Water Tower in Parksville
There was a day when railway travel was important. The locomotive in those days was a steam engine, using coal to heat the water to create steam to operate the drive pistons. At locations along the railway line water towers were spotted to permit the engine to take on additional water. With the advent of diesel locomotives, most of these water towers have disappeared from out landscape. Fortunately some have been preserved to remind us of this earlier time.
We no longer have trains running on Vancouver Island, although there is discussion about restoring some service.
This water tower has been preserved at Parksville BC. Thanks to the Vancouver Island Water Tower Preservation Society for maintaining this bit of history for us.