Fonds P238 - George Matheson fonds

Scrapbook CNR diesel locomotive 3822 CPR #280 VIA #11, Sherbrooke CPR diesel locomotive 8432 VIA #11, Sherbrooke CPR locomotive 934 CPR #251 at Sherbrooke railway station CPR freight train #281 CPR train CPR freight train CPR locomotive 2588 CPR #281 derailed at Bury CPR freight train #281 QCR freight train, Moulton Hill CPR locomotive 970 and freight train CPR #251 freight train CPR #251 at Sherbrooke railway station CPR locomotive 2527 and freight train Locomotive HLCX6369 CPR locomotive 8040 CPR freight train #281 CPR locomotive 5107 CPR freight train #281 CPR freight train #291 Philip Carey Company and CPR locomotive 2556 CPR freight train #281 CPR diesel locomotive 4083 and passenger train CPR locomotive 861 on QCR CPR freight train at Diamond
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George Matheson fonds

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  • [1945?]-2018 (Creation)

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1722 photographs : b&w and col. (includes 1 scrapbook)

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George Allan Matheson was born in Sherbrooke on 3 January 1941, son of Allan Matheson (1909-1979) and Bertha Ham (1912-1975). Shortly after graduating from Lennoxville High School, he went to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1959. He spent his career as a CPR employee, primarily working in Megantic and Sherbrooke, and retired from his position as assistant terminal supervisor in 1996. An avid railroad buff, Matheson continued to pursue his love of trains following his retirement as he diligently photographed and identified trains travelling through the Eastern Townships, as well in other areas of Quebec, Ontario, Vermont, and New Hampshire.

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The fonds contains information on trains and railways primarily in the Eastern Townships from around 1945 to 2018. It consists of photographs and a scrapbook, and in addition to the Townships, includes photographs of trains in other areas of Quebec, Ontario, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The fonds is comprise of the following series: Quebec Central Railway line (1998-2006), Canadian Pacific Railway line (1957-2017), Canadian National Railway line (1987-2018), Via Rail (1987-1992), Scrapbook ([1945?]-1959, Vermont and New Hampshire (1967, 1993-1998), and Personal life (1997-2003).

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Fonds donated by George Matheson in 2019.


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  • English

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Documents and photograph inscriptions are in English.

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Fonds processed in 2020-2021 by Xingpei Li and Jody Robinson, courtesy of funding from the Bélanger-Gardner Foundation.

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