All Aboard! Island Explorer Excursion Train – April 8, 2016 – SOLD OUT

All Aboard!
Island Explorer Excursion Train – April 8, 2016
Last Call for Tickets!

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. Only a few tickets are remaining for the 2pm and 4pm trains on April 8th. Reserve today to avoid disappointment!
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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.


– The Island Explorer Excursion Train will depart from the historic Nanaimo Train Station – Train Station Address: 321 Selby Street, Nanaimo BC
– Estimated to be a one hour return trip
– 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 is available, please advise if you require access to the wheelchair lift at the time of reservation (note: narrow aisles)
– Food and drink is not permitted on the train
In addition; the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF) will host a family-friendly event on Saturday April 9th at the historic Nanaimo Train Station from 10am – 3pm, including tours of the train, music and fun for train enthusiasts of all ages. Please plan to attend!
Generator CarBuilt as a baggage car by National Steel Car for Canadian National Railways (CNR) in 1955. It served the CNR and VIA for many years in baggage service, then was sold to a private owner in Alberta. West Coast Railway Association purchased the car in 2003.
The car was converted to a power generator car in 2004 and today has two diesel generator sets that provide electric power for the train lights, heat etc. The rear of the car houses a baggage section – this is how the handicap lift unit came over with the train!
Sponsors named the car McDonald Creek.
ICF Board Statement Regarding RDN Funding Withdraw
“The Nanaimo Region stands to benefit significantly with rail passenger service between Nanaimo and Victoria,” says Judith Sayers, co-chair of the Island Corridor Foundation. This project is a major economic and tourism opportunity for communities along the Corridor, and with the rails and trails connection, also provides a substantial benefit to residents as well.”
Read the full statement here.

4 thoughts on “All Aboard! Island Explorer Excursion Train – April 8, 2016 – SOLD OUT

  1. Good luck with your Island Explorer train, I had the good fortune to ride The Malahat when I was last in Victoria it was a great day out and I’d love the chance to repeat it one day

  2. Dear Sir We are on two wait list for tickets for the train excursion April 8th if there are any other wait list please add us to them 2pm and 4pm are covered.

  3. Nanaimo, B.C. – April 8th, 2016
    Island Rail 130th Anniversary Celebration
    The very large crowd gathered for this highly anticipated, excited, and enthusiastic Railroad Event shows, without a doubt, that there is a real need for reinstating Railway Services on Vancouver Island.
    It will be a plus for the environment, and a great chance to offer Railway Services for residential, commercial, industrial, and touristic customers.
    Railway Services do bring life and opportunities into communities along the way, and as a whole for Vancouver Island.
    I do hope that the signing Authorities recognize and envision the potential for and having Railway Services reinstated on Vancouver Island.
    Herb Quentien
    (North Cowichan)

  4. I work at the Taphouse Restaurant, inside the Nanaimo train station, and helped event organizers pull off this massively successful event, celebrating the Island Rail Corridor. It was great to see so much love and passion for the refurbished heritage train and the island railway line.
    We need to find that money, somehow, to repair the tracks and get passenger service running from Nanaimo to Victoria, again, on a daily basis.
    Here is a video link to the heritage steamliner as it rolled past my home, heading north, past the Terminal Park Mall.

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