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If you're in the Victoria area, be sure to check out the "Floating on the Margins" exhibition at the Maritime Museum of B.C. The exhibition "illustrates the lives of early Chinese Canadian sailors and passengers on the Canadian Pacific Passenger Liners" and we're especially pleased to have loaned a number of documents and photographs to their exhibition from the Chung Collection! The exhibition is on now, and will be available for viewing until May 28th.


Have you come to visit us at the Chung Collection lately? If you have, you will have noticed one of our new additions- a model locomotive, built by a former CPR Engineer as a retirement hobby project and given to Dr. Chung several years ago:

We think it's pretty neat! We have had great feedback from visitors already. It's a very nice companion to the model Empress of Asia steamship, which has long been the "centrepiece" of the exhibition.

This new addition to the collection got me to thinking about CPR locomotives, and how photographs from the Chung Collection can really be used to show the evolution of train locomotives over time. Take our new model in contrast, for example, to this photograph from ca. 1890:

What a difference! The model is of a K1a-class locomotive, which were in use from around 1930-1950's. If you know what kind of locomotive is depicted in this photograph we'd love to hear from you- leave a comment, or email us at

To search for more images of locomotives, search for "locomotive" under Photographic Material, or more broadly for "train."

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