Rider Tunnel

British Columbia. Railway tunnel
Canadian National Railway, E of Goat River
53.4833 N 120.5333 W — Map 93H/7 — GoogleGeoHack
Not currently an official name.
108 miles west of the Yellowhead Pass on the Canadian National Railway

It was necessary to construct a tunnel near Rider to facilitate traffic through the mountain. The tunnel was actually closer to Legrand than Rider even though it was called the “Rider Tunnel.” The geography in that location was such that the hillside was prone to landslides which frequently covered the railway tracks. For many years a tunnel watchman was employed to monitor conditions to ensure safe rail travel. In her book The Robson Valley Story, Marilyn Wheeler records that Ed Walsh, the orchardist from Legrand, was the “tunnel keeper” at Rider.

— Olson


  • Wheeler, Marilyn [1932–2016]. The Robson Valley Story. McBride, B.C.: Robson Valley Story Group, 1979
  • Olson, Raymond W. Ghost Towns on the East Line. Prince George, B.C.: Raymond W. Olson, 2017, p. 127
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