Experience a Part of Our Rich History

May 13, 2020 – news update

 Like others, we are adjusting to the evolving world and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the impending move to Phase 2 of the BC Restart program next week, the FVHRS Board of Directors met today and will hold regular updates over the next few weeks. These meetings are to evaluate the changes and consider our own restart process. As a 100% Volunteer run society we are also very aware that the majority of our Volunteers are seniors who belong to the highest risk group for COVID-19.

Our discussions are focused on what safety changes are needed to meet two very important criteria:

  • What will provide a safe environment for our Volunteers
  • What will provide a safe environment for our Visitors.

The FVHRS Board of Directors has made the following changes to our 2020 schedule:

  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM 2020) for the society has been postponed from mid-April to Saturday October 17 2020. This is currently planned to take place at the Valley View Reception Centre in Surrey at 1pm. We will also consider virtual (on-line) and other methods for conducting this meeting.

The Agenda and other AGM materials will be sent to members 14 days prior to the meeting.

  • The 2020 season start date remains fluid and dependent on a detailed review of how new protocols can be successfully created to address issues such as social distancing and meeting various COVID-19 health department mitigation suggestions and requirements.
    We expect to determine whether a season start date is possible in the next few weeks.
  • Our annual Volunteer Fair has been cancelled for this year.
  • The Volunteer Orientation has been cancelled for this year.

Our regular weekly restoration and maintenance activities were paused for a number of weeks, and are re-starting with some changes in the Frank Horne Heritage Rail Discovery Centre.

We will be monitoring the situation and adjusting as conditions warrant.

Our EventBrite on-line booking system will be updated when we have a new opening date so you may book ahead for your journey in time on Surrey’s Heritage Railway.

We value the passion and effort of all our volunteers who strive to present this working example of life with the B.C.  Electric Railway in the Fraser Valley.

Check back on this website for any updates on the return of BCER 1225 and BCER 1304 Connaught.

Cloverdale substation

BCER power substation, Cloverdale
Surrey Archives collection

So Much to See and Do

Experience history first-hand in our interactive exhibits.

Rumble The Speeder

Experience The Simulator

Hours of Operation

We are open 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday,

Opening for 2020 to be determined, through to the end of Sunday Oct 4th 2020.
– FIRST TRAM: 10AM, SECOND TRAM: 11:15AM, THIRD TRAM: 12:30PM, FOURTH TRAM: 1:45PM, LAST TRAM: 3PM –
Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time. Trams start boarding 10 minutes prior to departure.

Plan Your Visit

Our neighbourhood is rich with places to explore. Why not make a half-day of it? Check out some of our favourite neighbours and experience everything that historic Cloverdale has to offer.

NEW: The Wildflower Meadow

What’s new at the railway? Come and check out our new Wildflower Meadow, designed in partnership with the Honeybee Centre. This amazing exhibit is eco-friendly and reflective of a simpler time. Click Here to Learn More.

“Wildflower meadows were once common in the UK, but have mostly been lost due to agricultural intensification since the 1940’s. Although these habitats have been lost forever, existing grassland can be managed to improve its species diversity and new wildflower areas, which have much in common with traditional meadows, can be created.”

-sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk

“Loved it! We had such a great time, the trains are beautiful and you can see the pride they take in their restoration. We will be back soon!”

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Photo 277/365: Urban landscape.
Went for a ride on Surrey's heritage rail today. Passed some railroad graffiti.
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A morning at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway. This rail car was originally built in 1912 and now restored and running. What I found fascinating was that it is powered by and electric generator. Love that feeling of nostalgia. #railcar #railway #cloverdalebc #restoredcar #nostalgic #nostalgia #explorebc #travelbc #daytrips #vancouverdaytrip #beautifulbritishcolumbia #canada #fraservalleyheritagerailway ...

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This rail car at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society will be raised for the next 12 - 24 months while the motor and other technical parts are restored to working order.

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Photo 282/365: Two random objects: phone + rope.
Old time phone and rope on display at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society car barn.
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Inter urban Car 1225
So wrapping up the row with my ride on car 1225. As soon as I stepped into the car memories of riding another old rail car with similar seats Cam’s back - the train from Lac du Bonnett to Point du Bois in Manitoba.

Car 1226 worked in Vancouver, Steveston and Burnaby from 1913 until February 28, 1958. The car ended up as part of the Orange Empire Railway Museum (OERM) in Perris California. It was returned to Vancouver and now runs on weekends in the summer.
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Fraser Valley Heritage Rail director Allen Aubert reminds me to include the FVHR bee project in my next column. His promo worked! It's included! The society has wildflowers, bee hives and interurbans zipping around the car barn and heritage station in Cloverdale, BC. #travelinspiration #travelbc #travellingtimes #beesandtrains #SurreyBC #beesee #cloverdale #railguys #railsociety #railvolunteers #beepromo #surreyheritagerailway #fraservalleyheritagerailway #fraservalleyheritagerailwaysociety ...

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Photo 278/365: Group photo.
My family enjoying a visit to the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway.
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All aboard!  If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity, consider taking a ride on The Fraser Valley Heritage Railway.  All trains depart from the Cloverdale Station (Hwy 10 & 176A St) on Saturday and Sunday. The route goes from Cloverdale to Sullivan Station returns to Cloverdale.  While you’re there, be sure to check out honeybeecentre bee hotel that is helping make the beautiful meadow bloom with their hard working pollinators. 📸: honeybeecentre ...

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Pumpkin field as seen through a rainy train window #fraservalleyheritagerailway #fvhrs #fvheritagerail #trainintherain #historical #bcer1225 #sundayafternoontrainride #refreshingrain #pluviophile #pumpkins #itmustbeautumn ...

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Here's the Cloverdale Station where you catch the rail car. It's a nice relaxing 55 minutes ride round trip. #fraservalleyheritagerailway #cloverdalebc #station #nostalgia #nostalgic #explorebc #travelbc #daytrip #canada🇨🇦 ...

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Old ass passenger train. #fraservalleyheritagerailwaysociety ...

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Out for a Fall Spin. #SurreyBC #CityofSurrey #TrueSurrey #Cloverdale #fvhrs #FraserValley #FraserValleyHeritageRailway #trains_worldwide #thecanadiancollective #explorebc #exploreCanada #imagesofcanada #ilovebc ...

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Rail car barn. This is where they restore the rail cars. They're currently restoring 2 rail cars. If they had rail cars in my area, I would probably give up my car and ride public transit most of the time. #carbarn #cloverdalebc #canada🇨🇦 #daytrip #travelbc #explorebc #fraservalleyheritagerailway ...

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Old adverts from the bc electric rail.#fraservalleyheritagerailwaysociety ...

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The Westminster railcar number 1225 of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society built in 1912. #fraservalleyheritagerailway #fvhrs #cloverdalebc #surreybc #explorebc #beautifulbritishcolumbia ...

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Car 1304 #fraservalleyheritagerailwaysociety #builtinstlouis #usedinbc #okeefes ...

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rscrowson and I spent the morning delivering little ‘kiss’mas thank yous to volunteers in our community kindred_farm salvationarmycanada innforwomen bcspca pahospicesociety sourcesbc self_advocates_of_semiahmoo peacearchfoundation alexandraneighbourhood royalcanadianlegion 240 fraservalleyheritagerail #fvhrs thetimesofcanada ...

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Spent a lovely morning with the volunteers at the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society last week. Nickel Bros raises the trains here to allow access to restore undercarriage parts like the motors and wheel assemblies. If you haven't paid this site a visit, make sure it's on your summer to-do list!
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We Are 100% Volunteer Run

We are always looking for volunteers to help support the activities and operations of the society. You don’t need to be an engineer to get involved!