BC Line Drivers Pre-1965 Collection

Car Carriers in BC

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There are many pictures in this collection that we have not been able to get names for the people in the pictures.
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In 1948 Stan Ross and Ted O’Connor began hauling cars for two dealers in British Columbia. The auto carrier business really got it’s start as a result of the National Rail Strike that began in August 1950.

Among the early companies were Stan & Ted, B C Auto Carriers based in Surrey and the parent company of BPHME owned by Gullie Magnuson & Lloyd Moffat of White Rock.

Later they were joined by Lincoln Auto Transport (Mike Melynchuk), McQuitty Auto Carriers, Van-Isle Transportation (Speed Olson) and others.

In 1953 Stan sold most of his licenses to O’Connor and continued operating Stan Ross Auto Transport until 1978. During this time Stan had several tractors working for Sabre Freight Lines and others.

O’Connor was later taken over by the Convoy Company of Portland in the sixties who operated as Canadian Auto Carriers, later Auto Haulaway

Pete is driving this White auto carrier, taken in June 1962. Dave Ellen standing next to his Alaska Auto Transport Kenworth in June 1960. O'Connor Transport driver Don ?? taken in 1963.
Leo and John Langis Leo Langis Auto Transport Service Ford auto carrier, taken in front of Hunter Creek Service in the 1950/51. Trudi Jarvis Collection.
Dave Giesbrecht at Lookout Pass on the Montana and Idaho border. The truck is a Mercury 800 with a load of 1958 Fords or Meteors. Bill Ellis and Don Bennett standing beside the same Mercury 800 car carrier and a Dodge car carrier loaded as well.  

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