Fraser Valley Interurban map


We now have an excellent overview map of the Interurban route in the Fraser Valley, courtesy of Paul Gieselman. (The map shows a terminus at Scott Rd. Skytrain station, but of course a service could extend over the rail bridge into Vancouver.)


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6 Responses to “Fraser Valley Interurban map”

  1. Jim Says:

    I think it got resized when you uploaded to photobucket. Can you email me the full version please?

  2. John Says:

    Jim, I’ll contact Paul and find out about this.

  3. zweisystem Says:

    The map should also show the interurban Line crossing the Fraser River and into Vancouver as per the old interurban service.

  4. Jim Says:

    Thanks 🙂

  5. Jim Says:

    The tracks also split and run into Mission don’t they? Are the rights different on that set of tracks, or is there anything limiting running up to Mission?

  6. David Says:

    See this map for the lines where SRY has running rights.

    I suspect there have been some changes or else some contracting out of service because SRY locomotives can be seen working the BNSF yards on the south side of Industrial Avenue in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats. The BNSF shunters that once occupied the small yard adjacent to the main line have been gone since early 2009. I go past every weekday on SkyTrain and have made a point of observing which locos are where.

    As for the old Chilliwack interurban, most of the New West, Burnaby, Vancouver route was either destroyed in the building of SkyTrain, destroyed by urban development or simply abandoned. In Vancouver the trams used city streets from downtown to Commercial Drive and up as far as the Victoria Diversion where it had an exclusive right of way all the way to Kingsway and Edmonds. From there it once again ran on the street to the New West depot. The route between Royal Oak and Edmonds was first to be abandoned and is now a walking/cycling path. The railroad moved to the curved path now used by SkyTrain. Most of that route still has rails buried in the weeds under or beside the guideway in most places.

    Back in the mid 1990s there was still a huge level crossing of 6th/Stewardson Way that took trains from the south side of the road up toward 22nd Street station. I’m old enough to remember the pre-SkyTrain days when there was a level crossing of Kingsway at Central Park. Back then the western end of the line was located where Joyce Station now sits and the immediate area was filled with warehouses and other industrial properties.

    East of the SRY yard in New Westminster the entire line is intact and used to haul freight twice a day.

    Zweisystem’s plan is for the renewed interurban to use the SRY south of the Fraser then switch to the shared CN/BNSF route through New West, Burnaby and Vancouver all the way to Pacific Central Station. Alternatively it could use the CN line to the port, turn west onto the CP and pull into Waterfront Station, but that route would be more disruptive to freight movement so the owners of the rails would be less likely to rent track time. CP is already in the way of expansion to the West Coast Express.

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