The City of Vancouver considers the heritage interurban cars unsafe and the cost to upgrade and maintain the vehicles could be put towards other projects.
A memo posted to city councillor Geoff Meggs’ web site outlines numerous challenges in operating the historic interurbans — reliability, maintenance, lack of qualified volunteers and low passenger volume. One of the recommendations suggests placing car 1231 on display while repairing and returning car 1207 to its private owner.
During weekends of summers past, cars 1207 and 1231 could be seen riding the rails between Granville Island, the Olympic Village Canada Line station and, for a brief period, out to Science World. Volunteers from the Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) operated the interurbans while sharing stories of the cars’ history and routes.
The Downtown Historic Railway has been on hiatus since 2012 due to a lack of funding.
Photos of the Downtown Historic Railway are available on Gallery.
Tags1207, 1231, BCER, Downtown Historic Railway, Geoff Meggs, Granville Island, interurban, Local, streetcar, TRAMS, Vancouver
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