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Vancouver Waterfront Station

601 West Cordova Street

Two views: Waterfront Station September/2016


Built in 1915 by Canadian Pacific Railway as their main passenger terminal it operated until taken over by VIA Rail in 1979.
It had become a Marathon Realty property of CP and it and Granville Square (former CPR Pacific Region HQ) were both eventually sold to Cadillac Fairview.

VIA Canadian leaving Waterfront Station in 1979. John Cowan

By the time VIA came along there was only one CPR passenger train per day The Canadian which was relocated
effective October 28, 1979 into consolidated facilities at the former CNR station now known as Pacific Central Station.

Incredible change has taken place all along the waterfront with endless container terminals and yards for both CN and CP.

Waterfront area CP N-yard looking west. Note WCE trains bottom center. September 2, 2016

Aerial view Waterfront (Enlarge more click again)

Aerial view closeup N-yard (Enlarge more click again)

Drake Street roundhouse and coach yard. (Browser back to here)

CPR Vancouver station 1923. Seymour and Cordova Streets (from post office).
Matthews, James Skitt, Major (1878-1970)/City of Vancouver Archives

Interior view 1960 Closeup

(Replaced the second CPR station at foot of Granville Street right next to it.)


Second CPR station at foot of Granville Street.


Vancouver Waterfront Station

Sky Train began in 1985 and is now the largest automated, driverless transit systems in the world.
There are two lines from Waterfront Station with one connecting to a third line.
Connecting Vancouver with the cities of Burnaby, New Westminster, and Surrey.
TransLink 204 September 2016

BC Transit 066 on EXPO line near Stadium Station. 6/06/1987
It also serves Waterfront Station. Al Crossley Scan Collection

West Coast Express 850 September 2016
Highway Coaches supplement WCE commuter trains which began 1995.

December 2, 2014

SeaBus provides 15 minute service every day to/from Victoria, VI.

Burrard Otter II cost $21M

Helijet S76 landing at Vancouver Harbour. September 2008

VIA Rail Pacific Central Station

1150 Station Street

Pacific Central after its $6.9M restoration for VIA 2009-2012. Two views.

Platform restoration was done first completed in 2010 followed by station interior and exterior.


Pacific Central Station which handles VIA's Canadian, Rocky Mountain Rail Tours tour trains and Amtrak's Cascades
trains to USA points in Washington and Oregon states and connecting to California. It also serves Greyhound Canada
main station and Pacific Coach Lines headquarters.

Additionally, TransLink consists of SkyTrain, SeaBus, West Coast Express, and city buses, all use Waterfront Station.
A skywalk connects to Helijet’s helicopter service to Victoria.

CNR Vancouver station.

Union Station and Canadian National Station

Former CNR Main Street station (ex CNoR False Creek Station, built 1919 Article 1916);
currently Pacific Central station.

VIA 1409 No.2 Canadian due to depart 12.50 PM. No.4 Super Continental scheduled to depart 12.20 PM.
Relocation of ex CPR The Canadian to former CNR station was effective October 28, 1979.
June 14, 1980

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