On The Rails of Northern British Columbia's History


Kenneth Scott Bateman - CNR Engineer



Ken Bateman of Smithers BC was an engineer for CNR for 25 years before he and Frank Watson died in a slide on November 2, 1978 - Image from Robert McDonald of oil-electric.com

The Trainwreck of 78 took the lives of Ken Bateman and Frank Watson in northern British Columbia

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Other Documents, Studies, and Reports

Links and information on this page are related to the storm or trainwreck of 1978 in North Central British Columbia and the history of the railroad in BC and Canada. Some are studies done by universities or corporations, others are provided by government or services and Wikipedia refrences and information. Further there are reports of environmental events of the past or predicted in the future in British Columbia. If you know of such information yourself, please email me: hoghead@trainwreckof78.ca



Canadian National Railways locomotives were Kenneth Scott Bateman's life and love and it is where he died in 1978



Painted photograph of CNR Skeena Crossing in northern BC by Ken Bateman of Boo Graphics in Kelowna BC

Skeena Crossing



Grand Trunk Railway history in British Columbia



Grand Trunk Pacific

A wholly owned subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR), the GTPR was constructed by GTR using loans provided by the Government of Canada. The company was formed in 1903 with a mandate to build west from Winnipeg, Manitoba to the Pacific coast at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. East of Winnipeg, the federal government would build the National Transcontinental Railway (NTR) across Northern Ontario and Quebec, crossing the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City and ending at Moncton, New Brunswick. The conceptual plan was to have GTR operate both GTPR and NTR as a single transcontinental railway, competing with the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).




Northern Pacific Railway in the Lower mainland of BC



Great Northern Railway

The Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN), running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington—more than 1,700 miles (2,736 km)—was the creation of the 19th century railroad tycoon James J. Hill and was developed from the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. The Great Northern's route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the United States and was north of the Northern Pacific Railway route. It was completed on January 6, 1893, at Scenic, Washington.

The Great Northern was the only privately funded, and successfully built, transcontinental railroad in United States history. No federal land grants where used during its construction, unlike every other transcontinental railroad built. It was one of the few transcontinental railroads to avoid receivership following the Panic of 1893.





Canadian National Railway history in Canada and USA



Canadian National Railway

CN is the largest railway in Canada, in terms of both revenue and the physical size of its rail network, and is currently Canada's only transcontinental railway company, spanning Canada from the Atlantic coast in Nova Scotia to the Pacific coast in British Columbia.

Following CN's purchase of Illinois Central (IC) and a number of smaller US railways it also has extensive trackage in the central United States along the Mississippi River valley from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico. Today CN owns approximately 20,400 route miles of track[1] in 8 provinces (the only two not served by CN are Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island), as well as a 70-mile stretch of track into the Northwest Territories to Hay River on the southern shore of Great Slave Lake; it is the northernmost rail line anywhere within the North American Rail Network, as far north as Anchorage, Alaska.




Southern Railway of Vancouver Island in BC



Southern Railway of Vancouver Island

The Southern Railway of Vancouver Island (SVI), formerly the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway (which it is still called by people living on the Island), is a regional railway in British Columbia, Canada.  It runs from Victoria to Courtenay, with branch lines from Parksville to Port Alberni and from just south of Nanaimo to the SVI's main rail yard and car float slip (dock) on the Nanaimo waterfront. The line is owned by the Island Corridor Foundation and operated under contract by SVI.


Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia and Canada


Canadian Pacific Railway

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), formerly also known as CP Rail (reporting mark CP) between 1968 and 1996, is a historic Canadian Class I railway founded in 1881 and now operated by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited which began operations as legal owner in a corporate restructuring in 2001. Its rail network serves major cities in the United States such as Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City. Its headquarters is in Calgary, Alberta. It owns approximately 14,000 miles (22,500 km) route miles of track all across Canada and into the United States,[1] stretching from Montreal to Vancouver, as far north as Edmonton.


CNR Radio in Canada became very popular with passengers and became the first ever radio network in North America



CN Radio - The first Radio Network in North America

CNR Radio or CN Radio[2] (officially the Canadian National Railways Radio Department)[3] was the first national radio network in North America.[4] It was developed, owned and operated by the Canadian National Railway between 1923 and 1932 to provide en route entertainment and information for its train passengers. As broadcasts could be received by anyone living in the coverage area of station transmitters, the network provided radio programming to Canadians from the Pacific coast (at Vancouver) to the Atlantic coast (at Halifax).



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