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Railways in Canada, 1830-1918

This selection of approximately 200 images provides a sample of the collections related to the railways between the years 1830 and 1918. It documents the building of a Canadian railway from east to west, particularly in the context of John A. Macdonald's National Policy (1878).

Profile:

  • Construction of the Victoria Bridge in Montreal;
  • Building the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railway (promoters, installations, regions) and the push west;
  • Cartoons recalling certain events: the Pacific Railway Scandal (1873), the National Policy (1878), etc.;
  • Railway equipment, tools, documents and travel accessories.

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Donald Smith, later Lord Strathcona, driving the last spike, C.P.R., Craigellachie, BC, 1885, copied about 1910 (MP-0000.25.971)

Photograph, glass lantern slide
Donald Smith, later Lord Strathcona, driving the last spike, C.P.R., Craigellachie, BC, 1885, copied about 1910
Alexander Ross
1885, 19th century
MP-0000.25.971

North and South Through Line, Including all the railroad and Steamboat Interests Between Montreal and New York (C002-A_7-225.1)

Ticket
North and South Through Line, Including all the railroad and Steamboat Interests Between Montreal and New York
1856, 19th century
C002-A_7-225.1

A New Era of Railroading (M993X.5.794)

Print
A New Era of Railroading
Anonyme - Anonymous
July 29,1880, 19th century
M993X.5.794