Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nanaimo Train Station Re-opens

Back From The Ashes

An arson fire in 2007 nearly put an end to the historic E&N Railway Station in Nanaimo which was officially opened 126 years ago by no less than Sir John A MacDonald himself.

Today representatives from the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments presided over the grand re-opening of the completely rebuilt train station which now houses an Irish pub called Fibber McGees. A portion of the station will once again be used as a train station when passenger service is resumed on the line. There are still a few hurdles to overcome before the passenger service starts up again but given the tenacity of those that saw the train station come back from the ashes, there is little doubt we will be hearing "All Aboard" once more when train service is restored.

The restoration project was a joint effort of VIA Rail, Island Corridor Foundation and the Young Professionals of Nanaimo. Minister Pat Bell said he could see the rail line becoming a tourist attraction that would benefit all of Vancouver Island.

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