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The Port Alberni Subdivision Information webpage ~ Your source of all Port Sub Info
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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 Sub is a branch line off the mainline 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! 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 popular White Pass & Yukon Route! 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 to arrive in Port Alberni, BC. Currently, the line is being made serviceable once again after sitting inactive and dormant for 8 years. 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. There are many historic sites and artifacts to be found along the railway right-of-way. 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 the Port Alberni Station (Mile 39.0) to the McLean Mill spur at Mile Post 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 conduct track inspections and repairs since the spring of 2008. In May 2009, the E&N Division, CRHA formed a division of members 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 into Port Alberni. 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 proposed Raven Coal Mine in Courtenay ships by rail to Port Alberni. Stay tuned for more info, photo, and video as the ongoing project and maintenance progresses.
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~ E&N Division, East End Track Gang (EETG)
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