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10 The Cloverdale Reporter Thursday, June 20, 2013

Noon on Saturday, June 22nd, we will be joined by Mayor Dianne Watts: Surrey Councilors; Mr. Frank Butzelaar, President of SRY Raillink; Mr. Steven Higginbottom, Public Affairs Coordinator BC Hydro; MLA Stephanie Cadieux and many others to officially open the Replica Cloverdale Station and inaugurate operations of the Heritage Rail Demonstration Project with Car 1225.

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 which we will be offering free rides along the spur, for those in attendance.

Come for a ride on our first full day of operations, running from Cloverdale Station to Sullivan and return. The Station will open at 9:30am with the first train departing at 10:00am, on the hour until the last train at 3:00pm. 1-4 pm meet many historical characters from Surrey’s past. The Surrey Heritage Re-enactors will

represent 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.

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The following is a time- March 2012 line of recent milestones The City of Surrey issues a along the journey to the building permit, allowing The Group and RDM to begin Fraser Valley Heritage Lark construction on the Cloverdale Railway Society’s launch Car Barn. of the heritage rail demMay 2012 onstration project. The walls go up at the car barn.

April 2009

BCER 1304, the Royal car “Connaught,” returned to Canada in April, 2009, landing at Sullivan Station. BCER 1304 was built in New Westminster in 1911, and caught fire near Cloverdale in 1945, and was nearly completely rebuilt in ‘46. She returned to service, making one last run to Chilliwack in 1955. Restoration efforts are still underway in 2013.

July 2012 The addition of green vinyl siding

December 2012 The walls go up on the heritage rail station, and the roof trusses are in place by the end of the year. Meanwhile, a campaign for sponsors to contribute material, labour and cash for Cloverdale Station is in full swing, as well as a volunteer drive.

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Original British Columbia Electric Railway Station in Cloverdale, 1911. 205.03B

BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

Larry Perkins screws in doorsill plates on BCER 1225 at the Sullivan Car Barn in August 2010.

January 2013

means the exterior is mostly com- Roofing is completed, shingles are plete, while work continues inside. installed, and concrete flooring is poured indoors.

August 2012

February 2013

BCER cars 1225 and 1304, plus the Clover Belle trolley, are lifted, BCER 1225 takes its maiden trip and loaded onto transport trucks out of the Cloverdale car barn along a spur line. for the move to Cloverdale.

March 2013

October 2012

FVHRS hosts its first open house at the Cloverdale car barn, welWork is underway at the new home coming hundreds of visitors to its in Cloverdale of the Fraser Valley new digs. Heritage Railway Society, in anticipation of a move from Sullivan Construction begins on the replica in the fall. The project suffers a delay when unexpected organics Cloverdale Station at the foot of are discovered on the site, result- 176A Street, just south of Hwy 10, and only steps from where ing in soil remediation before it the original B.C. Electric Railway can go ahead. station stood.

June 2011

November, 2012

August, 2011

Surface drainage is installed on the site, a job that requires extensive infrastructure.

BCER 1304 (seen in 2009) was built in New Westminster in 1911, and caught fire near Cloverdale in 1945, and was nearly completely rebuilt in ‘46. She returned to service, making one last run to Chilliwack in 1955.

Paint, siding and other trimmings spruce up Cloverdale Station, nearing completion. The historical accuracy is in keeping with the original station, down to the little details, such as the non-functioning woodstove and chimneys.

BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER

Welder Wayne Abbott grinds an iron support under the side steps of car 1225 at the Sullivan Car Barn.

April 2013 Car 1225 pulls into Cloverdale Station for the first time.

June 2013

BCER 1304, the Royal car “Connaught,” returned to Canada in April, 2009, landing at Sullivan Station.

BCER 1225 makes its first trip to Sullivan Station on the original Interurban line through Surrey on BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER June 9 as part of training for the Frank Horne (in black) chats with visitor Len Dixon during a volunteers who will operate week- Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society open house at Sullivan Station in 2010. end passenger service, launching June 23.

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Car 1304 in December 2010. It’s still undergoing restoration efforts, thanks to volunteers.

PAUL JUBENVILL PHOTO

Preparing the site of the new Cloverdale Car Barn in August 2011.

Robert Ashton at an open house at the Sullivan Station car barn in August 2010.

Hundreds of visitors came for a visit at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society held their official launch of the Cloverdale Car Barn in October 2012.

EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

Car 1225 in the Cloverdale car barn.

Construction begins on the car barn in March 2012.

Concept drawing of the replica Cloverdale Station.

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Frank Horne was a BC Electric Railway motorman from 1946-1951.

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Car 1225 in the Sullivan Car barn in December 2010. PAUL JUBENVILL PHOTO

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Carpenter Cole Hilton cuts a section of flooring down to size as he works on some of the finishing touches at Cloverdale Station in March 2013.

FVHRS secretary Allen Aubert seen through the windows of restored car 1225 as she pulls into Cloverdale Station during a training run in April 2013.

EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

Car 1225 takes its maiden trip out of the Cloverdale car barn in February 2013.

Terry Nichols is training conductor for the operational side of the society’s plans to offer weekend passenger service from Cloverdale to Sullivan, starting June 23.

EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

Railcar operator Terry Nichols pulls the train whistle during the maiden trip.

Volunteers pose for a lunch break photo op in December 2012.

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Vintage paint colours have been chosen for the interior and exterior of replica Cloverdale Station.

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Harry Taylor, recent volunteer, and Rob Farmer, one of the operators, test out the new electric lift.

EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

The shingles are installed at replica Cloverdale Station in early February, 2013.

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Interior of the restored 1225 during its first trip out on the tracks in Cloverdale.

The historical accuracy is in keeping with the original station, down to the little details.

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Paint, siding and other trimmings spruce up Cloverdale Station, nearing completion in March 2013.

Peter Finch at the controls of restored Interurban car 1225 as it heads west on a spur line to Cloverdale Station on April 3, 2013.

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Bringing Surrey’s True Stories to Life Join The Re-enactors heritage re-enactment troupe for live, interactive and fun performances this summer! HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP! Saturday, June 22 1:00pm–4:00pm Doors Open, City Centre Library Join us for performances every 15 minutes.

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