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Welcome! This website has been created to document and host all information (maintenance, projects, operations, events) including photo and video on
the E&N Railway's Port Alberni Subdivision. The Port Alberni Subdivision is a branch line off the Victoria Sub in Parksville and runs 39.0 miles from here to
Port Alberni, British Columbia. The entire line is a very scenic rail journey, well worth experiencing! After leaving Parksville westbound, the railway travels
through the areas of Errington, Coombs, Hilliers, and Whiskey Creek before passing through Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park and the Scenic ride along
Cameron Lake with its many trestles. Once past the lake, the railway is cut high above MacMillan Provincial Park (Cathedral Grove) gradually rising up
through the pass and over the Alberni Summit. From here the line passes Summit and Loon Lakes, gradually descending for a winding ride down into the
Alberni Valley. The subdivision has been known to have more unimagined scenery then the WP&YR in Alaska! From the right of way, there are many scenic
views of lakes, rivers, mountains, and valleys as the the railway twists its way through mountain passes, along and over many rivers and streams down into
the Alberni Valley to arrive in Port Alberni BC. Currently, the line is being made serviceable once again after being unused for 10 years (Not Abandoned!) as
there was never an official abandonment paper. All E&N trackage was previously owned and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR - reporting mark
CP) and later RailAmerica. The Port Alberni Subdivision was the most westerly point on the CPR still having both a lot of Canadian and railway heritage and
importance. The E&N railway is operated by Southern Railway of Vancouver Island (SVI) and managed by the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF). Alberni Pacific
Railway (APR) have trackage rights on the Port Sub from Port Alberni Station (MP 39.0) to the McLean Mill spur at MP 33.33. APR and the E&N Division of
the Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA) have been working together to remove brush, rock slides, and track repairs since the spring of 2008. In
May 2009, the E&N Division CRHA formed a group known as the East End Track Gang (EETG) to maintain the east side of the Alberni Summit (MP 22.0) of
the subdivision; while APR maintain the west side and their portion. Occasionally the EETG and APR work together on larger projects. APR run a tourist
steam train to McLean Mill National Historic Site (MP 39.0 - 33.33) during summer months as well as special events throughout the year. APR also have
intentions of using the line for a proposed tourist train operation over the summit called the Arrowsmith Explorer. There is also a possibility that SVI will
operate coal trains if the Raven Coal Mine in Courtenay decides to ship by rail to Port Alberni. Stay tuned for more info, pictures, and video as the ongoing
project and maintenance progresses.
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