August 18th, 2018 — A freight train on the connecting tracks from Vancouver Harbour to Strathcona passes very close to a house in the 1000 block of East Pender Street. There are now six scheduled trains a day along the spur line that until 2017 had maybe that many in a year. CN said it reactivated the line to improve service to customers. Residents of the area are not happy with the change.
Circa 1974 — A few pictures from my archives of Dave Barrett, the first NDP premier of BC, who died Friday at age 87. The first are from an old boy’s rugby game at Brockton Oval. The others are from the inaugural run of the Royal Hudson steam locomotive from North Vancouver to Squamish.
September 4th, 2016 — Vintage interurban tram 1225 crossing highway 10 just west of Cloverdale.
March 5th, 2015 — Squamish has a background of gorgeous scenery that always seems to be overshadowed by a foreground of debris and tokens of industry.
March 15th, 1974 — Sidney Claridge after his last run as engineer on the CP Rail passenger train, The Canadian. Newspapers once published a lot of ordinary pictures like this although Sidney Claridge wasn’t just anybody, he was the father of Pat Claridge, a local football hero with the BC Lions. The picture was taken near the round house in False Creek now the site of multi story condominiums.
September 30th, 2014 — There is an occupation of Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver by homeless people who are protesting of the lack of progress solving the housing crisis in Vancouver. A few blocks away in the park west of the overpass at Main Street and Alexander there is the tent of a homeless person who is not part of the protest. Almost every time I walk or drive by this park, summer, winter, fall, or spring, there is a structure of some kind against the fence and a person living in it. It’s very visible so I imagine it doesn’t take long for someone to complain and for the city to come by and remove it, temporarily. It’s been like this for years.
1969 — Waiting for the CNR passenger train on a Saturday evening in Vegreville, Alberta.