The Port Alberni subdivision of the Island Railway is currently closed to normal traffic from where it starts at the Parksville train station.
However, local light traffic (speeders and hi-rail) do traverse the line regularly to ensure that it remains clear and free of brush and to repair rock slides and other hazards. This work is done by the Alberni Pacific Railway (part of the West Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society) which has been delegated authority over the subdivision by the BC Safety Authority and Island Corridor foundation. Also instrumental is the E&N Division of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association and the “East End Track Gang”.
These are not complete lists — If you know of other current customers or in the history of the E&N please contact me.
Current Traffic (including Transloads to truck)
- Alberni Pacific Railway – Steam Train and other tourism operations between Port Alberni Train Station (mile 40) to McLean Mill (mile 34).
- Maintenance of Way – Volunteers on Speeders/Hi Rail etc.
- Catalyst Paper (‘dip’ trans-loaded from railcar at Welcox and trucked to Port Alberni). Approx 10 cars a week.
- Some other freight traffic from time to time.