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Time Traveller: These railroad cars acted as roaming bunkhouses for North Shore loggers

The Capilano Timber Co. built a railway line to transport timber from the North Shore forest down to the water
rail car bunkhouses

This photograph from 1918 shows the railway camp cars of the Capilano Timber Company’s “Camp A.” Since logging camps were located in remote areas, there were no hotels or other buildings to house these workers. Railroad cars were used for bunkhouses (bunk cars), camp kitchens, mess halls, and more. 

The Capilano Timber Company built and operated their own railway line on the North Shore to transport the “timber to tidewater” safely and efficiently.  

Pictured are Capt. and Mrs. Marsh and Goodwin Johnson (centre), manager of the Capilano Timber Co. The dining car is pictured on the left.        

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