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REVELSTOKE HERITAGE RAILWAY SOCIETY PUBLISHES NEW BOOK

 

November 4, 2021

The Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society is pleased to announce that it has recently published Volume 5 of its popular series “Canadian Pacific Railway on the Revelstoke Division” by long-time volunteer Doug Mayer.

 

Like other volumes in this series, Mayer has searched extensively for interesting images which uniquely capture the region’s railway stories.  Volume 5 includes photographs from sources as diverse as: the City of Vancouver Archives, Revelstoke Museum and Archives, ExpoRail, RJ Haney Heritage Village and Museum, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, the Centre for Railroad Photography and Art, and, of course, the Revelstoke Railway Museum.

 

Topics in Volume 5 include: Ottertail Creek bridge, the 1940s-era Neal inspection train, the Royal Train of 1939, Glacier Creek bridge, Field Yard, Twin Butte Creek, the Revelstoke shops, and 5400-class steam locomotives, to name a few. 

 

The series is an important fundraising vehicle for the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society, a registered charitable non-profit organization. Doug donates his research time and expenses, and all profits from the sale of “Canadian Pacific Railway on the Revelstoke Division” are retained by the society. 

 

Author Doug Mayer’s life-long interest in railways started with receiving a Lionel model train at age five.  He is a founding member of the Revelstoke Model Railway Club and has been heavily involved with the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society and its predecessor organization since 1988.  A driving force in the Revelstoke Model Railway Club, Doug is often seeing working on or operating the model railway featured at the Museum. Doug retired from BC Hydro, as an electrician and safety trainer, in 2008.  He also has passions for both IndyCar racing and the Vancouver Canucks, and was a volunteer with minor hockey for seven years. 

 

“We are so pleased to offer yet another volume of Doug’s popular series” said Jim Cullen, Executive Director of the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society. “Doug always manages to bring to light a rich mix of interesting photos, stories and facts about the Revelstoke Division.”

 

Mayer said, “I really enjoyed putting Volume 5 together. Even though my intention had been to dedicate the book to the Connaught Tunnel, the COVID situation prevented that. Still, I am very happy with how Volume 5 turned out. As always, I am most grateful to the various museums, archives, photographers and institutions who so generously contributed their photographs and gave me permission for their use. Without them, Volume 5 would not have been possible.”

 

Volume 5 is available from the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s website railwaymuseum.com or directly at the link revelstoke-railway-museum.myshopify.com.  A five-volume package containing the full series to date is available at a discount.

About the Revelstoke Railway Museum:

 

Revelstoke has deep roots with the railway. The Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society was incorporated in 1988 with the dream of bringing railway history back to Revelstoke, one of Canada’s oldest railway towns.  Its major project was development and construction of the Revelstoke Railway Museum in 1993, a grass-roots project driven by community leaders and which enjoyed the broad support of Revelstoke's citizens, businesses, and the public sector. Designed by Architect Paul Hughes, the Museum was built by local craftsmen using locally-sourced timber sawn at local mills. Widely recognized as one of the best small railway museums in Canada, the Museum has delighted over 500,000 visitors since opening in 1993.  The Museum won a TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award in 2020. 

 

Contact:

Jim Cullen

Executive Director

Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society

Tel: 250-837-6060

director.railway@telus.net

REVELSTOKE HERITAGE RAILWAY SOCIETY RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM BC MAJOR ANCHOR ATTRACTIONS PROGRAM

 

July 26, 2021

 

The Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society is pleased to announce that it has been approved for financial support under the Province of British Columbia’s Major Anchor Attractions Program.

 

The funding will provide much-needed financial support to the Society, which operates the Revelstoke Railway Museum and Craigellachie Last Spike historic site. 

 

“We are delighted that the Province of BC recognizes our impact on BC tourism and saw fit to support us.” said Roger Eddy, President of the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society.  “The past sixteen months have been truly challenging for our Society.  Just as for many businesses, the pandemic decimated our revenues. While things are slowly ramping up, we all know that lots of uncertainty remains.  So this support is very encouraging.”

 

“This support validates our role in tourism for our region and province.  While we are not a big institution, we are part of the critical mass that helps make Revelstoke a world-class destination resort and a great place to live.  We are grateful to the Province of British Columbia for this support.” said Jim Cullen, the Society’s Executive Director. “This kind of support makes the hard work and dedication of our trustees, volunteers and employees feel worthwhile.  We are looking forward to giving the kind of welcome and experience our visitors have come to expect over the Museum’s 28 year history.”

 

About the Revelstoke Railway Museum:

 

Revelstoke has deep roots with the railway. The Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society was incorporated in 1988 with the dream of bringing railway history back to Revelstoke, one of Canada’s oldest railway towns.  Its major project was development and construction of the Revelstoke Railway Museum in 1993, a grass-roots project driven by community leaders and which enjoyed the broad support of Revelstoke's citizens, businesses and the public sector. Designed by Architect Paul Hughes, the Museum was built by local craftsmen using locally-sourced timber sawn at local mills. Widely recognized as one of the best small railway museums in Canada, the Museum has delighted over 500,000 visitors since opening in 1993.  It won a TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award in 2020.  The Museum is currently open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM. 

 

Contact:

Jim Cullen

Executive Director

Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society

Tel: 250-837-6060

Director.railway@telus.net

REVELSTOKE RAILWAY MUSEUM OPENS NEW EXHIBIT OF HISTORICAL RAILWAY PAINTINGS “WORKS OF ART: CHERISHED MEMORIES OF A FATHER’S CAREER”

 

June 24, 2021

 

The Revelstoke Railway Museum is pleased to announce the opening on June 24, 2021 of a new exhibit, “Works of Art: Cherished Memories of a Father’s Career”, created by ExpoRail in Montreal and funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, Museum Assistance Program, and the Province of British Columbia’s Resort Municipality Funding Program. 

 

The exhibit features over two dozen paintings by Alice Macredie of major railway construction projects in which her father played a pivotal role.  Macredie’s father, James Macredie, was a CPR District Engineer whose career highlights included construction of the Lethbridge Viaduct (Lethbridge), Connaught Tunnel (Rogers Pass), Bassano Dam (Bassano) and South Saskatchewan River Bridge (Edmonton).  Alice Macredie’s paintings, done in the 1970s, combine her talent and memories to capture the people who worked on these projects, the hard work they invested in Canada’s railway, and the landscapes they traversed in order to complete their feats of engineering. 

 

“We are excited to bring an interesting new exhibit to Revelstoke as our region is starting to re-open under the Province of British Columbia’s ReStart Plan” said Roger Eddy, President of the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society.  “We hope Revelstokians and our visitors alike will take time to enjoy this new offering at the Museum.  We are grateful for the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Province of British Columbia which permitted us to borrow this exhibit”. 

 

“These paintings are really unique.  They surpass the hard cement and steel of what were, for their time, major engineering and construction achievements.  They also portray the human and natural aspects of these projects in ways that photographs rarely do,” said Laura VanZant, Curator of the Revelstoke Railway Museum.  “Major projects are often documented in photographs, but artistic depictions and interpretations of them are rare.” 

 

“Construction and expansion of Canada’s railways were some of our country’s earliest mega-projects.  We take them for granted because they are now part of our landscape, yet we live in an age where major infrastructure projects are a regular news topic.  Modern infrastructure projects challenge how we consider and balance their big-picture costs, impacts and benefits.  So this exhibit is really timely and gives an artistic perspective on the challenge, hardship and complexity of railway construction in an earlier era,” said Jim Cullen, Executive Director of the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society. 

 

The exhibit will be displayed in the Museum’s mezzanine level until December 31, 2021.  For more information about the Revelstoke Railway Museum, please see railwaymuseum.com 

 

About the Revelstoke Railway Museum:

 

Revelstoke has deep roots with the railway. The Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society was incorporated in 1988 with the dream of bringing railway history back to Revelstoke, one of Canada’s oldest railway towns.  Its major project was development and construction of the Revelstoke Railway Museum in 1993, a grass-roots project driven by community leaders and which enjoyed the broad support of Revelstoke's citizens, businesses and the public sector. Designed by Architect Paul Hughes, the Museum was built by local craftsmen using locally-sourced timber sawn at local mills. Widely recognized as one of the best small railway museums in Canada, the Museum has delighted over 500,000 visitors since opening in 1993.  It won a TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Award in 2020.  The Museum’s summer operating hours are currently 10 AM to 4 PM, seven days per week. 

 

Contact:

Jim Cullen

Executive Director

Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society

Tel: 250-837-6060

Director.railway@telus.net