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#81 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:48 PM

^ Here is another one explaining all three penninsula railroads

http://www.sidneymus...ey-railway.html


Oh, OK, so it was the CNPR that ran up Lochside. Three railways all on the Peninsula, crazy!
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#82 MarkP

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:35 PM

Ok guys, I need your help. I've got the next Victoria image ready to post....but I have NO idea where it falls. The only description I have is "Victoria Housing Project." It would be great to figure out what subdivision that is.

There are some clues... Those two islands off in the distance look pretty unique. And also that reservoir/lake thing just above the center of the frame. Could that be the Smith's Hill Reservoir? It looks different on Google Maps.

I've uploaded the image but I haven't created a post for it yet, so you can't get at it from the main site. Access the image using this link: Click

EDIT: Thanks to sebberry, we got the answer. (see below) I've changed the link above to point to the page of the posting.

Thanks!!
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 07:57 PM

Photo is taken from the West looking East.

Intersection of Quadra and Finlayson just below the reservoir. You can see Quadra Elementary School West of the reservoir at that intersection.

The road on the left of the image appears to be Tolmie Ave, and you can see "Reed St" between Tolmie and Finlayson.

EDIT, yes, that's the Smith's Hill reservoir.

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#84 MarkP

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 08:13 PM

Wow, sebberry, you're fast!!! I was on Google Maps and I thought it might be Tolmie Ave when your answer came in. Great to have confirmation. Thanks!! I'll add the post and update the above request.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:19 PM

I see my house! This is a shot of what was then one of the very first "suburban" housing projects in BC. I always forget the name but sure that Holden could remind me.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:24 PM

I often find Bakers Bricks from that Factory on the bottom there in my yard while gardening. I really never fully understood the extent of its operations. So Toys R Us is below street level because it was part of the quarry too. Too bad that group of homes got wiped out for Staples...

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#87 G-Man

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:27 PM

Wow check out that amazing house just to the right and down of Cridge in the image that got replaced by some apartments where at least one member on here resides.

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#88 Bingo

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:40 PM

Photo is taken from the West looking East.

Intersection of Quadra and Finlayson just below the reservoir. You can see Quadra Elementary School West of the reservoir at that intersection.

The road on the left of the image appears to be Tolmie Ave, and you can see "Reed St" between Tolmie and Finlayson.

EDIT, yes, that's the Smith's Hill reservoir.


Right on!

The Islands are Chatham and Discovery and the CPR ship (Elaine or Princess Elizabeth - 3 funnels) can be seen heading for the Inner Harbour from Vancouver.

Below the ship can be seen the Willows Racetrack grandstand.

Sebberry got the subdivision and reservoir bang on.

The most interesting buildings are the old Baker Brick & Tile on land that is now Mayfair Mall. Their quarry is now Topaz Park.

see: The Mystery of the Baker Bricks
http://www.racerocks...baker/baker.htm

Once again you can see the old V&S Railway right of way running across between the brickyard and the bottom row of new homes. Max zoom needed.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:43 PM

I like the Willows racetrack and what appears to be a CPR ship on it's way to the inner harbour.

MarkP, there must be a shot with Lansdowne airfield in your pile somewhere. This shot just missed it.

Excellent photographs.

#90 Bingo

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:10 PM

I did not know the V & S rail was way out there. Somehow I just assumed it came in the Lochside Trail and used the CN track to the harbour. Or maybe it did, and had a second spur? Becasue the trail/rail now does come that route from Lochside north of Quadra/McKenzie, then across Quadra behind the Winery.



http://www.sononis.c...hk=1&Itemid=186

Anybody know the route?



Roughly the V&S route was...

Station in the old Market building Where Centenial Square is, East on Fisgard to Blanshard (was Rose) north along what is Blanshard from Bay to Hillside, along Nanaimo Street and across the back of the brickyard and across what is now Cloverdale about where the Shaw building is now, up the hill to a section of Short Street and across the Uptown property.

One of the last reminders of the V&S can be seen at Ravine Way where there are some old concrete bridge abutments that carried the V&S over the tracks of the GN railway.

The Great Northern followed the Galloping Goose to Sidney.

Okay so far? Now back to the V&S route that heads north along Rowland and then an obsure route between Glanford and the Pat Bay Highway, coming out at the Postal Building on Vanalman. The steepest part of the grade was up the hill towards the intersection of Wilkinson Road and W. Saanich Road and then along Pipeline Road (Pipeline was the route the pipes from Beaver Lake took to supply water to the city. Then the V&S followed the west side of Elk Lake which is now part of the walking trail. It came out near Keating and it became Veyaness Road. The train crossed right in front of the Prairie Inn before going down Wallace Drive and across the Experimental Farm, the Bazan Bay Brick Co. and then along the waterfront to Sidney. That's about it.

#91 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:11 PM

Too bad that group of homes got wiped out for Staples...


Actually, a 5-year-old Centra Gas building got wiped out for Staples. Was the newest-ever building I've seen demolished.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:16 PM

Actually, a 5-year-old Centra Gas building got wiped out for Staples. Was the newest-ever building I've seen demolished.


How old were the houses that were demolished for Millstream Village?

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#93 Bingo

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:17 PM

Wow check out that amazing house just to the right and down of Cridge in the image that got replaced by some apartments where at least one member on here resides.


And the apartment block near the Cridge at 2716 Cook that is just being built.

And just up the hill to the left can be seen Spencer Castle.

Just on the left edge of the photo can be seen the old Normal School and clock tower, Now Camosun.

#94 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:20 PM

I see my house! This is a shot of what was then one of the very first "suburban" housing projects in BC. I always forget the name but sure that Holden could remind me.


This was some type of subsidized or reserved-for veterans housing for those coming back from WW2. Many years ago I read the details somewhere.
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#95 Holden West

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 10:47 PM

^Click on Topaz Heights:

http://www.victoriah...drahistory.html

Ross Crockford on Topaz Heights:

http://unknownvictor...nist-boxes.html

http://www.maltwood..../searching.html
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#96 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:44 PM

Ah, very good. I had a hard time finding anything. And Holden finds three links.

Since I got a smart meter, my Google doesn't seem to work the same. Where do I join the class action suit?
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#97 G-Man

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 05:56 AM

And the apartment block near the Cridge at 2716 Cook that is just being built.

And just up the hill to the left can be seen Spencer Castle.

Just on the left edge of the photo can be seen the old Normal School and clock tower, Now Camosun.


Any idea what that house I mentioned was called?

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#98 Bingo

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 06:15 AM

Any idea what that house I mentioned was called?


I have no idea what that was?

#99 D.L.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 11:25 AM

Wow check out that amazing house just to the right and down of Cridge in the image that got replaced by some apartments where at least one member on here resides.


I don't recall the name of the house. A picture of it from the BC archives has been posted on the forum before, possibly in the long gone greats thread, that showed the name.

BTW, I moved out. ;)

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 01:21 PM

The old annex/breezeway at Oaklands School was demolished a few years ago but it hasn't even been built yet in that 1947 picture.

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