Heritage railway revival creates time travel in Cloverdale

A 100-year-old electric railway passenger car pulled up to Cloverdale Station for the first time last week.

Terry Nichols of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society is a fourth generation railway man. He’s the training conductor for the operational side of the society’s plans to offer weekend passenger service from Cloverdale to Sullivan Stn.

Terry Nichols of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society is a fourth generation railway man. He’s the training conductor for the operational side of the society’s plans to offer weekend passenger service from Cloverdale to Sullivan Stn.

Last week marked another exciting step for the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society.

Restored BC Electric Railway car 1225 – the focus of thousands of volunteer hours of labour – pulled into replica Cloverdale Station, a sight not seen on the original route for more than 60 years.

The 100-year-old passenger car, powered by electricity supplied by a generator in a separate ‘donkey’ car, purred along smoothly.

http://raven.b-it.ca/portals/uploads/cloverdale/.DIR288/wFxd1225AtControlsPeterFinch.jpgPeter Finch, sporting a handlebar mustache, was at the controls of restored Interurban car 1225 as it headed west on a spur line to Cloverdale Station on April 3.

Terry Nichols of the FVHRS was decked out in a full conductor’s uniform (originally a BC Rail uniform), complete with his great grandfather’s gleaming gold pocket watch. Nichols is a fourth generation railway man.

He’s the training conductor for the operational side of the society’s plans to offer weekend passenger service from Cloverdale to Sullivan Station starting June 22 and running to Oct. 14.

The society is looking for volunteers to greet and guide passengers, sell tickets and souvenirs, and assist in boarding passengers.

For more information contact Myrna, Volunteer Coordinator at 604 597-9704 or register at volunteer@fvhrs.org.http://raven.b-it.ca/portals/uploads/cloverdale/.DIR288/w1225OnTheMove.jpg

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