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Location DB > Canada > British Columbia > Whistler > Pacific Great Eastern Train Wreck
Pacific Great Eastern Train Wreck
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created by -Rio- on 8/20/2015 6:32 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 8/18/2023 1:19 AM
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Seven old boxed train wagons in various conditions of wreck and decay.

8.17.2023 - A beautiful suspension bridge now exists. No need to walk the tracks anymore. Park in Bayly Park and follow the trail across Whistler Quarry Rd to here: 50.081369, -123.054577
 Basic Information
Type: Train
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Middle of the forest
Whistler, British Columbia
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    The trail (Flank Trail) offers some amazing views of the Cheakamus River, with luck you will get to see kayakers doing some 15-20' drops off waterfalls and cliffs.

    The train wreck site is pretty neat, the graffitis are always changing and evolving.

    In 2016 a much easier 1 km trail was built along with a new suspension bridge. This means that the train wreck can get pretty crowded with tourists at times

    The CN police have been active in the area and issuing tickets for walking down the tracks. If you follow the Flank Trail (the original trail to the train wreck) and stay off the tracks you should be fine.
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  • CN Police (only if you're walking down the track)
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 0
    Closed: 1956
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    The wreck happened August 11 1956 in a rock cut. There were three boxcars loaded with lumber jammed in there, blocking the line. The Pacific Great Eastern Railway equipment wouldn't budge them so the company got a hold of a local logging company and asked them to move the wreck with a couple D8 bulldozers.

    They pushed the mangled cars off the track. Then dragged them into the woods. Where they currently sit.

    The train had four engines. There was a mistake made on the tonnage of the train, making it too heavy and they had to split the train to get up the grade to Parkhurst (on Green Lake); and by doing that they were put behind schedule. Because of this, they were trying to make up time by speeding through an area under repair on the tracks.

    The speed limit was only 24 km/h. The fourth engine turned a rail, causing the train wreck. The train was traveling at 56 km/h. The engineer and crew were subsequently fired after the investigation into the wreck.
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    August 2015
    Thu, Aug 20th, 2015
    posted by -Rio-
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    Coolness 10 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 8/18/2023 1:21 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Aug 18 23 at 1:21, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 18 23 at 1:19, Emperor Wang changed the following: History, Interesting Features, Recommended Equipment, Description
  • on Aug 17 23 at 18:46, fr00tCake changed the following: Description
  • on Aug 12 20 at 23:49, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 12 20 at 23:49, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name, History, Interesting Features
  • on Aug 12 20 at 5:42, -Rio- changed the following: History, Interesting Features, Media Coverage, Description
  • on Jun 1 19 at 14:14, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 1 19 at 14:14, Emperor Wang changed the following: Security Measures
  • on Dec 24 16 at 1:27, Emperor Wang validated this location
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