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Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway

Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway - ENR

Route:
Victoria - Esquimalt - Nanaimo - Parksville - Courtenay, BC (139.7 miles)
Parksville - Port Alberni, BC (37 miles)
Headquarters:
Wellcox Yard, Nanaimo, BC
Junctions with other railroads:
CP: via barge between Nanaimo and Tilbury (Delta), BC
Radio frequencies:
160.185
History:
Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway incorporated on September 27, 1883.
Railroad sold to CPR in 1905.
Renamed E&N Railfreight in 1996.
Port Alberni to Nanaimo section sold to (rest of line leased by) RailAmerica on September 22, 1998.
Units 1001, 1002, 2796, 2813, & 3809 arrived at SRY (New Westminster) for service in late 1998.
GP38 2813 arrived at Wellcox Yard on January 4, 1999.
Service inaugurated on January 8, 1999.
GP38s 2796 & 3809 arrived at Wellcox Yard on January 11, 1999.
GP10 1001 arrived at Wellcox Yard on January xx, 1999.
Service to Port Alberni suspended during 2001.
Nov 29, 2001 - RailAmerica announced that freight service would end on Dec 31, 2001, with passenger service ending in March 2002.
Freight and passenger service extended month by month while a plan to save the railway was formulated.
By late 2002, negotiations between the Vancouver Island Railway Coalition, RailAmerica and CPR ensured that service would continue.
Mar 7, 2003 - Vancouver Island Railway announced its plans to take over operations by July 2003. These plans did not materialize.
Feb 2006 - Island Corridor Foundation acquired CP-owned portion (Victoria-Nanaimo & Parksville-Courtenay) of ENR.
Mar 2006 - Island Corridor Foundation acquired RailAmerica-owned portion (Nanaimo-Parksville-Port Alberni) of ENR.
Operations taken over by Southern Railway Vancouver Island (SRVI) on July 1, 2006. First day of service was July 4, 2006.
Ownership:
RailAmerica, acquired by Island Corridor Foundation in 2006.
Roster:
Unit Bldr. Model B/N F/N B/D History Acq. Ret. Notes
1001 EMD GP10 22673 5500-8 10/1956 ex EARY 1001; ex KRR 1001; ex CR GP10 7553; ex CR GP9 7396; ex PC 7396; nee NYC 5996 1999 2002 to CSCD 1001, 2002
1002 EMD GP10 22676 5500-11 10/2956 ex EARY 1002; ex KRR 1002; ex CR 7531; ex CR GP9 7373; ex PC 7373; ex NYC 7373; nee NYC 5973 1999 to CSCD 1002
RLK 2099 EMD GP20 26573 7597-1 2/1961 ex LWR/RLK 2099, 1999; ex RLK 1751, 1997; ex DMVW 321; ex MCTA 321; ex MNVA 321; ex COE 2038; ex BN 2038; nee CBQ 902 to TOR/RLK 2099; to PSAP 2099
3809 EMD GP38 35407 7191-104 9/1969 ex MNN 3809; ex KRR 3809; ex PLE 2031; ex CR 7778; nee PC GP38 7778 1999 2006 to SJVR/ENR 3809; to SJVR 3809, 2015
3870 EMD GP38 35447 7202-4 11/1969 ex ENR 344, 1999; ex CSCD 344, 1996; ex CRLX 344; ex PLE 2050; ex CR 7818; nee PC GP38 7818 2000 2006 to SJVR/ENR 3870; to SJVR 3870, 2015
3876 EMD GP38 36044 7240-44 2/1970 ex ENR 2796, 1999; ex MNN 2796; ex NS 2796; nee SOU 2796 2000 2002 to PSAP 3876, 2002; to CBRL 3876
3877 EMD GP38 36061 7240-61 3/1970 ex ENR 2813, 1999; ex MNN 2813; ex NS 2813; nee SOU 2813 2000 2002 to PSAP 3877, 2002; to CBRL 3877

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