The construction of the Great Northern Railway on the north shore of Burnaby Lake began in 1904. Although the grades were level, the section along Still Creek at the west end of the lake proved challenging. The peat bog required significant loads of gravel to build up the railbed. One day, so the story goes, a dangerous sinkhole developed between Douglas Road and Sperling Avenue. One member of the work crew that was on shift that day was interviewed in 1959. This is what he recollects:
"We used to take a gravel train out on the track to the end and dump the gravel and go back for another load... One day we got to the work site close to noon so we did not dump the gravel and went to lunch... When we got back the train was not there. All we saw were the tracks going down to the muddy water and bubbles coming up... the whole thing sank out of sight."
Needless to say, some trouble ensued and everyone searched for the train but it was never found...
Reference material: Wolf, Jim; Pixie McGeachie. Burnaby A Proud Century: A Historical Commemoration of Burnaby’s Centennial (Opus Productions, 1992)
Sunken Engine art sculpture.
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