Beach Truck Lines Collection

Elsie Beach Collection

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  • Because of war time gas rationing (used 17,000 gallons of gas in 1 year), trips left once a week on Monday, returning Friday night or Saturday morning, unloading Saturday and servicing on Sunday.
  • Rough gravel roads
  • Made 44 trips with 7 or 8 weeks off because of break up and load restrictions
  • Not considered an essential service because the train could be used to ship freight.
  • In addition to Fred Beach from Burns Lake, other carriers from the area including Jack Chatwin-Hazeleton, Flockhart-Smithers, Ebert Lee of Vanderhoof, Blackburn & Co and Karl Anderson-Prince George, Carson truck Lines and Alec Fraser-Quesnel. Lee's Transport was able to operate an essential service because of the Pinchi Lake Mercury Mine. The trucks fueled at Walter Harrington's Boston Bar Coy Grinders Club. During the war years the Alexandra Bridge had guards on duty. The toll gate and weigh scale at Spuzzum took a big slice of the profits. After the war the toll gate moved to Yale.
  • Fred had to haul, and hand load big boats, as no cranes were available unless someone brought one in. They even unloaded gas storage tanks by hand labour for gas companies using ropes ยท and tackle, ties or whatever was handy.
  • You will notice the bottom picture where weight is on the back axle and nearly rubbing tires. The small lights low down were fog lights-yellow. It looks like the Dodge 1940 with Klaverwyden's lift van. Another picture is the huge boat hand loaded and in front of it is Cecil Loper's delivery truck. The one inch lumber was green and very heavy-no drying places at that time.
  • Besides the scheduled freight run from Burns Lake to Vancouver and return with 2 trucks leaving Monday morning as per schedule and 700 or so miles of rough gravel roads all the way and returning Friday night, the 3 trucks had to do local work, and these pictures show a little of the various kinds of jobs.
  • Some of these trucking pictures are after 1941.
  • There were 4 trucks altogether as a Dodge was added in 1940. Money was scarce for the family as trucks needed gas and parts and repairs as well as tire replacements, as tires were very poor during war time and blew out, and also the truck payments.
  • I had to take over the book keeping. It was too hard to compete with the CNR rates as they had to be the same.
  • 1941; One freight truck International KBS7, DS35, and D30 (used for gravel but wrecked by driver, Pete Anderson near the Star Motors site. He just lost control. Mr Nealy was with him and escaped any injury. I don't believe insurance or liability was carried or compulsory
  • Linda, Albert & Elsie & I in the picture. Mr Nealy and family lived where Bruce Thompson set up a sawmill with Charlie Nourse.
  • Extra lights are fog lights -yellow, 3 small green lights in front and 2 green clearance lights on edges to show width. Red lights on the rear or sides
  • Fred collected beer bottles at Endako, bales of wool hides from Foote at Fraser Lake, or Fort Fraser. He couldn't pick up outside his territory. Theses trips helped defray deadheading to Vancouver. Earl Deeder had a load of live pigs, which landed off the road in the Fraser Canyon and squealed so loud they scared other drivers. Hector Gerow was with that truck and said they ate his leather suitcase. He was on the way to enlist. Many caught rides with the trucks.
  • I believe Fred was on the second truck. Another time a load of pigs got too hot in the hot weather and had to be watered down and some perished at Cache Creek. Fred was the driver that time.
  • We stayed overnight at Prince George Hotel, when US forces were stationed in Prince George, and had base near the curling rink on the flat. The pigs were on the street under our window and squealed all night!


  • Fred never seemed to mind taking us with him although it was crowded
  • Erling Berg thinks this baled hay came from Colleymount from the Cowan's farm, as they had a baler and no else had one
  • All I can remember about loads of bales -- they had to be checked quite often on rough roads, as they slipped and ropes had to be tightened
  • The truck would rock on the uneven mud roads, which dried up and caused mud holes whenever it rained.

Compiled by Elsie Beach (May 1, 1996)
Fred Beach
1937 Ford - New Burns Lake
In front of our house on Alaska Way in Burns Lake 1942. International KB57 & DS35 John Gerow Swamper and relief driver in 1938 in the Fraser Canyon
Albert Beach After 1941: Trucks loaded up at Pendleton Bay after trucks gravelled road for Jack Brown. Hugo Millander in charge (white shirt on top of truck). Bill Ashcroft is driver. The truck backed up fast and knocked down horses as load came onto the truck. Essie and children in 1941
At Francois Lake Landing Our back yard The wrecked truck!
Essie, Albert, Elsie and Linda Beach
Christmas 1943 at Beach House
Sawmill to Pendleton Bay 1941
1935 Ford Sedan
In front of Cecil Roper's store
Fisheries boat to Pendleton Bay from CNR, Burns Lake
Beach 1940 Dodge 16x4 foot by 8 feet high unloaded by hand on shore of Ootsa Lake.
Klaverwyden's box from China, weight 2 Tons
TU Cafe at Cache Creek International KB7
Getting ready to unload lumber from Pendleton Bay at Babine Lumber Co. on the lake across from our house. Unloaded IHC KBS7 dumping whole load with rollers on deck - Fred Beach
Rumley Tractor Fred Beach
1930 Ford Truck Beach farm near Nicholson Bay


At Two Mile off Highway 35 or Francois Lake Road to Burns Lake probably to S. Anderson Mill at Decker Lake.

Roy Loper and Fred Beach have just loaded a huge log from platform -- How did it get on the platform:

    1942 - Logs from 2 Mile
Fred Loper 1940 Dodge Truck in front of Godwin house
wherever we lived in 1941
Tie loaders strapped on shoulder pads when loading into box cars CNR special crew.
1939 International DS35 and 1940 Dodge
at Francois Lake shore in front of our workshop at the Prosser Building - 1941
Elsie, Albert and Linda - approximately 1944 Hauling ties - Fred Beach -
1930 Dodge Truck at Engen, BC

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