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Railroad History Buff Presents at Upcoming Nanaimo Historical Society Meeting



A railroad history buff will discuss the challenges of building a railroad on Vancouver Island in the 1880s at the upcoming meeting of the Nanaimo Historical Society. (Photo submitted)


Railroad History Buff Presents at Upcoming Nanaimo Historical Society Meeting

Mike Bonkowski discusses the rise and demise of the E&N Railroad





The next guest speaker from the Nanaimo Historical Society will show how sections of the now overgrown and silent E&N Railroad negotiated mountain ranges, rivers, hills, ravines and railroad crossings.

In his presentation, “E&N Railroad: Obstacles and Challenges Still Visible Today,” Mike Bonkowski will talk about the two-year project to build the original 115-kilometre stretch of railroad between Victoria and the coal mines around Nanaimo in 1886, how the railroad then expanded to Courtenay, Lake Cowichan and Port Alberni in the years after Dunsmuir sold the track to the Canadian Pacific Railway and how the railroad began to fail economically.

Bonkowski is a longtime Nanaimo resident who enjoys walking through railroad history and photographing and filming today’s scenes along the railroad.

The next monthly historical society meeting will be November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Bowen Park Activity Center.

For more information, visit http://nanaimohistoricalsociety.ca.


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