Downtown Historic Railway

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Ever notice how many old photos of cities have street cars in them? Where are all these street cars now? A few weeks back the Straight had an interesting article about role street cars played in early 20th century urban development. A freind of mine who worked for the city of Seattle explained to me how automobile and oil interests worked very hard to get cities to rip up the tracks and mothball street cars projects in favour of freeways and parking lots.

Well we’ve managed to keep a little piece of functional nostalgia here in Vancouver with an old street car that currently runs between Granville Island and Science World. Its fun in kind of a tourity way. But their website says that there are plans to extend this little train to Enlish Bay, Stanley Park and downtown, through Chinatown. Has anyone else heard of these plans?

3 Comments so far

  1. Mikey (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

    Woe betide them if they ever do. I live in False Creek, and my weekend is punctuated every 30 minutes by the incessant blast of the train whistle. If you happen to have your windows open, the sound is impossible to ignore (by design, of course).

    But it’s not just any old train whistle. It’s a pubertal train whistle, cracking and whining and changing pitch like I used to at the age of 15 (I bloomed late).

    So be prepared to enjoy the shrill sound of your weekend being ruined if the train expands into these areas.


  2. Flash (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 3:00 pm

    When I first saw that train in operation years ago, I wanted to know more about it and did a little reading (too long ago to remember if it was on the net or old fashion paper). I remember those expansion plans being in place back then, so I’m thinking the time line is pretty open.


  3. Dustin (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 2:06 am

    I talked with some conductor guys at the train one day while passing it by. One of the guys had the most amazing olde-tyme mustache I have ever seen. It was awesome!



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