The Heritage Tram – Interesting possibilities for the Vancouver to Chilliwack Interurban

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Heritage streetcars, operating in museums, on their own trackage or running in scheduled  service, on existing transit routes, have proven to be extremely popular and operate in many cities around the world. A proven tourist generator, heritage streetcars and interurbans could expand Vancouver centric tourism up the Fraser Valley to Chilliwack.

There is plenty of scope for vintage streetcars or heritage interurbans to operate on part or the entire route of the reinstated Vancouver to Chilliwack interurban line.  With short branch lines for heritage tram only operation in Cloverdale, Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack, could also improve local service, with heritage trams providing revenue service. There is even a possibility of a destination tram museum located somewhere along the the old BCE  line, offering a variety of classic vintage trolleys on show or in operation.

The Valley Interurban offers not just regional passenger transportation but a vehicle that will enhance valley tourism, with an added quality attraction, something that SkyTrain and or RapidBus could never do.

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