|This is my favorite spot on the defunct branch line of Southern Railway of Vancouver Island.|
And as I walked along the other day, I thought of the history of Chinese in America who laid so many railroad ties so that we might travel and move goods faster from one coast to another. What stories even a very small section of a rail line might tell if it could talk!
Here is some history from Wikapedia about this particular rail line.
"Beginning March 18, 2011 the rail line between Victoria and Courtenay was closed indefinitely, due to safety concerns about the poor condition of the tracks. In April 2012 the Federal Government announced that it would match a $7.5 Million grant offered by the BC Provincial Government, providing the required $15 Million for basic repairs and upgrades to reopen the rail line. The line is expected to reopen, and rail services re-commence in 2013, possibly in the spring.
"The Southern Railway of Vancouver Island is 234 kilometres (145 mi) in length, and is one of two remaining railways on Vancouver Island, the other being the Englewood Railway. The railroad runs from Victoria to Courtenay, with a branch line from Parksville to Port Alberni" (that is currently closed and is pictured above).
What kind of thoughts do rail roads conjure for you?