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Vancouver Island's Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway (softcover)
Robert D. Turner, Donald F. MacLachlan
Sono Nis Press
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2014-05-07 17:02:24
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Vancouver Island's Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway

The Canadian Pacific, VIA Rail & Shortline Years, 1949-2013

By Robert D. Turner, Donald F. MacLachlan.

Softcover with flaps (also available in Cloth with dust jacket), 320 pages, 11x9 oversize horizontal format, 475+ photos, maps, timetables. 2014.

"The companion volume to The Canadian Pacific’s Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway: The CPR Steam Years, 1905–1949, this is the continued story of the ever-fascinating, often troubled E&N Railway.

"The E&N became the key transportation link along the eastern coast of Vancouver Island and to the west coast at Port Alberni. Freight service was tied to forestry and mining, and the E&N also carried everything from furniture to fruit for a growing population that depended on the trains. Even the circus came to Vancouver Island on the E&N Railway.

"The E&N faced rapid change in the post–Second World War years. In the late 1940s, in a dramatic modernization, the E&N became the first railway in Canada to begin using new, more efficient diesel locomotives. In 1955, the streamlined Dayliner arrived and replaced the well-worn wooden passenger cars. In spite of increasing competition from the automobile, the train somehow survived for over 50 years, attracting people from all over the world to explore Vancouver Island on the scenic, leisurely railway. This is at once an invaluable reference and fascinating history."