Archives Photos of the Day: Pacific Central

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 — 9:30am PST
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It was announced yesterday that the Pacific Central train station on Main Street will receive $5 million in federal funding for a ‘facelift’.

Photo credit: DutchAstrid on Flickr

Opening in 1919, it was the western terminus for the Canadian Northern Railway (now the terminus for VIA Rail) and was one of the first major structures completed while they were filling in False Creek. As such, I thought it would be a great focus for the Archive Photos of the Day series.

Year: 1917
In this photo: Construction of Canadian Northern Railway depot
Vancouver Archives Item #: Bu N540.042

Year: 1918
In this photo: CNR Station under construction (right) and completed GNR (Union) Station (left)
Photographer: Canadian Photo Co
Vancouver Archives Item #: PAN N178

Year: 1918 – January
In this photo: Final stages of construction before fill of False Creek completed
Vancouver Archives Item #: Bu N540.077

Year: 1918 – March
In this photo: Final stages of construction before fill of False Creek completed
Vancouver Archives Item #: Bu N540.085

Year: 1932
In this photo: Exterior of the Canadian National Railway station on Main Street
Vancouver Archives Item #: Can P23.1

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  1. Murray A says:

    As someone who spent 7 years in this building with Rocky Mountaineer I have to say it is about time…however, why not take some of the $5 million and invest it in the AMTRAK operation to keep it running? Not only does VIA Rail need a legacy building, they need people in it!

  2. Lumen Photo says:

    Love those early photographs of of Central station on Main Street!

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