The Alberni Pacific Railway is operated through agreement(s) with the City of Port Alberni by the Western Vancouver Island Industrial Heritage Society who in turn work closely with the McLean Mill Society with the train operations. The feature locomotive is the 1929 Baldwin Steam Engine (the No. 7) which is a fully functional Steam Train. In 2017 the Steam Train was not in regular operations due to maintenance done on the system. In its place was a lovely old Engine - diesel powered that gets the job done just the way we all like it! Lots of rattle rattle over the tracks with hundreds of bystanders waving as the train passes by. Scheduled for operations during the late Spring to early Autumn the Steam and Diesle engines alternate train runs Thursday through Sunday for the general public. Additionally the trains are available for private functions such as Weddings, Corporate Retreats, Family Functions and more.
Just imagine.....Hop the train at the downtown Port Alberni Train Station with upwards of 100 other people in your group. Then enjoy an incredible ride through Port Alberni - through the Alberni Valley forests all the while seeing some incredible views including those of the impressive Roger Creek area. Arrive about 45 minutes later at the McLean Mill National Historic Site for an enjoyable step back in time. Our site features a beautiful welcome center that can host upwards of 110 people for your event. We can cater it for you and assist you in the decorations to suit your desires. Outside is a wonderful three tiered deck that many have used for wedding events - dancing etc. Further out you can stroll around the 35 acres while marveling at how things have been preserved to depict the look as it was left when closed to commercial operations in 1965.
The train is also the 'competition' in the annual Race the Train event that was first known as the No. 7 Challenge and is now part of a much larger event called the TRI-CONIC CHALLENGE. The event in 2017 was hosted on Canada Day as part of the Canada 150 celebrations, and was repeated in 2018. It featured hundreds of runners 'racing' the train while at the same time the annual Port Alberni Canada Day Parade was passing by in the other direction. Pretty impressive!