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Latest News

February 18, 2018

Here's 125 new docs, our first drop for 2018. Lots of interesting stuff in this one. The most notable are Bruce Sub dispatcher sheets for fall 1959 that document the very last steam power and trip used on the line.

December 31, 2017

Here is the final drop of 78 new documents for 2017. This past 8 or 9 days saw 750 new documents posted for a total of 5,224 documents on-line.

That was a lot of work done very quickly so if you see a spelling error or a link not working let us know.

December 30, 2017

Another drop of documents as I try to get almost all scanned drawings posted before New Years. This update included moving some bridge drawings to their new category. I still have to deal with rail, track and signals too. The final reorganization can wait until 2018.

December 29, 2017

More docs posted see the Recent page for more detail.

December 28, 2017

I haven't found a place for this tidbit (thank you Paul) in the site pages and it's too useful to loose so here it is for now.

A drawing number beginning with a letter followed by a dash (such as F-11-2) was a system drawing used for reference purposes. Except in the B- series, most, but not, all of these drawings were standard drawings. In the B- series, the early drawings were primarily standard drawings, but those beginning B-1- and B-2- were for individual structures not usually standards. A letter immediately followed by a number (such as B3-27) was a drawing from Vancouver or Winnipeg. Files in the numerical series from 2000 to 9999 were from Vancouver. Files in the numerical series from 10000 to 99999 were system project drawings.

The system reference drawing letter codes originally were as follows (our interpretation):

A Ash or cinder facilities

B Primarily bridges but also structures under the same department such as culverts, tunnels, and turntable.

C Coaling plants and coaling stations

D Originally what was called diagrams (really maps). Little used

E Mechanical drawings

F Right of way details and structures that are not buildings including fencing signs, loading platforms etc

G Erecting drawings for passenger and freight rolling stock

H Buildings and building details

I Not used

J) - Erecting drawings for steam locomotives

K) Erecting drawings for steam locomotives

L) Erecting drawings for steam locomotive tenders

M Originally letters and figures, later Western Lines drawings

N Foreign railway drawings

O not used

P - originally density charts etc.

Q - not used

R Rail and fastenings

T Track

W Originally water tower and related details and later, fluid handling

X Originally railway and road crossings and signals

Y Yard plans

December 27, 2017

We are going to be adding and renaming some category names so they are more clear. Due to complexity and logistics this will be done in 2 phases.

Phase 1 will be adding and renaming categories.

Phase 2 will move existing documents to their new category.

At this moment I think we're still on schedule to get the last 300 or so posted before the New Year.

December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas! My Christmas gift to you are 260 new documents.

Total documents on-line is now 4998. I was hoping it to be 5000 but miscounted. ;-)

There are 303 still to come before the New Year.

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