This photograph of a beautiful little engine was taken by one of my favourite Yukon photographers, Frank Wolfe, who, I believe, was a short-time resident of Dawson City.
Wolfe took most of his photographs around 1913 and 1914. I would like to know more about his history. He seemed to concentrate on photographing small towns, hamlets and mining camps, of the Klondike area, and towns and villages like Granville, Grand Forks, Magnet City and Goldbottom. His photographic images, compositions and subjects were really carefully chosen.
The above photograph was taken at 10 p.m., June 19, 1913. Evidently, the engine was en route to Coal Creek where there was a coal mine north of Dawson City. I believe the Yukon Transportation Museum might have a similar engine from there now. But about two and a half years ago, somebody from the U.S. acquired an engine from someone here. Who had the engine I don’t know, but I talked to the American who bought it and he had it restored at quite a price.
Anyhow, I know of three railways of the Yukon’s past and present. They are the White Pass and Yukon Route, Klondike Mines Railroad and the Coal Creek Railroad. Also, just below the Yukon, in B.C., there was the Taku Railroad.
Anyone with information about this subject, please write Jim Robb: The Colourful Five Per Cent Scrapbook – Can You Identify? c/o the Yukon News, 211 Wood Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2E4, or email through the News website, www.yukon-news.com.