Distance From Vancouver:
About 85 km via Highway 1 West and
Highway 99 North, then, as you are driving on
Highway 99 North through Squamish, follow signs from Highway 99 for 4 km after
turning left onto Industrial Way.
interesting railway artefacts, old photos.
Of note: $10 admission fee for adults,
industrial working area next to some exhibits.
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We were en route to watch the eagles in
Brackendale, when a sign on Highway 99 pointed in the direction of the
Railway Heritage Park. So, off we went and spent quality time exploring
nicely restored train cars with numerous artefacts and old photos
1. We are on Highway 99
North in Squamish, getting ready to turn left onto Industrial Way.
Highway 99 British Columbia Canada in Squamish
2. A few more turns (the
signs will guide you), and four kilometers later you are at the entrance
to Railway Heritage Park.
Intersection of Highway 99 and Industrial Way Squamish BC Canada
3. If the place is
closed, or you have to choose between seeing the exhibits or having a
meal today, then this train outside the main gate is still yours to
Railway Heritage Park Entrance Squamish British Columbia Canada
4. Before going inside, read the rules of engagement.
Railway Heritage Park Rules Squamish British Columbia Canada
5. Here is the building hosting the cashier and the
Railway Heritage Park Main Building Squamish BC
6. Inside the building.
Railway Heritage Park gift shop
7. Admissions price info. There is a mini-train
your kids can ride, if it is in service.
Railway Heritage Park Admissions Price
8. A neat painting inside the building.
Train painting inside the main building of Railway Heritage Park
9. Outside, there is a photo-op for the ladies.
Photo-op cutout Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia Canada
10. Once you get to the exhibit area, you can use a
map of the place (a cashier gives it to you) to choose where to go. There are three tracks on which
various cars with exhibits are located. Some cars are under renovation.
Railway Heritage Park Squamish BC
11. First, we visited a mail car. Mail to various
locations would be picked up and then sorted out inside the train as it
Mail Car inside Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia Canada
12. Here is an old photo of the train mail workers
sorting the mail out.
Old photo of a train mail car
13. This is the inside of "Cowichan River" CPR Coach.
A bunch of lanterns and photos on the left. A conductor's table is seen
on the right.
Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia Canada
14. This trainman has at least 15 years of service, as
indicated by 3 silver bars on his sleeve cuff.
Trainman at the Railway Heritage Park Squamish BC Canada
15. In the CPR Coach "Kootenay River" we found
16. In the P.G.E. 1817 car we
see a caboose, which is a cafeteria on wheels attached to trains to feed
the train crews.
Train crew caboose Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia
. Consuming a meal is a
Train crew caboose scene
. Next is P.G.E. 1821 car,
full of useful safety messages.
Train safety poster Railway Heritage Park Squamish British Columbia
. One of my favourites - a
snow plow. Inside you can read a story about one plowing expedition,
where the plow had to pull back, gain speed, and then hit a large pile
of snow on the track. As that pile was next to a settlement, the
residents were warned to stay away. Yet, one boy was reported missing
after the plow hit the pile of snow. A search party found the boy buried
in the snow, alive and well. A man with a broken leg was also found
buried in the snow, and it was noted that was it not for the boy being
missed and looked for, the man most likely would not have been found,
and might have frozen to death.
Train snow plow Railway Heritage Park Squamish BC
20. Having explored the train
cars on all three tracks, you can proceed into a large hangar, where you
find a restored train car used by executives, and also a restored train
car used to ferry immigrants from their ports of arrival to various
Immigration by train poster Railway Heritage Park Squamish British
21. Spartan conditions inside
the immigrant train car.
Canadian immigrant train car Railway Heritage Park Squamish British