Locomotive #112 has made the journey from Bear Cove to Port Alberni.

Locomotive moves one last time

A locomotive, steeped in local logging history, was loaded onto a flat deck trailer, and hauled away to Port Alberni last Tuesday.

A locomotive, steeped in local logging history, was loaded onto a flat deck trailer, and hauled away to Port Alberni last Tuesday.

Locomotive #112 had been sitting out in the weather for the last 45 years in Beaver Cove. Beaver Cove is located at the mouth of the Kokish River, 18 kilometres southeast of Port McNeill and three kilometres up the inlet from Telegraph Cove. The locomotive, originally built in 1923, was visible from the Telegraph Cove highway.

“We would go fishing at Telegraph Cove and I remember the kids would climb all over it,” said Town of Port McNeill Mayor Shirley Ackland, adding over the years the locomotive has fallen into “a state of disrepair.”

Nickel Brothers, a company that specializes in heavy moving, transferred the engine down-island on Wednesday. Oversize loads may only be moved at night, when traffic is lightest.

The transport took one day and the locomotive was transferred onto the railroad tracks by the Alberni Pacific Roundhouse on Friday.

The move was made possible through a donation from the B.C. Railroad Historical Association to the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society, who will be covering the balance of the cost.

Neither the City of Port Alberni nor the Alberni Valley Museum were involved in the operation.

“There is quite an interest in trains and logging in Port Alberni,” Ackland said.

“Fortunately someone is going to look after it.”

Ackland said the Town of Port McNeill did not try to keep the locomotive and include it in a Regional Heritage Registry “because we’ve got some artifacts here that we need to take care of.”

For instance, down by the waterfront near the ferry terminal is a steam donkey, a common nickname for a steam-powered winch, that was used to pull logs up the side of hills.

“That one is right from Port McNeill,” said  Ackland.

In 1968, locomotive #112, a 90-ton, oil-fired tank model, was retired and put on static display at Nimpkish before being relocated to Beaver Cove two years later. Its sister steam locomotive is on display in Woss.

Locomotive #112 was part of the Englewood Railway operation.

Englewood Railway is part of Western Forest Product’s Englewood Forest Operations, headquartered in Woss.

Built first in 1917, the railway was operated until 2006 by CanFor.

The railway line runs 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Vernon Lake, through Woss, past Nimpkish Lake Provincial Park to Beaver Cove. Logs are brought from the hills, where they are cut to rail loading points at Vernon, Maquilla, Woss and ‘Camp A’ via logging trucks and then loaded onto rail cars.

Englewood Railway is the last operating logging railroad in North America.

 

Just Posted

Sointula Resource Centre to hold fundraising play

The play will “grab people’s attention” says Stephanie Rockman.

Western Forest Products goes ahead with harvesting, despite Falconer’s concern

WFP will “mitigate impact on local wildlife” near Coal Harbour.

First Nation entrepreneur ready to launch new fish farm vessel

Walkus will launch Geemia Joye, sister ship to Amarissa Joye, totaling to $11 million.

Port McNeill cannabis committee to recommend to mayor and council designated zones for commercial marijuana agriculture

The committee unanimously voted for cannabis cultivation in M-1 (Mine Road), M-2, and A-1 zones.

Rain and high winds to hit Vancouver Island this afternoon

Thursday and Friday to see downpour of 20 to 50mm and high winds on Vancouver Island

Watch out for Pavement Patty: Drivers warned outside B.C. elementary school

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

Most Read