Pacific Great Eastern Railway

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Pacific Great Eastern Railway

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The Pacific Great Eastern Railway was incorporated in 1912. The PGE, which took over the Howe Sound and Northern Railway, attracted a large part of the original investment from the Great Eastern Railway interests in England. Timothy Foley, Patrick Welsh, and John Stewart contracted to build the line from North Vancouver via Squamish and Quesnel to link up with the Grand Trunk Pacific in Prince George by July 1915. In 1914 regular service was inaugurated between North Vancouver and Whytecliffe. In 1918 the Provincial Government took over the stock and operation of the line. In November 1928 service on the North Shore was discontinued but the Railway's right of way was not relinquished. In 1956 the new North Vancouver-Squamish line was completed and opened. In 1972, the name was changed to British Columbia Railway.


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