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Ride The Rails On Surrey’s Heritage Interurban Train Car

posted by: Comfort Inn & Suites Surrey on: August 12, 2015


Think back to when railway travel was the best way to get around; when a snappily-dressed conductor punched your paper ticket and riders listened to the clicks and clanks as their railcar rode the tracks. If you’re one of the many visitors to Surrey, you have a unique chance to catch a glimpse at what this area was like one hundred years ago.
 
From 1891 to the late 1950s, B.C. Electric Rail ruled public transportation in the Lower Mainland, running the Interurban line through Vancouver to New Westminster, and later, all the way out to Chilliwack. The last train pulled into the Marpole Station in the early morning hour of Feb. 28, 1958 to make way for the increasingly popular automobile.
 
Fast forward almost 60 years and the old Interurban is seeing a rebirth. One of the railway’s original rail cars - Car #1255 - was rescued from the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, California, to be completely refurbished down to its red and cream colours and upholstery. The major restoration took 20,000 man hours over four years, but it was well worth it.
 
The beloved Car #1255 is back on the tracks for a fascinating tour back in time. The heritage train tour begins at the Cloverdale Heritage Station, specially constructed to replicate the original red-and-white wood structure. The hour-long round-trip ride takes you to Sullivan Station and back. Trains run five times a day on Saturday and Sunday only, running a round trip back to Cloverdale Station that takes about an hour. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 12 and under.
 
The Interurban Cloverdale Station is 10 minutes by car or about 25 minutes by city bus from the Comfort Inn & Suites Surrey, which features an onsite restaurant and pub to fill your belly after your trip back in time. Book your stay online today!
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