This historic photo shows a train car being used as a bunk bed

The Capilano Timber Co. built a railroad to transport wood from the North Shore forest to the water

This 1918 photo shows the Capilano Timber Company’s “Camp A” railroad cars. Because logging camps were located in remote areas, there were no hotels or other buildings to house these workers. Railcars were used for bunkhouses, camp kitchens, dining halls, and more.

The Capilano Timber Company built and operated their own railroad on the north coast to safely and efficiently transport the “timber to the tidal waters”.

Pictured are Captain and Mrs. Marsh and Goodwin Johnson (center), manager of the Capilano Timber Co. The dining car is shown on the left.

Visit the MONOVA website to learn more about the history of the North Shore and to learn about the opening of MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver in Fall 2021.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley is open by appointment only. Contact: archives@monova.ca

Navigate culture on the North Shore using the North Shore Culture Compass.

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