Selected References

A starting point for references on BCER and other trains in the Fraser Valley

Online sources in the area

City of Surrey Archives

Township of Langley: salishan Place by the River archives

City of Burnaby archives

City of Richmond archives

City of New Westminster archives

City of Vancouver Archives

UBC Library Archives

Selected Books

This is not an exhaustive list, there are many more book on the subject. If you feel there is a work that should be added to this list, please contact

Please note: this list may reference books that are no longer in print; you may not be able to purchase them.  Many should be in local libraries.

Friends of Interurban 1223, Tram Memories in celebration of the restoration of Interurban 1223, City of Burnaby, 2007

Heather Conn, Henry Ewert,Vancouver’s Glory Years: Public transit 1890 -1915, Whitecap Books, 2003

Chuck Davis, The Greater Vancouver book  – an urban encyclopedia, Linkman Press,  1997

Henry Ewert, The story of the BC Electric Railway Company,  Whitecap Books, 1986

Derek Hayes, Iron Road West An illustrated history of British Columbia’s Railways, Harbour Publishing, 2018

Derek Hayes, British Columbia – A new Historical Atlas, Douglas & McIntyre, 2012

Derek Hayes, Historical Atlas of Vancouver and the lower Fraser Valley, Douglas & McIntyre, 2005

Derek Hayes, Incredible Crossings: the history and art of the bridges, tunnels and inland ferries that connect British Columbia, Harbour Publishing, 2022

Ron Hyde, The Sockeye Special: The story of the Steveston tram and early Lulu Island, (self published), 2011

Ron L. Jones, Railway Nation: tales of the Canadian Pacific – the world’s greatest travel system, Heritage House, 2020

Michael Kluckner,Vancouver: the way it was,Whitecap Books, 1984

Barrie Sanford, Railway by the Bay 100 years of trains at White Rock, Crescent Beach and Ocean Park, National Railway Historical Society – BC Chapter, 2009

Barrie Sanford, The pictorial history of railroading in British Columbia, Whitecap Books, 1981

Fred Thirkell & Bob Scullion, Frank Gowen’s Vancouver 1914 – 1931, Heritage House publishing,  2001

Fred Thirkell & Bob Scullion,British Columbia 100 years ago: portraits of a province, Heritage House publishing,  2002

K. Jane Watt, Surrey A city of stories,  City of Surrey, 2017