Nanaimo station (Via Rail)

Nanaimo station is a former railway station in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada. The station was a stop on the Via Rail Dayliner service, which closed indefinitely in 2011. The station is located at 336 Prideaux Street, Nanaimo.

Nanaimo Station with a Budd RDC in 2009, before closure.
General information
Location336 Prideaux Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia
Coordinates49°09′50″N 123°56′33″W / 49.1638°N 123.9424°W / 49.1638; -123.9424
Structure typeRailway station
Bicycle facilitiesNo
OpenedJanuary 1, 1920; 104 years ago (1920-01-01)
ClosedAugust 12, 2011; 12 years ago (2011-08-12)
Former services
Preceding station Via Rail Following station
toward Courtenay
Victoria–Courtenay Starks
toward Victoria
Preceding station Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Following station
toward Courtenay
Main Line Starks
toward Victoria

History edit

Nanaimo station was the original northern terminus of the E&N railway when the line entered service in 1886. By the following year the line was extended north to Wellington, which became the new terminus. The current one/two-storey stucco and wood building station building featuring a central square tower, was built in 1920 to replace an earlier station building.[1] The building is a more complex version of the CPR Standard Plan No. 9 design. The original design was intended to support commercial operations on the main floor with living quarters for railway employees on the second floor.

Closure edit

On March 19, 2011, Via Rail suspended service indefinitely due to poor track conditions on the line outside Nanaimo and replaced it with a bus service. Eventually, on August 12, 2011, the bus service ended and the station closed indefinitely.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ "Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Station". Heritage Properties. Historical Places - A Joint Federal, Provincial and Territorial Initiative. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  2. ^ "Old Canadian Train Stations, British columbia and the Territories". Retrieved 2022-01-22.