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On this day, August 13th, in 1886, Canadian prime minister John A. Macdonald drove the last spike of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway at Cliffside, then around milepost 48 from Nanaimo.  Mileposts were reversed to run northward from Victoria after CP took over 1905-06-08, with Cliffside becoming milepost 25.  In 1958, a stone cairn was constructed to commemorate the 1886-08-13 last spike ceremony.

Ninety-two years after the last spike, on 1978-08-13 during a period of of optimism that CP could be persuaded to continue running E&N passenger service, a re-performance of the last spike ceremony was held with a surprisingly large number of general public attendees, and the northward passenger train (running Passenger Extra since it was a Sunday and the operating timetable had not been updated to reflect the 1978-07-28 introduction of Sunday service) paused briefly for the ceremony at a time (0911 PDT) astonishingly close to the the reported “shortly after 9:00 a.m.” of the original occasion, although the original was on Standard Time.

Southward the same day, there was no crowd, allowing a composition including the cairn and the fresh CLIFFSIDE station name sign on the flagstop platform as CP 9067 + 9103 running as Passenger Extra South passed at 1621 PDT.
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Caption: On this day, August 13th, in 1886, Canadian prime minister John A. Macdonald drove the last spike of the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway at Cliffside, then around milepost 48 from Nanaimo. Mileposts were reversed to run northward from Victoria after CP took over 1905-06-08, with Cliffside becoming milepost 25. In 1958, a stone cairn was constructed to commemorate the 1886-08-13 last spike ceremony.

Ninety-two years after the last spike, on 1978-08-13 during a period of of optimism that CP could be persuaded to continue running E&N passenger service, a re-performance of the last spike ceremony was held with a surprisingly large number of general public attendees, and the northward passenger train (running Passenger Extra since it was a Sunday and the operating timetable had not been updated to reflect the 1978-07-28 introduction of Sunday service) paused briefly for the ceremony at a time (0911 PDT) astonishingly close to the the reported “shortly after 9:00 a.m.” of the original occasion, although the original was on Standard Time.

Southward the same day, there was no crowd, allowing a composition including the cairn and the fresh CLIFFSIDE station name sign on the flagstop platform as CP 9067 + 9103 running as Passenger Extra South passed at 1621 PDT.

Photographer:
Ken Perry [177] (more) (contact)
Date: 1978-08-13 (search)
Railway: Canadian Pacific (search)
Reporting Marks: CP 9067 (search)
Train Symbol: Psgr Extra South (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Victoria sub. (25.0) (search)
City/Town: Cliffside (search)
Province: British Columbia (search)
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  1. Great shot Ken, hope to that pose in the future one day.

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