3 foot gauge 0-4-0ST Samson in steam at the BC Forest
Samson was built in 1910 by the Vulcan Foundry,
Newton-le-Willows, England for a Washington based construction company.
The railway network of Vancouver Island is physically separated
from that of mainland Canada. The main line from Victoria to Courtenay
is in poor condition, with particular concerns expressed for the
structural integrity of some of the bridges. As a result, passenger
services were suspended in 2011 and freight services in 2014.
Freight services resumed in 2015, but there are still no passenger
services. In 2017, a study was initiated into the introduction of a
commuter service on a 15km section of line between Victoria and
- Alberni Pacific Railway steam hauled train on the
Southern Railway of Vancouver Island line from the station in Port Alberni.
Regular summer trips serve McLean Mill, about 5 miles (8km) from Port
Alberni, with an intermediate stop at the Chase & Warren Estate
Winery. Out of season various specials operate, some of them short
journeys to the winery only.
Forest Discovery Centre situated a few miles north of Duncan,
has a working reconstruction of a typical logging railway, mainly
using original material. Passenger trains run in the Discovery
centre throughout the year, steam hauled in summer.
Photo image © 2011 Marcie Callewaert, MEC
Canadian flag image from CIA World Factbook
British Columbia flag image from the RecreationBC
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