Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway, the Canadian Pacific Steam Years, 1905-1949




Time and Date: 7 pm, Friday, May 10, 2013
Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Robert D. Turner
Tickets: $6 for non-members; $5 for museum members (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended.

haircut webpageJoin Robert (Bob) Turner, a leading authority on transportation history in BC, as he discusses the story of the E&N Railway’s CPR steam years.

During the days of steam power on the railway, the E&N was a distant outpost of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s vast system, but it was a profitable one. It hauled logs and coal, fish and paper, strawberries and raspberries, beer and wine, automobiles and oil, and tons and tons of wood.

The E&N carried soldiers off to two world wars, toured royalty on Vancouver Island and carried hundreds of passengers in stately parlour cars or rickety day coaches. The mail was sorted on the trains and could be delivered in a matter of hours. The E&N’s well-maintained steam locomotives were the pride of the railway.

The railway did much to shape the character of Vancouver Island and provided the key links between people, places and the goods and services they needed and produced. It was essential and irreplaceable.

Robert D. Turner is a multi-award-winning author of fifteen books, with several more in the works, and over 350 articles on railway and steamship history. He is Curator Emeritus at the Royal British Columbia Museum, where he was Chief of Historical Collections for many years. Bob has travelled around the world photographing and documenting surviving early railways, the lives of workers and communities, and industrial history in South America, Africa, many parts of Asia and Europe. For his work on Canadian railway history he received the Canadian Railroad Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Copies of “Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway, the Canadian Pacific Steam Years, 1905-1949” will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture (hard cover: $49.95 + GST; soft cover: $39.95 + GST). Payment can be made in cash or cheque only.

The Courtenay and District Museum is located at 207 Fourth Street in downtown Courtenay. FMI: 250-334-0686.