Dear HO Customers: We recently saw this E&N Rail America
GP38 in Blaine Washington. We are going to produce a couple of
these for a couple of customers who have requested them in Custom
Paint. If you would like one please let us know we are taking
(Picture courtesy of James Wiseman)
A Brief Background of E&N
E and N Railway
The E and N Railway (E&N, ENR) (AAR reporting marks ENR) is a
short line railway in British Columbia, Canada. It is run by the
Southern Railway of British Columbia, who assumed control from
RailAmerica Inc. on July 1, 2006. The E&N is now known as the
Southern Railway of Vancouver Island.
It is one of two remaining railways over 160 km (100 miles) in
length on Vancouver Island. Until 1996, it was called the Esquimalt
and Nanaimo Railway (AAR reporting marks EN). It then spent three
years as E and N Railfreight before being sold to RailAmerica, who
changed the name to the E&N Railway Co (1998) Ltd. RailAmerica
ceased to operate the E&N on June 30, 2006 with the Washington
Group's Southern Railway of BC taking over operations the following
The new operators (Washington Group's Southern Railway of BC) have
given the railway a name that better describes the places served by
the railroad. Although the "Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway" name is
historically significant, the railway goes beyond the historical
termini of Esquimalt and Nanaimo. It currently runs from Victoria
to Courtenay, with a branch line from Parksville to Port Alberni
and a spur south of Nanaimo that connects to the E&N's main
railyard and barge slip (dock) on the Nanaimo waterfront.
VIA Rail Canada runs regular passenger train service (the Malahat)
with Budd-built Rail Diesel Cars on the Victoria to Courtenay main
line (called the Victoria Subdivision by the E&N), from
Victoria to Courtenay, with a stop at Nanaimo; the Victoria and
Nanaimo stations have ferry service to Vancouver on the mainland.
At one time this train stopped in several small communities
including Saltair, but these stops were taken out. Communities like
Union Bay are still flagstops on the current VIA schedule. The
E&N runs from Victoria to Parksville, Parksville to Port
Alberni, and Parksville to Courtenay.
In February 2006, the Canadian Pacific Railway donated its portion
of the 234 km (139 miles) E&N Vancouver Island trackage between
Victoria and Courtenay, to the Island Corridor Foundation.