The Fraser Valley Heritage Rail Society (FVHRS) has operated out of Sullivan Station in Surrey for over 10 years. In addition to trying to spark some life into the idea of resurrecting the old interurban rail system as part of the valley transit system, they’ve been restoring some of the original rail cars, last used on commercial runs from Vancouver to Chilliwack, BC.
They have two cars on site right now, the 1304 and 1301 1225. It’s interesting to walk through them and see the old interiors. Posters hailing the King, old product ads, delineated smoking areas, window shades to keep out the sun and more. Cool stuff if you get a chance to visit. They also have a sister organization in Vancouver, that has an interurban car on a short run near Granville Island. Worth a visit for a flash back to simpler times.
Those cars, and the all of the restoration equipment at Sullivan will be moving to a new site in Cloverdale this summer. They held a final open house on July 10 to mark the occasion.
When completed, they hope to have a new station, larger restoration barns, access to some track, power to drive the cars, and to use the whole shebang to contribute to local tourism. It will be an interesting ride.