Time-line – Miniature Railroad

Our 10th anniversary is September 2021!

Timeline

2011

Dan Parsons encouraged the Forestry Heritage Society to provide a railroad at the exhibition grounds to help out Fall Fair, and to measure community interest for us to build a permanent full railroad. We began by building a 220′ oval loop, 60′ in diameter and borrowed Dan’s train to provide the rides. It was a big hit, so we continued.

With a generous donation of $5,000 from Gerri Parsons, we acquired a used railroad from a hobbyist in Nanaimo. It took a great deal of renovation during the winter/spring to be ready for 2012 operation.

2012

We expanded the track towards the Quanset huts to create a Y turnaround and a tent station near the Farmers Market

In 2012, public rides were provided on July 1 and BC Day in August using the 220′ loop, and then we opened for Fall Fair with the 600′ track using the Y and the tent-station near the Market.

2013

With a train and 600′ of track available, we began our first year of regular two-hour Sunday operation from April 28 through Fall Fair Sep 19/20, 2013. Our development projects included building two hand cars to replace the borrowed ones, and building the ride-through shed.

For Fall Fair 2013 we enjoyed a visit from the Burnaby club with two trains added to our own for the riding public. 9 minute video here

2014

In 2014 we upgraded our rolling stock and facilities, building a third ride-astride car, a wheelchair car, caboose upgrades, a shed extension to hold the hydraulic lift, some farm models, and a steam bay.

At the 2014 fall fair we introduced the wheelchair car and enjoyed some cowboy hijnks.

2015

In 2015 we built two more hand cars and added switch control stands.

After a busy season April through Fall Fair, we introduced our first Santa Train, Friday and Saturday in early December 2015.

2016

In 2016 we expanded the track around the hay field, and built a tunnel.

2017

We started the trestle which enabled us to have the outer loop at the west end.

2018

We completed the trestle. Leif Bjornson built detail onto the bridge.

We built an over-track station in time for Halloween..

2019

We needed another shed to hold our additional equipment. Dave Banks led a team to build our shed which includes two additional booths for the Farmers Market.

In 2019, we also expanded the track to complete a figure 8 using our original interior loop, and added a fence to the trestle.

2020

With Covid restrictions, we didn’t open for the public, and completed a few maintenance tasks with small physical-distanced work parties.

2021

We hope we can open later in the year