Alberni Pacific Railway
|Alberni Pacific Railway|
Alberni Pacific No. 7 hauls the train along the line
|Built by||Canadian Pacific Railway|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Owned by||Track: Island Corridor Foundation|
|Operated by||Alberni Pacific Railway|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Opened||1912 into Port Alberni|
|Closed||Not yet, still open for freight
by the Southern Railway of Vancouver Island
The railway is powered by locomotive No. 7 - a 1929 Baldwin 2-8-2ST steam locomotive departing from the 1912 CPR Station. It uses rebuilt Canadian National Railway transfer cabooses as passenger cars. The 35-minute excursions go to the McLean Mill National Historic Site.
Along with the steam locomotives, there is an Alco RS3 diesel electric engine. There are five running coaches, three open and two covered.
No. 7 is a Baldwin 90 ton 2-8-2 ST. This engine is the current locomotive that hauls the trains.
No. 11 is a General Electric 45 ton locomotive. It has a Cummins MH engine with 220 hp. It is operational (rebuilt 2014).
No. 112 is a Baldwin 75 ton 2-6-2 ST. It is currently in the initial stages of rebuilding.
No. 8427 is an ALCO RS-3. It weighs 120 tons and has 1600 hp. It is operational. 8427 was built in 1953 for the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was purchases by Crown Forest Ltd. around 1979 and used in their logging operation in Ladysmith. The Western Vancouver Island Industrial Historical Society acquired it around 1994/95. This unit is believed to be the last surviving unit of a CP RS-3.
- Alberni Valley Heritage Network
- List of heritage railways in Canada
- Southern Railway of Vancouver Island
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