A lifetime E&N railway worker for the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway, whose father "Monk" and brother Al were also railway engineers on Vancouver Island, Donald F. MacLachlan started working for E&N as a young wiper at the roundhouse and eventually became an engineer. Having preserved photos and documents about the railway, he was made an honorary citizen of the City of Victoria in 1983. Born in 1923, he died in 2011.

Having written 15 books on railways and steamships, Robert (Bob) Turner is considered the foremost authority on transportation history in British Columbia. His first book was about Vancouver Island railways, in 1973. Almost forty years later he teamed with the late Don F. MacLachlan for The Canadian Pacific's Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway (Sono Nis $39.95), a fascinating and comprehensive history of the railway that was started by the Dunsmuir coal mining family in the late 1800s. With almost 500 photos and 304 pages, this handsome companion volume to MacLachlan's 1986 history of the E&N in the Dunsmuir era is a splendid tribute to the remote, westernmost end of the Canadian Pacific system and the lifeline of southern Vancouver Island. CPR replaced E&N's steam engines with diesel in 1949, giving rise to a third and final era of the railway. The lavish volume on the steam era of E&N was a project of the B.C. Railway Historical Association.

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Canadian Pacific's Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway: The CPR steam years, 1905-1949
Vancouver Island's Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway: The Canadian Pacific, VIA Rail and Shortline Years, 1949-2013
The Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway: The Dunsmuir Years: 1884-1905


The Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway: The Dunsmuir Years, 1884-1905 (1986)

The Canadian Pacific's Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway (Sono Nis 2012) $39.95 978-1-55039-204-3

[BCBW, 2012]