Island Rail Marks 130th Anniversary – April 8 & 9, 2016

Island Rail Marks 130th Anniversary April 8 & 9, 2016
2016 marks the 130th Anniversary of Island Rail and the community will once again be riding the rails. A two day celebration will see the Island Explorer Excursion train run along the Island Rail Corridor from the historic Nanaimo Train Station to Wellington on April 8th. The one hour return trip requires advance reservation.
A family friendly event will follow on April 9th from 10am – 3pm, including tours of the train, music and fun for train enthusiasts of all ages at the historic Nanaimo Train Station.
The heritage streamliner train assembled for the Island Rail 130th Anniversary event is owned by the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) and provided for this event with the cars as follows;
Locomotive #4069 was built by General Motors Diesel Division in London, Ontario in August 1952 for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR).
locomotive 4069
Baggage/Generator Car – WCXX 9622 McDonald Creek was built as a baggage car by National Steel Car for Canadian National Railways in 1955.
Coach WCXX 5596 – Paul D Roy – This 76 seat day coach was built by Canadian Car & Foundry in 1954 for Canadian National Railways.
Paul D Roy coach
Open Observation Car WCXX Henry Pickering – This is the oldest car on the train, originally built by the CPR’s Angus Shops in Montreal in 1914 as coach 1422. In 1956, the CPR converted this coach into Mountain Observation cars, with the open sections seen today.Open Obs Car 2006
Business Car WCXX 088- Alberta – The classy car on the train represents a most amazing transformation from a 1929 CPR railway business car, to a restaurant in Gastown, then restored to the first class car you see today.
Island Explorer Train Details:
Friday April 8th, departure times as noted below. Please arrive a minimum of 20 minutes prior to departure
– 2:00pm – 3:00pm Nanaimo Travellers Lodge
– 4:00pm – 5:00pm Cystic Fibrosis & Big Brothers Big Sisters
– 6:00pm – 7:00pm Young Professionals of Nanaimo
FAQ’s:
– Train Station Address: 321 Selby Street, Nanaimo BC
– Children under two (2) years of age who will sit on a lap during the ride, do not require a ticket, however must be noted at the time of reservation
– Wheelchair access available, please advise if you require access to the wheelchair lift at the time of reservation.
– Food and drink is not permitted on the train
Tickets:
Advance reservations/payment is required and the ticket must be presented to ride the train. Tickets are available for $25 per person and may be purchased in advance from the following organizations – please note the train departure time for each group!

Travellers Lodge (2pm Train)
Call: 250-760-2646
Email: Sandy.Parise@nantralodge.bc.ca
Ticket Pick up location: 1298 Nelson St, Nanaimo, BC V9S 2K5

Cystic Fibrosis Canada (4pm Train)
Call: 250-591-0746
Email: krystal_cathcart@hotmail.com
Contact: Krystal Cathcart

Young Professionals of Nanaimo (6pm Train) 
Pay online at www.ypnanaimo.com ( scroll down on right hand side)
Email: rsvp@ypnanaimo.com
Contact: Elise Morgan
Ticket Pick Up Location: Integral Wealth Securities, 450 Wentworth St. Nanaimo

Please contact Jenn with any media enquiries
Jenn Houtby-Ferguson
Twist Consulting Email: Jenn@TwistConsulting.ca
Phone: 250-713-9849

20 thoughts on “Island Rail Marks 130th Anniversary – April 8 & 9, 2016

  1. Bravo for your efforts. Many of us to the north, on up to Courtenay, support you and look forward to our first glimpse of the passenger line in action here too. Onwards and upwards.

  2. Are they sure the rails won’t turn into dust with that much weight on them? Get the funding unlocked already….

  3. Good Day.
    This initially sounded like good news until seeing that th excursion was being run on
    Friday the 8th. Extremely disappointing. It would have been a better fund raiser using
    Both days because people work, go to school, and live outside of the Nanaimo area.
    Respectfully,
    Francis Hugh McArthur
    Courtenay, BC

    1. We will be planning other events throughout the island to celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Island Rail.

  4. Would like to reserve tickets for the train.
    I hope to arrive in a 1912 Hudson Speed roadster at Nanaimo station
    Fred Grey

    1. Fred – You will have to contact the following organizations directly for tickets:
      Travellers Lodge (2pm Train)
      Call: 250-760-2646
      Email: Sandy.Parise@nantralodge.bc.ca
      Ticket Pick up location: 1298 Nelson St, Nanaimo, BC V9S 2K5
      Cystic Fibrosis Canada (4pm Train)
      Call: 250-591-0746
      Email: krystal_cathcart@hotmail.com
      Contact: Krystal Cathcart
      Young Professionals of Nanaimo (6pm Train)
      Pay online at http://www.ypnanaimo.com ( scroll down on right hand side)
      Email: rsvp@ypnanaimo.com
      Contact: Elise Morgan
      Ticket Pick Up Location: Integral Wealth Securities, 450 Wentworth St. Nanaimo

    1. Yes – A family fun day is planned for the 9th at the Nanaimo Train Station. Tours of the train, face painting, music, and crafts for kids.

    1. The units will only be here April 8th and 9th. Other events will be planned in other areas throughout the year to celebrate the 130th of Island Rail but they will not have this train.

  5. 1st, I would like to clarify my entry of 22 March as being fully supportive of this great event. We, in Courtenay, are looking forward to having rail service returned. This is a great step forward with many more to hopefully come.
    2nd, is there any way to volunteer to speed up production on the north end of the line? I do have some experience in railway preservation/track rehab. Limited to basic tie replacement and rail replacement. Alberta Railway Museum, Prince Edward County Railway, and Prairie Dog Central.
    Respectfully,
    F.H.McArthur
    Courtenay.

  6. This is disappointing we have missed out on this, our family would have loved to participate. Just heard of this today. Hoping for more small train rides/fundraisers in the future. Geat way to fundraise and get families out of the house!

  7. was great to see an ride the train brings back memories as my dad worked on the railroad on the island for 39 years would be nice to ride the rails once again thanks

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