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I came across this SD40 on my 1993 visit to Vancouver. It seemed an odd place to park a locomotive.
A nearby McDonald's could account for CN 5070 being here. The building was still there in 2019 street views
This is the stub of track extending west from CN's Vancouver Yard; in the past it served industries along the south side of False Creek and onto Granville Island.
The lands surrounding False Creek have been extensively redeveloped; most of the industry has gone.
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Caption: I came across this SD40 on my 1993 visit to Vancouver. It seemed an odd place to park a locomotive.
A nearby McDonald's could account for CN 5070 being here. The building was still there in 2019 street views

This is the stub of track extending west from CN's Vancouver Yard; in the past it served industries along the south side of False Creek and onto Granville Island.
The lands surrounding False Creek have been extensively redeveloped; most of the industry has gone.

Photographer:
John Pittman [267] (more) (contact)
Date: 1993-07-02 (search)
Railway: Canadian National (search)
Reporting Marks: CN 5070 (search)
Train Symbol: Not Provided
Subdivision/SNS: Not Provided
City/Town: Vancouver (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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3 Comments
  1. Further research with older Vancouver maps showed that the westward connection to the industries on the south side of False Creek was from the parallel Great Northern Rwy yard a bit further south. This spot was always very close to end of track west of CN’s yard.
    False Creek originally extended (shallowly?) about a mile east of Main Street.
    It appears that this location, CN’s Vancouver Yard, Pacific Central Station and tracks, and the roads and buildings between are built on the filled-in end of False Creek.

  2. To clarify, the grey building behind CN 5070 was still there as of 2019 (some or all of the building mapped as a shelter for the homeless). McD on Main Street is also still there.
    When I was last in this area in mid-2018, I only recall intermodal cars in CN’s downtown yard, likely holding there pending movement to the Burrard Inlet Vancouver container port, or awaiting an eastbound train.
    CN still had a grade crossing at west end of the yard, but the stub seems more useful for letting the engines of inbound trains escape than for switching cars.

  3. Interesting that much of this track is still in place – mind you this small section is blocked off now.. but the pullback is still in service for a few cars.

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