BC Line Drivers Pre-1965 Collection

Carson Truck Lines



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Carson Truck Lines Ltd.

Fred Carson, son of a pioneer B C family and a merchant from Barkerville began hauling his own freight in the early thirties. When business in Barkerville slowed he founded Carson Truck Line in 1934.

When licensing was started later in the thirties Carson Truck Lines Ltd was granted a license to serve from Vancouver to the area between 70 Mile House and Prince George, later this was extended to the territory north of the Oregon Jacks Hill . One foggy night in the winter of 1937/38 Fred was killed in an accident just north of Boston Bar and the estate sold the business to Les Cotter. Les was a very good operator, but he and Wood & Fraser had problems during the war years with manpower and rationing of supplies. Les passed away during 1949 and the business passed into receivership. The receivers hired George Wood to manage the company (Wood & Fraser had previously been taken over by Lee’s Transport). George paid off the companies debts and became the new owner. He greatly improved and expanded the company’s service with new equipment and a modern terminal by 1958. After 39 years of service Carson Truck Lines was sold to TNT/Alltrans in 1973, a decision George later regretted.

During 1976 the Carson portion was sold to Motorways.

Bob Hurley Hat Creek Road 1941 Flood Scales 1950
Charlie Derban
Bob Hurley, Jack Parminter, Les Hamlin
taken in September 1957
Unknown, Bill Miller, Frank Allen, Darrel Derban
Quesnel, BC 1951
John Pat McSorley and John Yeomans
taken at Flood, BC in 1960
Bunk Seldon's truck taken at Yale, BC "Rough House" George Reddecop at Cairn Site
Carson trucks at Harrington Motors in Boston Bar John Yeomans at Siska Lodge Gordon Hay at Hell's Gate Tunnel
Carson International at the Siska Lodge Ken Spears posing in front of a Carson Truck Lines Hayes. Bill Soupranuck posing in front of a Carson Truck Lines Hayes, taken at Chilliwack, BC.
Taken at Marguerite, BC in 1950 Taken at the Flood's Scales Carl Enemark
  Roger Edwards at Hell's Gate Tunnel Main Line Highway Quesnel to Prince George at Woodpecker Hill in the spring breakup. How would you like to freight over these roads?
Clean up to the hubs in that nice Cariboo Gumbo, and not a house in sight. Stan Turbid Photo. At least one of the nearby farmers had purchased out of the Bren gun carriers and that's all it takes.
Gordon Hay at Hunter Creek Les Cotter at Woodpecker 1941. Looks like an interesting trip. Etta, Les' wife is along. On the road between Siska and Lytton
The skid marks tell the story of what the load of lumber was doing as it hit the new Carson truck on the bottom of the big hill coming into Prince George.The Carson driver was Darrell Derban. Southbound with 6" of fresh snow on top of solid ice. Taken at Nine Mile Canyon. Alexandra Bridge opening Oct 22, 1962
Carson Truck Lines
John Yeomans and Frank Allen (driver)
Carson Kenworth truck and trailer in the rocks west of Princeton. Hank Rabe Collection A picture of the same Kenworth Bullnose months before
Carson Truck Lines Hayes Clipper
taken at Prince George, BC
Here is a picture that was taken for a Carson Truck Lines calendar, a shot of a 60's Canadian Kenworth pulling a set of doubles. This picture was taken by the Williams Lake photographer. The location is Signal Point, Williams Lake in the background.
This KW was a 1964, Bruce Harger drove 148 and 134 when he worked there. Number 148 was a 1963 KW almost identical to 154 except it was an NT 280, 154 was a NTC 335 . Number 134 was a 1956 Hayes Tandem 250 Cummins power.
George "Roughouse" Reddicop. 1963 with Carson #127. Frank Allen with Carson #138 Les Hamlin with Carson #148
Kenworth Bullnose hauling a Carson Truck Lines trailer. The men from left to right are Chuck Lindsey and Jim Harris.    






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