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A few changes this year as we look forward to welcoming you to the restored Cloverdale station. If you visited last year you will notice new landscaping around the station. A donation from the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Horticulture class is the design of the grounds and pathway to the car barn. Thanks to KPU, the Cloverdale branch of Scotiabank, BC Hydro and Potter's who have all provided support to this project.

BCER 961, in late BCER colours

We also expect to add to our rolling stock this year. BCER 961, a yard freight motor, will return to the lower mainland very soon courtesy of the Edmonton Radial Railway. It will appear on the outside track next to the car barn in April or May.

A new track connection is planned for construction over the summer to help ensure our access to the SRY mainline. Once this is in place, we will be able to better achieve our schedule. During the summer the construction of the new connection will be a chance for passengers to see how track is laid as an added attraction on our journey to Sullivan Station.

A New Year resolution

Come for a  ride in our restored Interurban rail car this year. We will be back in May 2014 check back here, or on facebook, for the startup date.

BCER1225 at CLoverdale Station June 2013

Better idea if you love the call of the rails: join us this year. We welcome new volunteers to join us this season. Station volunteers are required in all areas from greeters, souvenir sales, ticket sales and station master. Volunteers also needed for on board 1225 duties from conductors to operators. Volunteer orientation and training is being planned for April 2014.

Contact the Society via email to Vol@fvhrs.org or phone to discuss at 604-574-9056

Many thanks for visiting us in Cloverdale!

We have been overwhelmed with how many passengers have come out for a ride in the restored BCER 1225. A few very hardy soles are even racking up the miles with multiple rides this summer. We are very happy to show off the results of our work in restoring the Interurban, replicas of the stations and bringing back the joys of rail travel to Surrey.

Our fun does not stop as we rest the Interurban over the winter. We continue to work on 1304 and look at changes in our operations for next year. We will be back in 2014.

If you want to join the fun, contribute some time on restoration or join the CREW for next year, give us a call, post a message on Facebook, or email us (Vol@FVHRS.org) about joining our happy CREW.

A great year!

Many thanks to all who came to Cloverdale to visit the station, tour the car barn and, most especially those among the over 5,000 people who rode on BCER 1225 for our inaugural season.

On Sunday, Oct 13th, 2013 our last day for this year, we were most pleased to welcome Miss Bridie Kay Meyer as our 5,000th passenger. Bridie arrived from Victoria with her parents as part of her 4th birthday celebration.

5000 pasenger, Miss Bridie Kay Meyer Oct 13 2013

Happy Birthday to Miss Bridie Kay Meyer from Victoria - our 5,000th passenger.

We are closed for the season now. We will be back running May 2014. Please check this website, or Facebook for the 2014 Opening day and plans for next year. We anticipate returning to Sullivan Station again next year on a more regular schedule.

You can check here on the website, our Facebook page, twitter feed or call the station at 604.574.9056


Milestone: 4000th passenger

4000th passenger Neil Fawcett Sept 14 2013  

On Sat. Sept. 14th we welcomed aboard Mr. Neil Fawcett, of Surrey as our latest Milestone passenger. The day after Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Neil as it was his partner, Jennifer Haines' idea to come over to Cloverdale Station to ride the Interurban. Along with the special certificate we are very happy to provide the customary "goodie bag." (I wonder if he plans on sharing?)

Milestone: 3000th passenger

3000th Passenger: David Lemky, Aug 24

Saturday Aug 24, 2013 we welcomed David Lemky of Surrey, BC, as our 3000th passenger. We forecast that our 4000th passenger may board the interurban early September. Come join us for a ride and possible internet fame!

Milestone: 2000th passenger

2oooth passenger

Saturday, Aug 3rd, 2013 we welcomed our 2000th passenger, Mr. Thomas Grosvenor Russell, who arrived with his family. This is only three weekends since our 1000th passenger. With ridership picking up, you may be number 3000 next weekend?

Milestone: 1000th passenger

Arron Ellis, our 1000th passenger!

On Sunday, July 14 we welcomed our 1000th passenger, Mr. Arron Ellis, P.Eng. who arrived with his family. This milestone was reached in only 5 operational days since we started on June 23.

We have more certificates for the next milestone reached - come and visit us for your chance to be famous.

We are OPEN!

Opening Day, June 22

Cutting the ribbon - Station, June 22, 2013

Saturday, June 22, 2013. Official ribbon cutting to open the Cloverdale Station. Joining Chair John Sprung (holding ribbon on the right) are: City of Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts, President of SRY Rail link, Frank Butzelaar, B C Hydro executive Steve Higginbotham, Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, MLA Surrey-Cloverdale Councillor Marvin Hunt, MLA Surrey-Panorama Councillor Barbara Steele, Councillor Linda Hepner, Councillor Bruce Hayne, Councillor Mary Martin, Councillor Tom Gill and children, Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman, South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cliff Annable, Honourable Amrik Virk, MLA Surrey-Tynehead, Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, Acting Executive Director Ben Wevers.

Mayor Watts cutting the ribbon on the track.

Mayor Dianne Watts driving interurban 1225 to cut the ribbon, starting operations of the FVHRS on the original Fraser Valley line. June 22, 2013.

Stephanie riding the lift

Our first official passenger on the lift. Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development & MLA for Surrey-Cloverdale rides on the G&F lift to BCER 1225.

See more pictures on the FVHRS Facebook page.

Start of operations June 22, 2013

As with any railway, motive power, schedules and fares are subject to change without notice. Adverse weather conditions or technical/safety problems may prevent operations.


Special Event: Opening Day June 22

Another milestone event for the FVHRS. On Saturday June 22, we will be joined by Mayor Dianne Watts; Surrey Councilors; Mr. Frank Butzelaar, President of SRY Raillink; Mr. Steven Higginbotham, Public Affairs Coordinator BC Hydro; MLA Stephanie Cadieux and many others to officially open the Replica Cloverdale Station and to also inaugurate operations of the Heritage Rail Demonstration Project.

Starting at 11:30am, Mayor Watts will officially open the Cloverdale Station. At Noon, we have a very special group ribbon cutting event unlike anything you might have seen before to start the Operations phase of the railway.

You are welcome to attend and watch the proceedings. As this is a special event, we will not have our planned regular schedule this day. After the platform party opens the line they will have a ceremonial run to Sullivan and return. Upon their return we will have cake and refreshments at the Station.

After the cake disappears, we will be pleased to offer free rides along the spur for those in attendance - no cake or drinks allowed on BCER 1225!

First Day of operations: Sunday June 23

We are very pleased to invite you to come for a ride on our first full day of operations. The Station will open at 9:30am with the first train departing at 10:00am.

All rides depart from Cloverdale Station, for a trip to Sullivan Station and return. Please note that for the Summer 2013, we will not be stopping at Sullivan, but will turn around and return to Cloverdale for a total duration of about 45 minutes. There are no washrooms on board so please prepare in advance of boarding the Interurban at Cloverdale.

Cloverdale Again

The Surrey Re-enactors

For this special day we will also be joined between 1:00pm and 4:00pm by many historical characters from Cloverdale's and Surrey's past. The Re-enactors will visit at the station. You may enjoy talking to Reeve T.J. Sullivan, Doctor Fredrick Sinclair - Medical Health Officer, Mr. Eric Anderson - carpenter and pioneer settler, teacher Miss Mary Jane Shannon and Zennosuke Inouye - WW I veteran and President of the Surrey Berry Growers Association.

These special guests will also visit with us again on Saturday, July 13 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


History made Again

Accessible Interurban

Lift Installed

The good folks at G&F Financial Group Foundation have supported our desire to have facilities for mobility-challenged access to BCER 1225. The donation of funds to purchase a lift to help with access from the platform to the Interurban has arrived in time for the lift to be installed for Opening day.


AGM 2013 Minutes

May 16, 2013 The draft minutes of the 2013 Annual General Meeting are now available on-line. The minutes will be officially approved at the 2014 AGM.

The results of the Board of Directors election are: elected for a two year term are Ron Powers, Ray Hudson, Peter Holt, Larry Perkins, Terry Nichols and John Sprung.

The full listing of the 2013 Board of Directors is now available.


Coming to the Cloverdale Rodeo this weekend?

May 18, 19 & 20

Then please drop by the Cloverdale Station for our Open House May 18, 19 & 20.

The restored BCER Interurban car 1225 will be at the station for viewing each day (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) during the Rodeo from Noon to 4pm. The station will be open for your inspection and a choice of our refreshments. The paint is dry and the flowers are in bloom.

BCER 1225 will be at the platform, this is a chance to take a walk through the car and imagine what it was like to ride from downtown Vancouver, New Westminster out to Cloverdale 100 years ago. Next month you can return for an actual ride over the same line to find out if your imagination is accurate.

Waiting for you

May 19 - well it might be raining elsewhere, but the sun is always shining in Cloverdale. We are waiting for you to come ride BCER 1225.

May 19 - The car is at the station

May 19 - The Station Master's office has a great view of the car at the platform. All we need is to see you arriving and getting aboard. Last day for Open House is Monday May 20 Noon to 4pm.

MAy 18 - Station CREW

May 18 - Our very first Station CREW ready and waiting for the crowds.

Waiting for the train

May 18 - Waiting on the platform for the train to arrive.

Unexpected Ride

May 18 - a few lucky visitors were able to get a short ride when 1225 was repositioned.

VIew from HWY 10

The view from HWY 10 when 1225 is positioned for Open House duty.


News

April 1, 2013 - and not an Aprils Fools story. The Replica Cloverdale Station has been completed. Click here to see more about all the companies and people who helped out with many forms of support.

AGM 2013

This years Annual General Meeting will be on Saturday April 27th at the Hampton Inn on the Langley Bypass. Registration starts at 12:30pm, the meeting starts at 1:00pm. Please click here for more information.


Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!  

History of BCER 1225

BCER 1225 last run Feb 28, 1958

The last passenger run for BCER 1225 was 55 years ago, February 28, 1958. BCER 1225 closed out the era of passenger service for the BC Electric Railway with the last run on the Steveston line.

The Vancouver Sun, in their anniversary coverage for 100 years of publishing the news ran a photo of the last run with 1225 decorated with "Reddy Kilowat" sign and banner. Click here to read the story.

History made again

Our Valentine's Day gift arrived! On February 14th, 2013 BCER 1225 moved out of the FVHRS car barn under its own power. Just a short time before you can ride on the refurbished Interurban "tram" that carried the last passengers on BCER service in 1958. In May we start our new passenger service running on the original BCER Fraser Valley line.

You can ride the Interurban again!

Check out the first run at Cloverdale on this YouTube video.


Larry Perkins joins the Board of Directors.

With the passing of Director Bill Watson last year the board membership decreased to a point that the remaining Directors felt they required some help. A survey of willing volunteers was conducted and Larry Perkins has been appointed to the Board of Directors to complete Bill's term of office, which will conclude at the 2013 AGM.


Construction update

Jan 23 2013, work continues on the station. New pictures from Jan 3rd to 23rd have been added on the Station page. Click here to see the newest pictures.


Volunteer (at) FVHRS.org

Volunteer Training

We have started the Orientation sessions for volunteers interested in helping us during the 2013 operating season: Weekends & Holidays May 11th through Oct 14th. There is still time to join us!

Training sessions will start soon for both the Station side operations and the in-car crew positions. Formal testing is required for Motormen (Interurban operators) but the only requirement for other crew positions is an interest in people or trains.

We anticipate room for about 100 people to come and have fun with us this summer. If you can help for even one day a month, we have a place for you.

We start operations in May 2013. If you want to be a part of this great ride of a lifetime, now is the time to get on board! Do you want to learn how to drive BCER 1225? Talk to the passengers and tell stories about 'the good old days' on the rails? Greet and guide passengers on board, or at the stations? We are looking for volunteers to come ride with us on weekends. Call 604 574 9056, or email to Volunteer @ fvhrs.org with your name, please include your and area of interest.

 

Happy New Year, 2013

Jan 2, 2013. The dawn of 2013 brings the FVHRS to the year we start operations of the passenger service on the original BCER Fraser Valley line. We wish you and your families all the best for this new year and we also hope to see you at Cloverdale.

The end of 2012 was a very busy time for the society. While many were looking forward to holidays and time with family and friends, the many friends of FVHRS were busy with a few projects: Moving the Sullivan Station to its new home and start of construction of the replica Cloverdale station. You can help the FVHRS with the ongoing work as we are still looking for assistance with both the station and for operation. Please see below for more details.

Frank Horne, 1922-2012

Frank Horne 1922-2012

We lost one of our pioneers this past month when Frank Horne passed away earlier in December. Frank has been very involved with the FVHRS since we started and one of his desires was to again ride on BCER 1225 on the line. Frank was a motorman with the BCER and drove both 1225 and 1304 during his career. He had the chance to drive 1304 when it was in Oregon and has helped work on both cars while they have been in the FVHRS car barns.

Frank provided narration for the movie The Chilliwack Run and other documentaries about BCER operations. Frank appeared at most FVHRS events in his uniform and was always delighted to share his experience with the BCER.

We will miss Frank dearly, but are also comforted in knowing that we can see his handiwork in BCER 1225 and he will be watching over us as his statue is just up the street in Cloverdale, checking his pocket watch to make sure we are on time.

Frank's obituary as published in the Vancouver Sun.


Sullivan Station

Moving our car barn to Cloverdale has allowed us to return the Sullivan Station compound back to the City of Surrey. This has also required us to remove all of our facilities from the compound which has meant moving the replica Sullivan Station.

Nov 26 2012 - moving Sullivan Station

In November, 2012, we completed negotiations with SRY Raillink, BC Hydro and the City of Surrey to determine a location within the railway right-of-way for the station. On Nov 26th we were able to move the station to its new home.

Nov 28 2012, The fence goes up

A few sunny days - it does happen in Surrey! - allowed the rest of the work of re-attaching the platform, leveling and placing the new fence.

Dec 3 2012, relocated station

Dec 3, 2012, Sullivan Station (replica) relocated trackside in Sullivan.

With the replica Sullivan Station in place, we now have a place to arrive in Sullivan. This site is just across the tracks from the original site and will serve as our destination for operations in 2013. We hope you will see it from the train this year.


Cloverdale Car Barn

Official Opening, Sat. Oct 20

 Ribbon cutting

The official ribbon cutting took place on Sat. Oct 20,2012 in the completed Cloverdale Car Barn. Representing Mayor Watts and the City of Surrey Council, Councilor Marvin Hunt was joined by Councilor Barinder Rasode and SRY Raillink President Frank Butzelaar as FVHRS Chair John Sprung & Superintendent Ron Powers provided support.

Photos by Ray Hudson. Opening audience

We were pleased to welcome over 250 people to the new car barn for the event. A number of first time visitors joined our members, donors and volunteers to see the completed car barn, view the restored heritage interurban, BCER 1225, and the newest member of our rolling stock, the "Donkey."

Wrapped Donkey outside

The Donkey was outside showing off its new "paint job" - actually a new mini-interurban wrap donated by FastSigns Newton & Cummins Western Canada.

Offical cake cutting

What's an opening without a cake? Councilors Hunt and Rasode with SRY President Frank Butzelaar cut the "Official" cake to provide refreshment for the hungry audience.

Ron explaining 1304 history

Our Open House events allow us to explain the history of the BCER line, and the cars that operated in the Fraser Valley. Here Superintendent Ron Powers explains the history of the BCER 1304 fire and rebuilding to visitors and members.

Ron Hyde and members

Ron Hyde, author of The Sockeye Special, was on hand to meet visitors and autograph copies of his book. Here he chats with FVHRS members volunteers and a visitor.

Young visitors

Photo by JPD Sprung, used with permission of the parents.

Jacob, Sarah & Hanna reenact the (not-recommended) hiding position for a free ride on the tram after listening to recollections of how riders used to get on board BCER 1225 from FVHRS visitors.

Band

Our 'House Band' Circle of Friends were on hand to entertain with a variety of songs including Ray Hudson's Ballad of 1225.

SRY Donates a Diamond!

SRY has donated to the society the heritage semaphore installation from Clayburn Junction in the Fraser Valley. Read more about this.

Power Cart update

Oct 1, 2012

Power cart aarrives

The Power cart has arrived in the car barn. Returned from Cummins on Monday, the cart is now being attached to BCER 1225. With our own power source we will be able to go "anywhere" on the rails. Although not yet named, it is often referred to as "Donkey" but may be given another name soon.

New Home

Our new home! Please see the Cloverdale Construction page for the whole story. See also the events of the BIG MOVING DAY when the interurban cars were moved from Sullivan Station to Cloverdale.



Volunteer (at) FVHRS.org We are preparing to start operations. If you want to be a part of this great ride of a lifetime, now is the time to get on board! Do you want to learn how to drive BCER 1225? Talk to the passengers and tell stories about 'the good old days' on the rails? Greet and guide passengers on board, or at the stations? We are looking for volunteers to come ride with us on weekends. Call 604 538 9611, or email to Volunteer(at)fvhrs.org [replace (at) with @ please] with your name and what you would like to do with us.


Construction update

We are building a new car barn in Cloverdale at 5554 - 176 Street. The barn itself has been mostly finished, the tracks are in, the fleet is now resting inside and work continues around the outside. If you are driving by you will see a lot of changes in the next two weeks. All of the changes inside are visible here and on the Construction and Moving Day pages.

Older pictures have been moved to the Cloverdale Construction page and are in construction order. The latest pictures are at the 'bottom' of that page. Most pictures taken by A. Aubert, unless indicated otherwise.

We moved the rolling stock, BCER 1225 & BCER 1304, from Sullivan to Cloverdale on the hottest day so far in the summer - Wed. Aug 15th. Some pictures of the move have been placed on the Moving Day page. If you have any photos you would like to share, please send them to the webmaster.

Pictures updated - Aug 29 to Sept 11 for car barn construction. For the BIG move on Aug 15 - see the Moving Day page.


SIRS BCER 1304 Plaque

SIRS BCER 1304 plaque ceremony

Dr. Peter Moogk, a Director with the Steveston Interurban Restoration Society (SIRS) attended the May 20th Open House with a special plaque to commemorate SIRS purchase of BCER 1304 and the return to Canada. This completes the hand-over of BCER 1304 to FVHRS as SIRS has disbanded. See this page for pictures.


Moving Day

Wednesday August 15

Sullivan to Cloverdale

It is now set - August 15 is Moving Day for the interurban cars. We will roll out the cars on to the temporary tracks early in the morning to be picked up by the large (200 ton) Gwill crane and placed on to the four transport trucks.

Leaving Sullivan - 10:30 am

The lifting of the interurban cars is scheduled for 8:30 - 9:30 am. Each car body will be placed on its own truck and the trucks (wheels and motors) will need one transport for each set.

Once everything is loaded, and the crane is lowered, the caravan will move out from Sullivan with the assistance of the RCMP to allow the trucks to leave southbound "up" the hill on 152nd Street.

Delivery at Cloverdale - Noon

We expect to arrive at Cloverdale at Noon, when the crane will set up again at the East end of the new car barn. Lifting the trucks and then the bodies should start about 1pm.

Parking information - Sullivan

This will be a very big day with lots of people interested in viewing at one, or both, sites. If you wish to view the lift at Sullivan, please arrive on or before 7:00am. Entry to parking is the main driveway - Northbound on 152, just before the train tracks. Parking is limited at Sullivan, please follow the guides to the south end of the field closer to Sullivan Hall - the driveway and north end of the field is needed for the crane and truck marshaling areas.

Please note: there is no access to Sullivan Hall, or the Sullivan Hall parking lot.

Parking information - Cloverdale

At Cloverdale, the best viewing area should be from the Clover Square Village mall, as there will be no on-site parking, and limited on-street parking on 176 street.

Sullivan clean up

July 11

July 11 - Station prep for moving

As we prepare to move the barn contents to Cloverdale, we will also have to move the other structures from the compound such as the replica Sullivan Station. The replica was built on steel beams to allow easy relocation. We are planning to relocate the station close to the tracks on the Right of Way. Here the volunteers are preparing for the move by removing the railing.

July 12

Juy 12 - signs to be moved

Our large signs also have to be moved. Be sure to look for this one when you get a chance to visit the new Cloverdale barn.

July 12 - logo sign to move too

The large "logo" signs also have to be moved. This one will have a prominent place at the new barn.

July 24

Detaching

Work continues to prepare for the move. Here the crew is separating the platform from the Sullivan station base. These were built in modules on beams to allow them to be moved. Yes that is an innovative railway tool to remove double headed nails - a claw hammer head and a long pipe!

Everyone involved

The task masters at Sullivan put everyone to work while we wait for the trucks to return. Myrna McRae, Volunteer coordinator puts her trades background to good use.

Trucks return

A long day waiting for the return of the trucks. They have been away for over two years to be cleaned, checked and restored. The trip from Carr's Machinery seemed to take forever - based on the group standing around at Sullivan. A very happy time to see the transport truck arrive with BCER 1225's trucks aboard.

Easy lift

It's easy when you have the right tools. Note the special way of lifting the truck frame to keep the load on the bearings.

It goes here

Positioning the truck is almost like putting the HO scale models on the track. You need to get it just right.

Back home

It rolls very nicely, just need to lower the car to get BCER 1225 out of the barn. We will lift the body and the trucks once more to move them to Cloverdale on August 15.

Starting to pack up at Sullivan

June 22

Moving the little station

Volunteers from FVHRS and West Coast Railway Association pick up and load the 'Little Station' from beside the speeder oval track to start its journey to Squamish. As we have completed our Speeder rides at Sullivan, the little station will move to the WCRA site to continue to embrace the smaller passengers.

June 25

Lifting track at Sullivan

Monday June 25, our good friends at PNR arrived to start the clean-up process and rearrange the property to move the BCER Heritage cars. Our last Open House on June 17 was the last time we will operate the Speeder and cart ride, so the first thing to go is the oval track around the Sullivan car barn. Many of the rail pieces will be re-used as temporary track to bring our BCER 1225 and BCER 1304 to lift them onto the transports and the trip to Cloverdale. Photo by R. Ashton.

Picking up track near the gate at Sullivan

Once the heritage cars have moved to Cloverdale, PNR will return and remove all remaining track including the rail inside the barn. Some of this track will be re-located to Cloverdale to be used as a temporary loading track to put BCER 1304 inside the South bay at the East side of the new barn. Track for 1304 will not be connected to the other spur and switches until restoration has be completed. Photo by R. Ashton.

Sullivan clean up

June 26

PNR track Crew

The PNR track crew installed the temporary track for BCER 1225 to be rolled out and lifted on to the transport trailer. This is also needed to load in the restored trucks and lower 1225 onto the trucks and roll out.

Tie clean up

While here, the PNR crew also removed the "extra" ties and cleaned up the ballast. It will be much easier to enter the compound now that there is no road-crossing at the gate.

Speeder parked

The crew also left some of the oval track to park the speeder and 1225 1/2 (cart) until it too can be picked up and moved to the new home in Cloverdale.

Recent work on BCER 1225

Work on the main BCER 1225 body is substantially complete. The current flurry of activity is focused on the completion of the work on the trucks - the wheels, motor and carriage that goes under the body. Most of this work is taking place at Carr's Machinery, where old techniques are being used again. The motor axels use a Babbitt bearing and needed to have new Babbitt added to the supporting bearing. This involves melting the Babbitt material and pouring it into the motor bearings.

Photos, and movie, by R. Ashton.

June 29

Babbitt preaparation

The motor bearing, the bright metal cylinder visible on the wooden box, has an insert mold to create the space where the Babbitt needs to be added on the inside of the bearing.

Pouring Babbitt

Here the molten Babbitt is poured into the void inside the motor bearing.

Click here to see this pour in action on YouTube.

Bearing with Babbitt

The result of a pour - the Babbitt is nicely placed inside the motor bearing. There are four of these on each truck.

A little paint helps

The main truck, without the motors installed, is rolled outside to get some attention and new paint. The second truck is just visible inside the door.

Date on the wheel

One of the pleasant discoveries was etched into the side of the removable portion of the wheel, which is called the tyre, of the date when the tyre was turned to the flange shape. This part was turned in England, although the car itself was built, by the St. Louis car company, in 1912-13 parts were changed throughout its operation time for maintenance purposes.

July 3

Putting it together

The motors are coming together and will soon be installed in the trucks.

July 4

Lifting the car again

Back at Sullivan, BCER 1225 needs to be raised again to provide clearance to have the rebuilt trucks roll under the car. Once lowered onto the trucks the car can then be rolled out of the barn and on its way to Cloverdale.

July 19

Juy 19 -Inspection

The trucks are just about done. Here Bill Schaap of SRY Raillink takes a look at the wheels and journal box.

July 19 - how to move it

Now that everything is "OK" - how are we going to move this?

July 19 - brand new

Many things are solved with large hooks and chain. Looking brand new and still many parts are 100 years old! Next stop, Sullivan and return to BCER 1225.


Restoration work on BCER 1225

More Rehab work

Work on BCER 1225 continues in the car barn. the dedicated volunteers are very busy 3 days per week getting the car ready to run again. Having brought the car from its 50 year California vacation, there is a lot of wood that needs replacing to be able to function in the Wet Coast again. Some items have just not survived the 50 + years of use.

Restoration and rehabilitation from the floor up to the roof has been underway since the car arrived. The car has been raised up and the trucks removed for  refurbishing and cleaning. The trucks will be returning very soon, and then 1225 will look proper again.

Pictures of the restoration

10000 hours

BCER 1225 returned to Canada in 2005. See some of the work that had gone into the move and the effort in getting the car ready to run again on the Fraser Valley line.

Webshots linkSee more pictures of BCER 1225 rehabilitation on Webshots - taken by Vice Chair Bob Ashton.

Sullivan Open House

May 20, 2012

Our second-to-last Sullivan Open House on Sunday May 20th was held on the first rainy day in some time. This same weekend was the Cloverdale Rodeo which also draws people away from Sullivan. We did have a good time and a better than expected turn out given the weather.

Because of the rain, the band, Circle of Friends, decided to sit this one out rather then become the 'Circle of Fried friends'. A good decision as late in the morning is looked like the clouds might move away. By mid-afternoon however it was just wet.

Open House prep work

Many people have asked what we do in the morning before opening the gates and selling the hot-dogs. A last clean up of the speeder is needed before we start on the track.

Cooking Onions

The cooked onions for the hot dogs are prepared onsite just before visitors arrive. Because of the rain and the fact that BCER 1304 has the roof covering off, we decided to keep it inside.

Waiting in the rain

Once we were ready of course thats when the rain started.

People inside the barn

It must have been the scent of the onions and hot dogs that brought them in, soon people were going through the barn and watching the movie, or other people.

a bit of rain never spoils a good hot dog

There are a few who seem to prefer the rain with their hot dogs.

This was a special day as we had two visitors:

SIRS BCER 1304 Plaque

SIRS BCER 1304 plaque ceremony

Dr. Peter Moogk, a Director with the Steveston Interurban Restoration Society (SIRS) came out with a special plaque to commemorate SIRS purchase of BCER 1304 and the return to Canada. This completes the hand-over of BCER 1304 to FVHRS as SIRS has disbanded. See this page for pictures.

Our second visitor also has a connection to Steveston, Mr. Ron Hyde, author of The Sockeye Special was on hand to see the current condition of BCER 1225 and to sign copies of his book.

Our last Open House at Sullivan is Sunday, June 17 - a special day to bring Dad out to ride on the speeder cart, walk through the two BCER Interurban cars, and enjoy a (hopefully) sunny day with the FVHRS.

AGM 2012

Saturday, April 20 at Hampton Inn, Langley Bypass, 12:30 registration, meeting starts at 1:00pm.

Volunteer (at) FVHRS.org We are preparing to start operations. If you want to be a part of this great ride of a lifetime, now is the time to get on board! Do you want to learn how to drive BCER 1225? Talk to the passengers and tell stories about 'the good old days' on the rails? Greet and guide passengers on board, or at the stations? We are looking for volunteers to come ride with us on weekends. Call 604 538 9611, or email to Volunteer(at)fvhrs.org [replace (at) with @ please] with your name and what you would like to do with us.

After the AGM...

A community event, The Spring Blast is coming up after the AGM on Saturday. Our 'house band' The Circle of Friends is holding a fundraiser at the Fleetwood Community Centre (15996 - 84th Ave. in Surrey at 7pm. Admission is $20 with proceeds supporting the Surrey Academy of Music. Consider dropping in for some good music after the AGM on Saturday. More information at the Circle of Friends website: COFband.com

AGM reminder

The FVHRS 2012 AGM is April 21. Please see the notice and proposed constitutional additions.

Construction update

Concrete pour - APril 12, 2012

April 12, The forms are prepared and the rebar has been placed. Now the concrete is arriving.

Rail Foundation in place, APril 5, 2012

April 6, The first pour of concrete is now hard enough to start formwork for the next layer. You can see the foundation for the rails in place with the foundation pads for the jacking points planned for BCER 1225 and BCER 1304.

Concrete base for rail and jack pads, April 5, 2012

Work continues with building up the base for the floor slab and placing the various runs for water, electrical distribution and venting pipes. Some of the piping is visible sticking up from the sand base layer. Compacting of the base is visible in the background. As you can see the usual amount of blue sky, just another great day in Cloverdale.

New form work, April 5, 2012

April 5, The new form work going on top of the foundation base will be for the grade beams that support the outside walls. The remaining vertical reinforcing and remaining formwork will be added next. Concrete pour will be next week after the reinforcing steel ("rebar") is in place.

Foundation Rebar placed March 23 March 23, Work continues with placement of foundation rebar and the underground connections to city services.

You may see the tall cranes used for pumping concrete in the next week. The foundation and main floor should be placed very soon and then move visible changes will take place as the walls start to take shape.

Connections to services are underground, March 23

The underground connections for city services (water, sewer) and the electrical/ telecommunications are being placed March 23.

Breaking News - Breaking Ground

March 19 Update

Site sign

We are underway! Construction is ramping up with form-work in place and concrete getting ready to pour. We would like to thank all the groups involved (please click on the Site Sign for a larger version of the list) in helping us get this far, and for the work planned over the next 22 weeks. Updates will be added each week.

Volunteers are needed for our Fall operations. Are you interested in becoming a Motorman (or woman)? Did you want to talk to the public and collect tickets as a Conductor? We are looking for people interested in those positions as well as Station managers, customer relations, and many other helpers who just like to be around trains and people. Contact us via email: volunteer (at) fvhrs.org. (Please remove the spaces and change the '(at)' to @ - our email system has been abused by robots sending unpleasant and unwanted spam.)

March 19, 2012 - concrete flooring form-work

March 19, 2012 - form-work for the rail bed supports in the car barn floor.

2012 March 15 - The City of Surrey provided the Building Permit, The Lark Group & RDM provided the manpower and construction has started on the Cloverdale Car Barn.

Start of Construction

We are underway with building our new home in Cloverdale. Construction is planned for 22 weeks with many opportunities to catch the building progress here as we follow the changes in Cloverdale. Check back as we update the images - about once a week.

AGM 2012

The 2012 Annual general Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 19500 Langley Bypass.

Registration starts at 12:30pm; Meeting is 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

Members are requested to bring their FVHRS Membership card in order to complete registration.

The Board of Directors will bring a motion to the meeting for an addition to the constitution of the society for the membership’s approval.

Please see the Notice of AGM and the Notice of Motion pages for the AGM 2012.

2011 Newsletter available online

Summer 2011 CoverMembers received the Summer 2011 newsletter by mail earlier this year. This version is now available on the FVHRS website with the features on the Fall 2010 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, news from the 2011 AGM, celebration of the Last Sullivan Open House and our annual Sponsor & Donor Salute. You will need the free Adobe PDF reader to view the issue.

IN this issue you will also find news about the new Cloverdale site, including the new car barn, future Cloverdale Station, news about the BCER 1225 trucks rehabilitation and a fond good-bye to the original Sullivan Station.

Celebrating 100 years of the Fraser Valley Line.

100 years of the BCER in the Fraser Valley

We are most pleased to bring you a Centenary Celebration of the B.C. Electric Railway Fraser Valley line. This publication looks at some of the events over the past 100 years on the BCER line, and a glimpse of what might be in the near future.

Written by Ray Hudson and Henry Ewert, this includes a few images rarely seen along with sections of the map of the BCER 1909-1950 created by David Reuss.

Our thanks to our partners and sponsors: Surrey Heritage Advisory Commission, SRY Rail Link, Buchanan Printing and The Leader.

Click here to download the PDF version of the Centenary Celebration of the BCER Fraser Valley line.

You will need the (free) Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the publication.

Recent work on BCER 1225

More Rehab work

Work on BCER 1225 continues in the car barn. the dedicated volunteers are very busy 3 days per week getting the car ready to run again. Having brought the car from its 50 year California vacation, there is a lot of wood that needs replacing to be able to function in the Wet Coast again. Some items have just not survived the 50 + years of use.

Restoration and rehabilitation from the floor up to the roof has been underway since the car arrived. The car has been raised up and the trucks removed for  refurbishing and cleaning. The trucks will be returning very soon, and then 1225 will look proper again.

Pictures of the restoration

10000 hours

BCER 1225 returned to Canada in 2005. See some of the work that had gone into the move and the effort in getting the car ready to run again on the Fraser Valley line.

Webshots linkSee more pictures of BCER 1225 rehabilitation on Webshots - taken by Vice Chair Bob Ashton.

Cloverdale construction update

14 Oct 2011 Breaking News:   The Board of Directors of the FVHRS are very pleased to announce that approval to start construction has been received from the City of Surrey. We expect the Building Permit to be issued shortly to be followed by construction and all the other activities that are needed to become the next operating railway in B.C.

Check back for more news, and photographs of activity in Cloverdale.

Site conditions April 29 - clearning

Aug. 2011 Work has started on the new home for the FHVRS. The City of Surrey has provided the society with property at 5554 176 Street, the site for a new 3-bay car barn and home for the BCER interurbans currently at the Sullivan Station car barn. {Click on the small pictures to see larger view.}

Removing organics and other unwanted items {Aug 4}

The site has undergone a complete change with old "organics" removed and a covering of structural fill ready for the construction of the new barn. Work was delayed for a short time to remove some unexpected surprises left underground, however all is now good to go on the site. Left-over construction items from a previous tenant have been removed by RDM to the various disposal locations.

Installing surface drainage

Part of the site preparation is to install site surface drainage and connect to the storm sewer system. As you can see, extensive infrastructure is needed to deal with the rains on the "Wet Coast" in B.C. Construction planning needs to include these hidden, but needed, systems to protect our rolling heritage cars.

Most of the site preparation work has been completed as of the end of August. The site is now ready for construction to start on the new car barn once the Building permit is issued by the City of Surrey and the official approval for construction has been given by city staff.

AGM 2011 Minutes

The minutes of the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the society are now available on the website. These are "Draft" minutes until approved at the next AGM.

At the 2011 AGM the minutes of the 2010 AGM were approved.

Work is underway at Cloverdale

June 2011;If you are in the Cloverdale area, and look South on  176th St. you will see piles of "dirt" on the new home of the FVHRS. The Lark Group has started the site preparation for the construction of the new FVHRS Car Barn.

There will be pictures of the construction when the barn itself is started. With this digging and piling, we are looking forward to the move from Sullivan to Cloverdale this Fall.

If you are around the site, please understand that as a working construction site you are not allowed to go inside the blue fence (except with proper clothing and boots, and safety training for this site).

Successful Fundraising - One Passenger at a Time

April 2011; The FVHRS is pleased to announce that our 2010 fundraising campaign One Passenger at a Time has been completed with the required funding obtained to connect to the mainline, secure power to run the restored BCER 1225 and to expand the car barn.

Our original intention was to connect to the mainline at Sullivan, however with the move to Cloverdale we will connect directly to the original Fraser Valley line that now remains as a spur off of the relocated mainline. We will be building a new, larger car barn at Cloverdale with room for BCER 1225, BCER 1304 and a new replica baggage car in the future. The Replica baggage car is not included in the funding for Cloverdale, but funds for a "Donkey" power cart are included in the budget. Using this generator set on a trailer, BCER 1225 will have power to move within the new Cloverdale compound, on the Cloverdale spur and on the SRY mainline.

We will now focus on the next projects that require new funds: A replica of the Cloverdale station, the replica Baggage car and funds to rehabilitate BCER 1304. The new property at 5554 176 St. in Cloverdale is directly across the railway right of way (RoW) from the site of the original Cloverdale station. This area was depicted in Brian Croft's 2010 Christmas card. We are working with members of the Cloverdale campus of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (FVHRS Corporate member) to reproduce the plans and then build a replica station close to the original site.

Now that we can generate power for BCER 1225 with the new Donkey, we can focus on our plans to acquire a replica 1700 series Baggage car. This Baggage car will house new generators to provide power for either BCER 1225 or BCER 1304 - which has different power requirements as it has larger motors. The replica Baggage car will also allow us to operate in the traditional train set that ran on the Fraser Valley line.

We have not forgotten BCER 1304, the only remaining "Chilliwack" car needs to be rehabilitated and, while not as old as BCER 1225 and in somewhat better shape when it arrived at the Sullivan barn, will need extensive work to be certified to run on the SRY mainline.

The new fundraising program is termed "Cloverdale to Sullivan" and targets $1.5 Million to achieve the three goals of: replica Cloverdale station; replica baggage car; restore BCER 1304. Please consider a donation to help us achieve these goals. A tax receipt will be issued for each donation and for each $50 donated you will receive a special souvenir ticket to ride from Cloverdale to Sullivan, return in 2012 or 2013.

City of Surrey Moves the FVHRS

January 2011; City of Surrey supports the FVHRS heritage rail project with an additional $2.9 million dollars. This investment by the city will make the FVHRS heritage rail operational as a demonstration project between Cloverdale and Sullivan.

City council has asked the FVHRS to fundraise for an additional $1.5 million to construct the Cloverdale Station, acquire the replica baggage car (to house the power generator) and to rehabilitate BCER 1304. The FVHRS will re-launch its one passenger at a time campaign to attract donations.

The City of Surrey approved the corporate report from staff to relocate the FVHRS operations from Sullivan park to Cloverdale. The move is supported by the city with the purchase of commercial property on 176 St to become the new home of the FVHRS car barns.

FVHRS Board and Volunteers at the new Cloverdale site. FVHRS Volunteers and Board members at the new Cloverdale site.

This move will enable the restored BCER 1225 interurban car to operate from Cloverdale to Sullivan as part of the Heritage Railway Demonstration Project (HRDP) as the proof-of-concept on the return of the passenger Interurban cars to the original Fraser Valley line of the B.C. Electric Railway. Working with SRY Raillink, the current owner of the line and also a corporate member of the FVHRS, we look forward to initial runs for the HRDP this October.

The City of Surrey is providing great support to the FVHRS with access to the existing spur line in Cloverdale – originally the main line for the BCER. We will also be working with B.C. Hydro ( the successor of the BCER) to complete the access to the line. Operation as a railway will be undertaken with the B.C. Safety Authority and Transport Canada.

Relocation to Cloverdale will require the building of a new 3-bay car barn, a workshop with storage area and a lunch room for the crews and staff. Expansion for the future is planned with an eye to work with the City of Surrey for future heritage streetcar access to downtown Cloverdale. The new barn will house the interubans currently at Sullivan, the power cart or ‘Donkey.' The current car barn in Sullivan will be turned over to the City of Surrey for other use.

Proposed site layout March 4 2011
Proposed layout for the Cloverdale site. (click to see larger version)

This major investment in heritage rail by the city of Surrey will enable the FVHRS to work toward our goal of providing Heritage Rail Tourism services along the interurban rail corridor through Surrey, from Cloverdale to Sullivan, Newton, Kennedy and the Scott Road – South Westminster area with connections to transit and Skytrain in the future. Cloverdale is the historic rail hub of Surrey with three major rail lines operating there in the 1900's, the 176 Street location of the new FVHRS car barn was on the historic Great Northern line.

Construction of the new car barn is planned to commence in May with completion during July 2011. Plans are underway to move from Sullivan and to relocate BCER 1225 and BCER 1304.

Open House 2011 UPDATED!

This year marks two major milestones for the FHVRS: 10 years as a society and the move to our new home in Cloverdale.

Because of the impending move, construction of the new car barn and the cleanup needed at Sullivan to turn over the barn to the city, we will not hold the monthly Open House events this year. We will have one very special Open House on June 5th.

UPDATE: a second open house has been added for Sunday July 10th. This will be the absolute final Open house event at Sullivan as we must pack up and move out on our way to Cloverdale.

The “Good bye to Sullivan” Open House on Sunday June 5th & July 10th, 2011 will be the only chance to ride on the speeder cart this year. As the speeder will change function when we move, we will not have the oval track for the speeder rides any more. If you have been waiting to ride on the oval speeder track, these are your last chances to come an experience the fun of old fashion rail travel – until we start operations with BCER 1225.

The Open House will run from Noon to 4pm, with live music from the Circle of Friends, showings of the Chilliwack Run- the last passenger run from Vancouver to Chilliwack, and hot dogs to accompany the chance to see the restored BCER 1225 and the only remaining Chilliwack car – BCER 1304

Annual General Meeting 2011

The 2011 FVHRS AGM will be held on April 30, at Hampton Inn, Langley bypass.

This meeting will elect  5 members to the Board of Directors, regular reports to members and presentation of the plans for the Cloverdale site.

Registration starts at 12:30 pm; meeting starts at 1:00pm.

Keynote presentations will be:

If you wish to stand for election to the Board of Directors, please contact Nomination Chair Robert Ashton:

 by fax at 604-591-8149 or
by e-mail at: rashton@dccnet.com or
by regular mail to: 7463 Barmston Pl, Delta, B.C. V4C 4M9.

Please include nomination form. Completed nomination forms can be faxed to 604-591-8149

Advisement of members seeking election to the Board of Directors must be received by Monday, April 18th, 2011 in order that ballots can be printed, if need be. Those seeking election will need to be nominated and seconded by completion of the attached Nomination Form.

 

Winter Newsletter available here

The Fall 2009/Winter 2010 newsletter is now available online. Members should have received their printed copy earlier this year in the mail. Our Volunteers are celebrated in this issue. Profiles on volunteers Ron Jones & John Welsh are part of the coverage of the annual Volunteer Dinner. Also included is a reprint of the late David Reuss article on BCER 1304 and the great fire of 1945.

Of special interest to many who attended the dinner was the gift of Christmas cards based on the painting A Christmas Reunion - 1914 by the artist, Brian Croft. This painting shows BCER 1304 at Jardine Station. You will have to see the newsletter for the whole story.

Open House - Sept 19 -

Cancelled

Sunday, Sept 19, 2010: Due to weather related issues caused by today's storm, the Open House is cancelled for Sunday, Sept 19.

We will look to reschedule the Open House for October, when we can have the Speeder running and our usual entertainment. Please check back here for news on the revised date.

100th Anniversary Excursion

Sept 2, 2010: Due to circumstances beyond our control the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society (FVHRS), SRY Rail Link and the West Coast Railway Association (WCRA) announces with regret that the 100th anniversary excursion rail trip from New Westminster to Chilliwack, planned for October 9th and 10th, has been postponed until a possible future date.

The partners involved, FVHRS, SRY Rail Link and the WCRA are committed to working toward a future excursion.

All FVHRS members and friends who have paid for tickets for the Oct 9th or 10th excursion will be receiving a refund.


AGM 2010

The draft minutes of the 2010 AGM are now available. (in .pdf format - you will need Adobe Acrobat reader to view) These will be reviewed and approved at the 2011 AGM. Please check back here for dates and location.

May 2010

Richmond Open Doors - Steveston

We were pleased to bring our collection of goodies and background to Steveston, Sat. May 1 and Sun May 2 for the annual Door Open event throughout Richmond. At Steveston Park, next to BCER 1220 we talked about the BCER and our efforts toward returning Interurban cars to the Fraser Valley line.

April 2010

AGM 2010

Brian Croft

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Sat, April 24. A wonderful turnout with guest speakers: Councilor Marvin Hunt with greeting from the City of Surrey, Mr. Douglas Parker speaking about operating the Edmonton Radial Railway Society, and our own Vice Chair Bob Ashton - with the annual works & accomplishments movie.

Many thanks to Brian Croft for the donation of his painting - A Christmas Reunion. The image of BCER 1304 at Jardine Station was won by Mr. Frank Horne, whom you can see pictured at the top of this page.

You can see the picture and more of Brian's work at his website.

2013 June 25