E&N Rail Reports & Studies

These two studies are released by Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the Island Corridor Foundation. The railway is owned by the Island Corridor Foundation and operated under contract by the Southern Railway of Vancouver Island.

The E&N corridor is approximately 289 km running between Victoria and Courtenay with connections between Parksville and Port Alberni and to the Nanaimo waterfront.

Evaluation of the E&N Railway Corridor (2010)

The first phase of the evaluation looked at the costs and viability of upgrading the entire E&N rail line for freight and passenger travel. It also included a market assessment for freight, passengers, excursion and commuter rail demand as well as an evaluation of infrastructure condition.

The second phase provided strategies to assist the Island Corridor Foundation with future business planning and identifying opportunities for the rail corridor.

Phase 1

Phase 2

Study Parameters

E & N Bridge Assessment Reports (2012)

This study assessed the condition of the 48 bridges and trestles on the E&N rail corridor between Victoria and Courtenay, including two structures on the Wellcox spur between the main line and the Nanaimo harbour. The railway bridge structures range in date of construction between 1906 and 2010. The objectives of the study were to:

  • Assess the load carrying capacity of the bridges
  • Estimate potential rehabilitation/replacement costs required to the bridges to support rail operations to the end of year 2021, with further estimates of bridge rehabilitation/replacement costs to the years 2031 and 2041

Phase 1

  • Phase 1 — Inspection Report (PDF, 42.8MB)
    Bridges from Bridge at Mileage 1.30 to Bridge at Mileage 65.10 and 2 Bridges on the Wellcox Spur (28 bridges)

Phase 2

  • Phase 2 — Assessment Report (rehabilitation/replacement costs) (PDF, 10.2MB)
    Bridges from Bridge at Mileage 1.30 to Bridge at Mileage 65.10 and 2 Bridges on the Wellcox Spur (28 bridges) and Executive Summary for the four reports

Phase 3

Phase 4

  • Phase 4 — Assessment Report (rehabilitation/replacement costs) (PDF, 7.4MB)
    Bridges from Bridge at Mileage 79.10 to Bridge at Mileage 135.10 (20 bridges)

B.C. on the Move

B.C. on the Move

B.C. on the Move is the new 10-year plan for the improvement of the province’s transportation network and will help grow the economy, improve safety, maintain and replace aging infrastructure and support trade.

The plan was developed with input from the public.

Useful Contacts

Contact us if you have questions about reports or studies on B.C.'s transportation infrastructure.

Telephone: 250 387-3198
Fax: 250 356-7706
Mailing
Address:
PO BOX 9850 STN PROV GOVT VICTORIA, BC V8W 9T5
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