Model Building

We have some exciting projects happening on the railroad and other forestry heritage locations.

We welcome new participants!

Possible volunteer? Info sessions each Sunday, 12:15 to 12:30 and 2:30 to 3 pm

Read more here

Railroad Wood Ties

Plastic ties became too expensive, so, we are back to wood ties for now. Bob cut and donated some 2x2s, and Dan cut up leftover log ends from the Anderson sled project into 2x2s. Then we re-sawed into ties. Dan and Scott cut 120 more a few days later. About 300 now stored in the old shed rafters. More to go – Dan needs his ATV Trailor back, and 2x2s for another few hundred are stored there.

“Bear Creek” photo near Powell River?

Andrew Martin scanned this lantern slide photo, marked “Edward Bros., Bear Creek”, along with a Sliammon photo (shown below the “continue reading”) and wondered if there is a closer “Bear Creek” to Powell River than the ones north of Comox, near Port Alberni, northeast of Port Renfrew, or north of Sprout Lake. Does anyone recognize which “Bear Creek” logging show this photo of a Baldwin locomotive might have come from?

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2023 Season Opening May 7

We’re glad the spring weather is here, and the Paradise Valley Railroad looks forward to resuming regular Sunday operations beginning May 7 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm beside the Farmers Market at 4365 McLeod Road.  

Come for a ride on the train or on hand cars! Prices are the same as last year, $2 per ride, except May 14 when Mothers ride free! 

Anyone considering joining the volunteer railroad crew is invited to an information session to be held at the train station at 2:15 pm Sunday, May 7.


After 100 years of involvement by volunteers maintaining the historic Willingdon Beach Trail, the Forestry Heritage Society, the maintainer for the past 37 years, turned over its few remaining trail maintenance tasks to the City shortly before the trail re-opened late in 2022, following the installation of the wastewater treatment pipe down the centre of the trail.

Fall Fair, Sep 24-25, 2022

We introduced a new car at the Fall Fair; an easy-access car for folks having trouble mounting the ride-astride cars. Thanks to Kiwanis Powell River for sponsoring our fabrication of this car.

Our Raffle winner for 2022 drawn was Suzanne Goulet of Montreal. The $2,000 funds generated paid for our insurance bill!

Tickets were $5 each, or 5 for $20, and could be purchased at Tug Ghum Gallery in Lund or at the Railroad on Sundays.

What fun to have the Pipe Band on board!

Some other photos of the railroad during the Fall Fair 2022.

We updated our website that shows all our current rolling stock.

We are lucky to have our chief engineer Dan Parsons bring his various steam trains to the PVR. For Fall Fair 2022 he brought his 1/8 scale Shay steam train “ALBERNI PACIFIC #8”, seen in this 8-minute video.

Work Parties

PRFHS Projects

TaskThe WorkStatus, next steps,
Top PriorityOrganize the donkey skids, Electrical parts for the shedDan Dave
Operations – EventsSundays 12:30 – 2:30, Apr 24 through Sep 25
Next work party: Tues April 26, 6:30
Fathers Day June 19 with Car Club; Fall Fair Sep 23-25 Ghost train Oct 29, 30; Santa train 2 weekends
On track for opening.
Semi-handicap car, shed shelving, look at Controller Geoff leading June 19 event Market/car club supportive Fall Fair date decided
Santa Dec 10, 11, 17, 18?
Top-priority Maintenance

Track: more test and level; adjust some switch springs Repair: Water wheel balance. Loco: Fix headlight wiring (erratic ground return), Tender: Install switch with led glow light to disconnect battery to avoid accidental discharge All car wheels: Inspect for status, repair or replace as needed (some can be smoothed on the lathe, some by machining/replacing the “Tire” Handicap car: consider larger wheels to improve stability Visible Numbers on the rolling stockLoco oil was changed, drive puck ok,

Dan replaced the Tender compressor switch RMI in Ventura CA has wheels

frequent derails, particularly when not fully loaded
House numbers on loco and cars
Donkey #1619 projectBuild the sled, plan frame/sled integration, plan move, get siting approval, paint/restore as needed, arrange transport equipment, move/install it, make interpretive signsSiting: FAI/PEPS have approved: site near track

Sled: Dan contacting potential chainsaw crew (hoping either Russ Parsons or Julian Welp will lead
Shed; Electricity (lighting, wall plugs, eLoco charging) Wall shelves 3/4 ply;12” x 25’, white 12×16 L-bracketsFrom Juhli: FAI is bringing power to one plug in the shed. Our job: Ditch digging plus Interior shed work only.Plan prepared. LED lights nearly $300; Flourescent half that. Which way?
Shelving material on site
New semi-handicap carBuild frame and superstructure, install braking-trucks, extend the air-compressor lines, make Kiwanis recognition signs.Next work: Tues April 26, 6:30
Backup Locomotive: Interim – going electric, so shed electricity a priority
Final – our own electric loco

borrowing Dan’s ride-on powered ride-car. Using 4qd Pro-D160 Controller Need two new big batteries – Need two powered trucks, then – Build an 8’ powered flatcar that can eventually become a steam-outline Climax locomotive. – Will use 4qd controller and batteries from the interim; then need a soundcard; and build superstructureController Arrived April 18 Pair of Interstates approx $400
RMI: TRUCK-486, Equalized Truck, 12″ Wheel Base, 5.7″ sprocket Wheels, 1 Hydraulic Motor 2x$1700= $3,400
Add passenger car for when using two locosLow priority – finish semi-handicap braking car and 2nd loco projects – would need to do Lean-to project
More Plastic Ties for track repairs and later expansionOrder and have shipped to Blaine pickup point and then get volunteer to pick up and deliver to PR.Have quote $995US for 864 ties from Allen Models of Nevada and $620US from for shipping to Blaine. (pallet holds 9 @48 tie boxes per layer. Dan may buy part of order)
Solid surface in station to avoid gravel kicked onto rails. 30’ long’ 3’ between tracks, 12-18’ ouside tracksCould be a pour, or patio stones, or patio pvc product Stones: 150 sq.ft. X $5/sqft = $750Discussed Arpil 12 decided too big a project to do it right; will await to when ties need replacing
Add to Model environment, eg water towerAny models welcome to enhance visual aspect of our ride.Leif planning to continue water tower development to make it functional.
Narrow Lean-to on the north side of the old shed, for a loco and cars.New shed becoming full, and need more room when we have more rolling stock. Would connect to the hand-car track near the station.Only when needed
Gutters for the Station, funnel the water into Leif’s water towerDo a Plan, procure gutters, installNead a Lead
Extended trackThe “Gisborne loop” – from our oldest loop over to near Myrtle Road, through the trees, then back through the grove to our oldest loop.Low priority
Garden railroad for hobbyists and public to enjoyFull project from scratch; Develop a plan; get permission to use proposed site (grove NW of the Banks shed); procure track, prepare the groundNeed a Lead.
Should buy some track now for the diplays in the Quanset at Santa train

TaskThe WorkStatus, next steps,
Repair Donkey SignRestore the 3rd panel to the Donkey info. Assess damage, weld as needed, replace lexan?, installBroken sign is at Dan Parson’s shop. Assess/plan. Need access to the trail (Sewer project)
Replace rotten deck boards on the DonkeyMeasure, plan, Get 3” lumber and fasteners, install
Repair a few interpretive signs.
Artifact signs only; leaving the nature ones for the city to take the leadHave a list of the signs
Painting and sign repairs.
Choose an artifact and clean/paint it.
Repair the worst of the artiifact signs
Need a lead for a painting project and
Sign repair

Restore passenger car by Apr 24Get bearings, re-assemble trucks, move to parkDone April 12; moved back to park

Forest History Presentation at the Museum

Dave Florence presented “qathet Region Forest History, an overview” at the qathet Museum and Archives’ Spring 2022 Speakers Series on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 6:30 pm.
It consisted of a heavily illustrated set of 118 slides, and took about 70 minutes followed by a question and answer session.

A Youtube zoom recording of the session is here (1 hour 23 minutes)

A .pdf version of the slides is here.

A few of the slides follow below.

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10th Anniversary – Sunday – Sep 19, 2021

We introduced this photo display of our first ten years. See each panel here.

We were delighted to enjoy viewing fourteen cars from the Vintage Car Club who visited. Photos here.

We did the Raffle draw: the winner of the Debra Bevaart Sealhead carving was Lynne Andrews of Surrey

Thank you to everyone who participated. More details here.

Photos of the day by Phil Kemp below

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Seal Head Raffle

We did the Raffle draw Sep 19: the winner of the Debra Bevaart Sealhead carving was Lynne Andrews of Surrey.

To help cover our insurance costs in a no-revenue Covid year, we did a raffle.

For 2021 we were pleased to continue our partnership with Debra Bevaart at Tug Ghum Gallery in Lund.

Tickets were $5 each, or 5 for $20, at Tug Ghum Gallery or from members.

Thank you to everyone who participated. More details here.