Westminster and Vancouver Tramway Company (03 June 1891 - 13 April 1895)
Incorporated 1890 (BC). Amalgamated in 1891 with the Westminster Street Railway Company (also inc. 1890) under the W&VTCo name. Limited service on the incomplete line began in June. Through service to Vancouver began 08 October 1891 (Ewert 1986). Merged with the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company and the Victoria Electric Railway and Lighting Company to form the CRy&LCo 1895.
Consolidated Railway and Light Company (13 April 1895 - 17 April 1896)
Name changed to CRyCo 1896.
Consolidated Railway Company (17 April 1896 - 15 April 1897)
Sold at bankruptcy to the BCER 1897.
British Columbia Electric Railway Company (15 April 1897 - 27 February 1958>)
Incorporated 03 April 1897 (Imp). The Vancouver & Lulu Island Railway Company (Vancouver - Steveston via Marpole and Marpole - New Westminister), incorporated 1891 (BC) and acquired 31 August 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (steam operation began 30 June 1902), was leased and electrified by the BCE 1905. Electric service on the V&LIRy began 04 July 1905. The charter of the dormant Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Southern Railway Company (inc. 1906 Dom.) was acquired in 1910 for the purpose of building the BCE 's Fraser valley line. Freight service was dieselized during the 1950's and '60's, the last electric freight switching ended October 1970. (Ewert 1986, RFC). See also the company's Vancouver Island interurban line.
|Burnaby Lake line (Vancouver - New Westminster)||22 October 1953>||Central Park line (Vancouver - New Westminster)||14 July 1954>||Vancouver - Marpole||17 June 1952>||Marpole - New Westminster||17 November 1956>||Marpole - Steveston||27 February 1958>||New Westminster - Chilliwack||30 September 1950>||Data source:||RFC|
Blue Funnel Motor Line (circa late 1915 - 1923)
The “jitney craze” affected the Vancouver - New Westminster interurban route much like the experience of several Canadian cities. By March 1915 there were about 40 jitneys operating in competition with the BCER between Vancouver and New Westminster. Various operators were noted in Canadian Railway & Marine World:
Fraser Valley Express (06 April 2015 - present)
Frequent commuter bus service connecting Chilliwack, Abbotsford, and Langley (metropolitan Vancouver) is expected to begin operation in 2015. It is operated by contractor FirstCanada ULC and supported by BC Transit and the several municipalities served. (BC Transit website 2014).
West Coast Express (01 November 1995 - present)|
BC Transit commuter rail service operating between Vancouver and Mission over the tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Responsibility for the service transferred from BC Transit to TransLink (Vancouver urban system) 01 April 1999. An additional evening run operated by bus was introduced 07 September 1999. Buses operated by contractor Cantrail Coach Lines Ltd. (2008). By 2014 bus runs had grown to 5 per day (WCX). (photos West Coast Express, Alex Regiec).
|Vehicle fleet||6 locomotives,
|Data source:||WCX 2014|
Squamish Vancouver Shuttle (01 October 2013 - circa 2014?)
Operated by Heading North Recreation Inc. Weekdaily commuter bus service between Squamish and Vancouver. Single trip departs Squamish at 7:00am. Return trip departs Vancouver at 5:30pm. (website 2013). Website gone by August 2015.
On 20 December 1920 the BCER acquired the Stave Falls hydroelectric generating station
Western Power Company. Included in the purchase was a railway between the
dam at Stave Falls and the CPR at Ruskin, on the Fraser River. The line was
electrified in 1922 and abandoned 04 December 1944. While traffic on the line consisted primarily of
freight and company employees and guests, common carrier passenger service was provided.
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