Railway Logging

RAILWAY LOGGING flourished in BC FORESTS from the 1890s to the 1930s. The term refers to the use of steam railways to haul logs from the woods to the SAWMILLS or LOG BOOMING grounds. Logging railways operated throughout the province but were most useful in areas of flat terrain, principally along the east coast of VANCOUVER ISLAND, in the FRASER VALLEY and, pre-WWII, in the E KOOTENAY. Lines required the construction of elaborate log trestles and bridges to cross swamps, ravines and RIVERS....

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