Canadian company seeks public input on future of logging railroad

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WOSS, British Columbia – Western Forest Products is seeking public input on what to do with Vancouver Island’s shuttered Englewood Railroad, considered by many to be the last logging line in North America.

This month, the company launched a website where the public can share its thoughts on what the company should do with the right-of-way, tracks and equipment. “Western Forest Products is committed to providing resources for the train’s permanent recognition,” the site states. Some ideas being circulated include an equipment display or an interpretive walking path along a section of the old rail line.

The company says that because it is still actively logging in the area, selling the railroad to a group interested in operating it is not an option.

The company plans on hosting an open house for the public to share ideas in person on June 21 at 4 p.m. at the Woss Community Hall.

The company announced in November 2017 that it was shutting down the northern Vancouver Island railroad for good, six months after three Englewood employees were killed when a runaway log train crashed into a maintenance-of-way crew. The railroad was immediately shut down following the incident. Officials cited economic conditions as the primary reason for permanently closing the railroad. Logs are now transported by truck.

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