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Surrey - August 2000
   

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Surrey, B.C. — Another Heritage Trolley

Rail Transit Online, August 2000

A second historic streetcar line should soon be under construction in the Vancouver area following approval of financing by the Mayor and Council of the City of Surrey.  In a rare unanimous vote on July 24, the politicians agreed to help resurrect about 1.5-miles of the former BC Electric Railway’s Chilliwack line between Cloverdale and Sullivan.  Public funding will be added to over C$50,000 in donations that have been received over the past few years.  An agreement for operation of the Surrey Heritage Trolley has been reached with BC Hydro, which owns the right-of-way, and with the BC Southern Railway, which owns the rails.  Funding is available for initial operating costs and to acquire rolling stock, including ex-BCER No. 1220, which is being restored by the Steveston Interurban Restoration Society.  Donations of a carbarn and replica stations have been offered by local businesses, leaving only the purchase of a substation and installation of trolley wire still to be arranged.  Volunteers may be used for the latter task, although a professional operating manager is expected to be hired.  There’s no firm estimate on when the line will open, but there’s already talk of eventually extending it to the Scott Road SkyTrain Station.

 

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