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Vancouver Island

Seaspan ferry barge at Nanaimo
Seapan ferry barge loaded with rail vehicles next to the docking point in Nanaimo

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 at the present time are limited to a roughly 7 mile (11km) section in the Nanaimo area, connecting with a barge ferry to Tilbury on the Canadian mainland. Despite extensive lobbying and a number of feasibility studies, there appears to be no immediate prospect of the resumption of passenger services.

Freight Services

Train Ferry

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