Herald Reports On CPR Progress: 0050.0990

            …The C.P.R. is rapidly getting the yards cleared and loading the wheels and ruined steel work of the burned cars for shipment to the shops.

            It is estimated that it will take at least 10,000 ties and six cars of steel to place the Fernie yards in shape, as there is hardly a tie or rail between the east and west yard limit that is not ruined.

            The C.P.R. loss at this point alone will come close to a half million dollars, as in addition to the loss of freight and coal cars, coal chutes, freight and passenger station, steel and ties, one of the sleepers of the Calgary run was burned.  In fact, the only thing they have remaining of any value is a dwelling house occupied by Roadmaster Telfer.  A portion of this has been turned into a despatchers office for the handling of trains.  They already have a large number of men here to commence the erection of new buildings and it is expected to have the water tank started today and if material reaches here in time the erection of a new freight shed will be commenced.




            At 4 o’clock Sunday morning all that remained of the immense yards of the C.P.R. was a mass of smouldering ruins and wreckage.  Men and material were rushed to the scene and under the personal supervision of R. Sinclair, superintendent of the bridge and building department and Roadmaster Telfer, the work was commenced and this afternoon every foot of track was in shape for use and the temporary station was rapidly nearing completion.

0050.0990: Herald Reports On CPR Progress

Reporting on progress of C.P.R. in rebuilding their railway and yards in Fernie after the big fire that wiped out almost their whole yard.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  August 6, 1908
Pages:  1
Publisher:  Cranbrook Herald
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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