. The body of the lantern is a blue metal cylinder with a large round handl…
Manufacturer
Star H_a____ight Lantern Co
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR COMMUNICATION
Sub-Category
VISUAL COMMUNICATION TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
A: Light blue metal lantern. The face has two small light bulbs, one is inside a concave circle. There is a metal ring around the outside of the bulbs to protect them. This ring is raised 5cm from the rest of the lantern. The body of the lantern is a blue metal cylinder with a large round handle which is covered with thin rubber. The handle attaches to the lantern at each side of the cylinder. The lantern stands on the metal rings extending from the edge surrounding the bulbs. Inscribed on the blue dome top is a star and the words 'STAR H_A__IGHT LANTERN CO.' 'Tucker' is scratched into the side. B: Large EverReady Waterproof Lantern Battery.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-UNKNOWN; GLASS; RUBBER;
Height
33
Width
16
Length
35
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Number Of Parts
2
Accession No.
1992.9.70 a-b
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Material
METAL/ALLOY-IRON-WROUGHT;
Description
A black spike with rough, hewn marks and an offset head. The spike appears to have been homemade.
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Category
DISTRIBUTION AND TRANSPORTATION OBJECTS
Sub-Category
RAIL TRANSPORTATION ACCESSORY
Start Date
1900
End Date
1920
Description
A black spike with rough, hewn marks and an offset head. The spike appears to have been homemade.
Material
METAL/ALLOY-IRON-WROUGHT;
Width
1.3
Length
3.7
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Accession No.
1990.27.3
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Images
Material
METAL / ALLOY - UNKNOWN
Description
A tall round metal container with a smaller tube attached to one side. The larger tube was used by the railroad to store a cap and signal flag for employees to use for incoming trains and has a hinged top. The smaller tube is hollow and welded to the larger one at both top & bottom making it possib…
Manufacturer Notes
H.L. PIPER, MONTREAL
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR COMMUNICATION
Sub-Category
VISUAL COMMUNICATION TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
A tall round metal container with a smaller tube attached to one side. The larger tube was used by the railroad to store a cap and signal flag for employees to use for incoming trains and has a hinged top. The smaller tube is hollow and welded to the larger one at both top & bottom making it possible to fit over a stake set in the ground. H.L. PIPPER MONTREAL is stamped on one side of the larger tube.
History Of Use
Used to signal raidroad trains
Material
METAL / ALLOY - UNKNOWN
Accession No.
1989.14.1
Type of Record
Museum Artifact
Material
METAL-STEEL; WOOD-UNKNOWN; FABRIC-CANVAS; RUBBER;
Description
This item has a long wooden handle like an axe handle, but the steel blade is shaped like a large chisel. There is a thick layer of padding wrapped around the blunt end of the chisel that is a layer of rubber, then a thick canvas, then rubber again. The wood handle is 69cm long. The steel chisel is…
Category
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR MATERIALS
Sub-Category
METALWORKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
Description
This item has a long wooden handle like an axe handle, but the steel blade is shaped like a large chisel. There is a thick layer of padding wrapped around the blunt end of the chisel that is a layer of rubber, then a thick canvas, then rubber again. The wood handle is 69cm long. The steel chisel is 25.5cm long.
History Of Use
This item was used as a railroad track chisel a long time ago.
Material
METAL-STEEL; WOOD-UNKNOWN; FABRIC-CANVAS; RUBBER;
Units Of Measurement
Centimeters
Dimension Notes
Dimensions included in object description
Accession No.
1991.0143.0001
Photograph or Negative No.
None
Type of Record
Museum Artifact

Telkwa's railroad and automobile bridges

https://search.bvmuseum.org/permalink/descriptions1781
Date Range
n.d.
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Other Title Info
Title based on photograph contents
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1020
Accession No.
1982.9
Physical Description
1 photograph; b&w; 12x9cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
n.d.
Geographic Access
Telkwa, B.C.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images

Unidentified man hauling railroad ties

https://search.bvmuseum.org/permalink/descriptions1906
Date Range
[1920?]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Scope and Content
Photo is of an unidentified man hauling ties out of the bush using large horse drawn sleds
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Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1145
Accession No.
1982.25
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 14.5 x 8.0 cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
[1920?]
Scope and Content
Photo is of an unidentified man hauling ties out of the bush using large horse drawn sleds
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images
Date Range
1920s
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Item No.
P1147
Accession No.
1982.26
Physical Description
1 photograph: b&w; 17.5 x 12.5 cm
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
1920s
Geographic Access
Telkwa, B.C.
Reproduction Restrictions
Item is now public domain. Ignore stamps on back.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images
Date Range
n.d.
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
H.M. Douglas & Co.
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1220
Accession No.
1983.1
Physical Description
1 Photograph: b&w; 9 x 6.5 cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
n.d.
Geographic Access
Skeena River
Notes
May have been caused by the Skeena River flood in 1936.
Note on back: "View of 2000 ft. washout at 7.8 Skeena (?), and part of shovel crew on their way to Terrace to get grub"
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images
Date Range
n.d.
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1221
Accession No.
1983.1
Physical Description
1 Photograph: b&w; 11.5 x 7 cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
n.d.
Geographic Access
Skeena River
Notes
May have been caused by the Skeena River flood in 1936.
Train tracks that were washed out.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images
Date Range
n.d.
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1222
Accession No.
1983.1
Physical Description
1 Photograph: b&w; 11.5 x 7cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
n.d.
Geographic Access
Skeena River
Notes
May have been caused by the Skeena River flood in 1936.
Train tracks that were washed out
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images

Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad, Rose Lake.

https://search.bvmuseum.org/permalink/descriptions2381
Date Range
ca 1912
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
Bernard Bordessa
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1621
Accession No.
1987.53.4
Physical Description
1 Photograph: sepia; 6 x 4 cm
Scan Resolution
96 dpi
Date Range
ca 1912
Notes
The Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad headquarters at Rose Lake.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images

[Guy Farrell?] with sled load of railroad ties

https://search.bvmuseum.org/permalink/descriptions2548
Date Range
[1938]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
McNeil, Jack
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P1797
Accession No.
1988.18.1
Physical Description
1 photo: b&w print; 11 x 14.5 cm
1 photo: b&w print; 14 x 9 cm
Date Range
[1938]
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images
Date Range
[1908-1910]
re-print, n.d.
Collection
The Johns Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
The Johns Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Creator
W. P. Johns
Item No.
P0202
Accession No.
1979.7.121
Physical Description
B/w re-print: 5 x 7 cm
Negative Number
F26
Date Range
[1908-1910]
re-print, n.d.
Notes
Written on back: "Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Crew 1908-10 outside bunkhouse. Probably near Bateman Landing. Dogs of Dr. W.P. Johns - need to pack medical supplies to crew\ Taken from original photos of Dr. W.P. Johns"
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images

Engineer Harlow painting "point of completion, April 7th 1914" on railroad track.

https://search.bvmuseum.org/permalink/descriptions1099
Date Range
[April 7, 1914]
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Other Title Info
Title based on photograph contents.
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P0336
Accession No.
1979.7.276
Physical Description
1 photograph: sepia; 14 x 8.5cm.
Negative Number
F35
Date Range
[April 7, 1914]
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images

Smithers, B.C., along the railroad tracks.

https://search.bvmuseum.org/permalink/descriptions1333
Date Range
1913-1917
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
  1 Image  
Collection
BVM visual record collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
graphic material
Other Title Info
Title based on photograph contents.
Creator
Gilbert Clarke Killam
Name Access
Gilbert Clarke Killam
Fonds No.
C2
Item No.
P0571
Accession No.
1980.16.602
Physical Description
1 photograph: b & w; 24 x 14cm.
Negative Number
F203
Date Range
1913-1917
Geographic Access
Smithers, B.C.
Notes
Killam was in Smithers from 1913 to 1917 before joining the Army, hence the photo would have been taken during this time.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Images

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