Train service could return next year to Vancouver Island in British Columbia

November 6, 2015

Website Insert Turnkey Packages copySouthern Railway of Vancouver Island (SVI) expects passenger train service to return to the Island by the end of next year or early 2017.

The operator of the E&N Railway said Friday it has sign-off on all funding except $7.5 million from the federal government, which was held up because of the election.

But the company expects an agreement in principle will be signed by early-2016, after which it can go to tender and rehabilitate the track. The plan is to replace 9,000 rail joints, renew 110,000 wood ties, add 56.5k tonnes of ballast, and lift and resurface the track.

“We have an agreement with Via Rail to be the operator of the Island passenger intercity service, and they have spent over $5 million upgrading three Budd Rail diesel cars for the SVI operation,” said J. Singh Biln, director of community relations at SVI.

“The service will be based out of Nanaimo and entirely in our control in terms of schedule and where we operate. Our initial schedule is intended to reach as many clients as possible but the schedule can be easily adjusted as needed by demand. Our mandate is to increase ridership.”

Comox Valley Record writer Scott Stanfield has the full story by clicking here.

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