Workers at the Intercolonial shops, Rivière-du-Loup, 1926

Workers of the Intercolonial Railway shops at Rivière-du-Loup in 1926. The railway machine shops were the town’s major employers. Maintaining the steam engines and the cars required mechanics, ironsmiths, and carpenters. At that time, the railway men’s working conditions were the envy of workers elsewhere. Their wages were competitive and they were even protected by union agreements.

Fonds Belle-Lavoie, Musée du Bas-Saint-Laurent, bl0039.
Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, CANADA
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Learning Objectives

• Understand the socio-economic importance of the station and the railway shops for the town’s inhabitants.
• Be aware of the emergence of a new working class.
• Question the working conditions of labourers at the turn of the 20th century.

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