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Locomotive Samson at the BC Forest Discovery Centre
3 foot gauge 0-4-0ST Samson in steam at the BC Forest Discovery Centre.
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 Langford.

Freight Services

Tourist Services

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