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British Columbia Railway Stations

Vancouver

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    Canadian Pacific Railway (first station)

    Vancouver Public Library, Acc. #38755, Trueman, Richard H., undated

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    Canadian Pacific Railway (first and second stations)

    Vancouver Public Library, Acc. #38723, Trueman, Richard H., ca. 1899

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    Canadian Pacific Railway (second station)

    Publisher: James Valentine & Son, ca. 1910

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    Canadian Pacific Railway (second station)

    Publisher: Novelty Post Card Co., Vancouver, ca. 1914

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    Canadian Pacific Railway (third station)

    Publisher: James Valentine & Sons, ca. 1920

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    Canadian Pacific Railway (third station)

    Photo: Gowen, ca. 1920s

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    Canadian Pacific Railway (third station)

    Publisher: Coast Publishing Co., ca. 1920

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    Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and Canadian Northern

    Vancouver Public Library, VPL Accession #20287, Dominion Photo, ca. 1917

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    Great Northern and Northern Pacific Railways

    ca. 1950s

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    Canadian Northern Railway

    Vancouver Public Library, VPL #20284, Dominion Photo, ca. 1917

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    Great Northern Railroad and Canadian National Railway

    Albertype Company/Library and Archives Canada/PA-031692, ca. 1919

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    Great Northern Railroad and Canadian National Railway

    Photo: Gowen Sutton Co., Vancouver, ca. 1930

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    Canadian National Railway

    ca. 1920s

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    Canadian National Railway

    Vancouver Public Library, VPL #20684, Dominion Photo, ca. 1919

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    Canadian National Railway

    Publisher: Pacific Importers Ltd., Photo: S.J. Hayward, Montreal, ca. 1939

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    Canadian National Railway

    Publisher: The Camera Products Co., Photo: J. Fred Spalding, ca. 1940s

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    Canadian National Railway

    ca. 1967

Vancouver's first CPR station was built around 1887. In 1899 it was replaced with an imposing chateau-style structure that only lasted until 1914 when the third and final station was built. Now known as the Waterfront Station, the third station remains in use as a transportation hub.

In 1916 construction began on both the Great Northern and Canadian Northern Pacific stations. The Great Northern station was used by the Great Northern Railroad, Northern Pacific Railway and, until 1919, the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway (later CN). The GN station was demolished in 1965. The GN then moved next door into the CN station where they remained until 1969 when passenger service was discontinued.

The Canadian National Railway (formerly Canadian Northern) station was built in 1916 and completed in 1919. It is now owned by VIA Rail and is known as Pacific Central Station. It remains in use as a train station and transportation hub.

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