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Southern Railway Vancouver Island

Southern Railway Vancouver Island - SVI

Route:
Victoria - Esquimalt - Nanaimo - Parksville - Courtenay, BC (139.7 miles)
Parksville - Port Alberni, BC (37 miles) --- currently out of service
Headquarters:
Wellcox Yard, Nanaimo, BC
Junctions with other railroads:
CP: via barge between Nanaimo and Tilbury (Delta), BC
Radio frequencies:
unknown
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.
Service inaugurated by RailAmerica as E&N Railway on January 8, 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:
Washington Companies
Roster:
Unit Bldr. Model B/N F/N or O/N B/D History Acq. Ret. Notes
SRY 110 EMD GP9 21237 5472-6 7/1956 ex SRY 110, 2004; ex MRL 110; ex MRL 1897; ex BN 1897; nee NP 280 Jun 2006
SRY 119 EMD GP9 22743 5505-24 8/1957 ex SRY 119, 2004; ex MRL 119; ex MRL 1925; ex BN 1925; nee NP 340 Jun 2006

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Last updated: Feb. 01, 2015