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William E. Foster fonds
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S.E.R. No. 16, A.B. Chaffee

Item is a photograph of a train locomotive on a railway bridge with people standing on and beside it, probably taken in the 1800s. The caption reads: S.E.R. No. 16, A.B. Chaffee.

Train wreck between Waterloo and Warden

Item is a photograph of a train wreck between Waterlook and Warden in 1879. The caption reads: "Wreck between Waterlook & Warden 1879. Engine former C.V. 'Governor Payne', Joseph Clark, 1849-50. Passumpsic, 'Orleans'. Operated in mixed, Sorel to Sutton. S.E.R. train carrying load of granite for the construction of Col. A.B. Foster's home at Waterloo;-- C.W. Foster, gave the signal 'all clear' when the mixed was on the right of way. This event ended his railway career. Engr. John Daly, killed."

William E. Foster fonds

  • CA ETRC P021
  • Fonds
  • 1855-1953

The fonds contains source material on railroads in the Eastern Townships in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and on the role of the Foster family in their development. It also provides information on these topics: lakes Memphremagog and Massawippi; the first physicians in the Eastern Townships; Captain John Savage; Jefferson Davis; the army and the militia; and steamboats. The fonds is comprised of the following series : Correspondence (1932-1949), Historical Writings ([193-?]-[195-]), Canadian Railroad Historical Association (1936-1953), Government Documents (1876-1903), Booklets and Press Clippings (1855-[1953?]), Miscellaneous Documents ([193-?]-[195-]), Photo Album ([188-?]-[195-?]) and Railroad Maps (1874-1953).

Foster, William E., 1905-1954