It’s been a good news / bad news week for the Alberni Pacific Railway.
A provincial inspector brought rail service to a halt last week after worn brake shoes were discovered on the Alco diesel locomotive, and mechanical inspection reports couldn’t be found.
McLean Mill Society president Sheena Falconer says these provincial inspections are a regular event, and issues are being addressed to put all of their rolling stock back on track
She said the Number #11 diesel powered yard engine was given the green light to run, and x-ray tests on the tracks show they are in excellent condition.
She said Industrial Heritage Society crews will be replacing brake shoes and a couple of wheels on the Alco diesel, and begin work on the #7 Baldwin as they hope to have steam train service restored by time cruise ships return to Port Alberni next summer.
The next scheduled runs include the Jeepers Creepers Halloween event at McLean Mill, and the ever-popular Santa Train in December.