Godzilla attacks the E&N!!!

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.....in a good way. A few scenes of the new Godzilla movie are being filmed on Vancouver Island and the E&N, well, Westmount Rail, plays a role. The SRY shops in New Westminster constructed 3 railcars with 2 of them carrying missiles and put Westmount Rail graphics on SRY 128 instead of the famous meatball logo. One scene which featured the "missile train" was shot in Nanaimo and involved a burning helicopter, unfortunately work got in the way and I missed that one.

The second scene however, is being filmed at the E&N's only tunnel on the Malahat and the missile train would be making it's way there today which was perfect for me as I had the day free. Since the tunnel is in a remote area, there is no road access to get the film equipment there. The E&N again comes into play as they would have to haul all the equipment there by way of a parade of hi-rails going back and forth from the staging area to the set.

Usually this end of the E&N is very quiet as regular freight service stopped in 2001 and passenger service in 2011 but it will be very busy for the next few days. This is huge for the E&N as it will provide a very nice financial windfall for the railroad and hopefully it will go towards much needed track and bridge work.

The missile train arriving at Malahat Station:


SRY 128 playing the part of Westmount Rail 128:


SVI hi-rail transporting movie equipment:


Other photos from today can be found here
 


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