In 1896, Alexander Henderson captured this image of a Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) wedge snowplow and GTR workers at Chaudière Station, near Levis, Quebec. Henderson, a merchant and photographer, was born in the vicinity of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1831, and immigrated to Lower Canada in October 1855. He learned photography in Montreal about 1857, and quickly took it up as a serious amateur. In 1865, he published his first major collection of landscape photographs, Canadian views and studies by an amateur. In 1866, he opened a photographic studio, advertising himself as a portrait and landscape photographer. From about 1870, he dropped portraiture to specialize in landscape photography and other views.
In 1877, the artist A.F. Beevor used the photograph as the basis for his painting Snowplough on a train, Canada. Perhaps Beevor was even present when Henderson took the original photograph. Unfortunately, in his rendering of the image, Beevor did not include the gentleman straddling the utility pole, in the upper right of the photograph.