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Southern Railway of Vancouver Island

Southern Railway of Vancouver Island (SVI) is the operating railroad for Vancouver Island freight and passenger services, and works under a haulage arrangement with SRY.

SVI provides rail freight services to various customers on Vancouver Island offering connections to the continental railway network. The company also operates daily inter-city passenger service from Victoria to Courtenay on behalf of VIA Rail Canada, Inc. Southern Railway of British Columbia operates two Subdivisions and one Spur:

  • The Port Alberni Subdivision (37 miles)
  • The Victoria Subdivision (140 miles)
  • The Wellcox Spur (3.2 miles)

Junctions with other railroads:

  • CN, CPR, BNSF and UP interchanged at New Westminster via the Annacis Rail Marine Terminal

History

For more than 120 years, the predecessors of SVI have served Vancouver Island operating both freight and passenger service.

Incorporated in 1883, the railway started operations in 1886 serving as both a passenger and freight line. Passengers as well as commodities, such as; lumber, coal, logs, machinery and consumer goods were moved between points on the Island and B.C.’s Lower Mainland.  Previously know as the E&N the railroad was owned by CP and later RailAmerica owned a portion of the right of ways.  The Island Corridor Foundation has acquired both the CP Rail, and RailAmerica-owned portions of the line. As of July 1, 2006, Southern Railway of Vancouver Island, a holding company of SRY, was appointed as the new operator of the rail line.