Vancouver/Whistler Railfanning - CN Squamish Sub info

2054 views
8 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • 3 posts
Vancouver/Whistler Railfanning - CN Squamish Sub info
Posted by DC Railfanner on Thursday, March 15, 2018 7:27 PM

I will be in Vancouver for a day before going to Whistler, what is the single best spot (in a good part of town) to see the most action? While in Whistler, it would be nice ot catch a train on the ex-BC Rail line there (Squamish Sub). Are there any predictable daylight trains through there? Thanks!

  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: I've been everywhere, man
  • 890 posts
Posted by SD70Dude on Monday, March 19, 2018 10:58 PM

I would have hoped someone else with better info had replied to this by now, but normally CN only runs one freight each way per day on the ex-BC Rail line out of North Vancouver.  I have no idea when it is supposed to run, but it matters not, freights rarely keep to their schedules anyway. 

Rocky Mountaineer runs over this route during the summer months, they are far more likely to run during daylight hours and keep to their schedule.  There should be a schedule on their website. 

Greetings from Alberta

-an Articulate Malcontent

  • Member since
    September, 2011
  • 3,782 posts
Posted by MidlandMike on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 8:47 PM

There is a rail museum in Squamish about midway between Vancouver and Whistler.  Maybe they would have an idea of the comings-and-goings of the line.

  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • 3 posts
Posted by DC Railfanner on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 9:10 PM

Thanks! Do you happen to know the symbol (I have seen L570-51 and L571-51)? Also, I am new to CN railfanning, how do they call signals (CSX throws in everything but the kitchen sink when they call signals).

  • Member since
    December, 2017
  • From: I've been everywhere, man
  • 890 posts
Posted by SD70Dude on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 9:51 PM

The ex-BC Rail line is OCS (dark territory) so there are no signals to call.  Our current rules require trains to call every mile that ends in 5 (mile 5, 15, 25...), but we do not have to call approaching stations anymore.

The Squamish museum (West Coast Railway Association) is the largest rail museum in Canada after Montreal's ExpoRail, and no trip to the area is complete without a visit.

Squamish is also the crew change point between North Vancouver and Lillooet.

Greetings from Alberta

-an Articulate Malcontent

  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • 3 posts
Posted by DC Railfanner on Thursday, March 22, 2018 11:56 AM

Thanks! I know from YouTube videos that Whistler has a Defect Detector/Hot Box Detector. I hope that I get to see a train (also seen that they run with DPU).

 

  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Cambridge, UK
  • 418 posts
Posted by owlsroost on Saturday, March 24, 2018 2:02 PM

When I was in Whistler and Lillooet last September, I saw a north and a south bound freight (around the middle of the day) - both had three units on the front and no DPU.

I also didn't hear any train horns in Whistler, and the railroad is across the other side of the valley from the main part of the town - so you'll need the scanner and some luck...

First few photos here are from Whistler and Lillooet - https://www.flickr.com/photos/135999716@N08/sets/72157692582779735

 ...and video - 

  • Member since
    March, 2015
  • 109 posts
Posted by Yard Limit on Saturday, April 07, 2018 7:54 AM

There was only one train that I saw when I stayed at Whistler.  I could hear it's horn in the distance giving me enough time to get to the station adjacent to our hotel.  It's on a curve right there but it's still a tight place to shoot video. 

  • Member since
    December, 2001
  • From: Cambridge, UK
  • 418 posts
Posted by owlsroost on Sunday, April 08, 2018 3:19 AM

Yard Limit
It's on a curve right there but it's still a tight place to shoot video. 

 

Agreed.

Just north of the hotel (Nita Lake Lodge) there is a decent view across the (small) lake from the footpath that runs along the east side - if you can get there in time...

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

Search the Community

Newsletter Sign-Up

By signing up you may also receive occasional reader surveys and special offers from Trains magazine.Please view our privacy policy