Ladysmith Railway Station - Ladysmith, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member elyob
N 48° 59.670 W 123° 48.950
10U E 440321 N 5427165
Quick Description: To gain access to the station, take Roberts Street across the Trans Canada Highway.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/23/2020 8:28:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM12NTV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII
Views: 3

Long Description:
VIA Rail passenger services are discontinued. Therefore, the future of any stations along this line is uncertain.

The E & N Railway arrived in Ladysmith in 1886. This wooden CPR station dates from 1944.

Take Roberts Street across the Trans Canada Highway.

The Ladysmith Railway Station is a modest, one-storey cottage style building located between the railway tracks and the highway in Ladysmith, British Columbia. The historic place is confined to the building footprint.

The Ladysmith Railway Station is valued as a tangible reminder of the crucial role of rail transportation in early Ladysmith. For decades, the local economy was dependent on rail transportation to move its primary export products - coal and logs - to the breakwater. The railway also provided important passenger service between island communities. By the 1940s, better roads led to increased use of truck transportation and increased ownership of automobiles led to less dependence on the railway for passenger travel. The Ladysmith Railway Station's modest size and detailing symbolize the waning of what had once been the most significant mode of transportation in the area.

Built in 1944 to replace an earlier, more elaborate structure that included living quarters, the Ladysmith Railway Station is a simple-cottage style building. The Ladysmith Railway Station features typical functional elements such as a projecting central block which provided unobstructed views of the track and an attached freight shed. Simple and functional, the building remains substantially intact.

Source: Town of Ladysmith, Development Services

Official Heritage Registry: [Web Link]

Esplanade Avenue, Ladysmith, British Columbia

Heritage Registry Page Number: Not listed

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