Heber Valley acquires NRHS B.C. chapter equipment

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Heber Valley acquires NRHS B.C. chapter equipment
Posted by SD70Dude on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 12:55 PM

From the RailsBC Facebook group.  I am not involved with this project, or affiliated with any group that is:

 

"Hi Folks.

It comes with somewhat mixed feelings about this, but I’m happy to now be able to officially report that the National Railway Historical Society, BC Chapter collection has officially been acquired by the fine folks at the Heber Valley Railway in Heber City Utah. Four of the coaches loaded on TPDX Flats are now ready to head South VIA BNSF. The rest of the collection will follow in the coming months.

For the better part of fifty years the collection of coaches, and more recently the ex VIA FP9 6300, have been dutifully acquired and attended to by founder of the NRHS BC Chapter, Terry Fergusson. For the last 35 or so years the collection of coaches has been held indoors at the old Woodwards Warehouse in New Westminster that has ensured the collection maintain its pristine condition, with the exception of a few coaches that had to be stored outside.

Unfortunately time and politics have taken their toll, and it was time to find a new home for the collection, and the folks at Heber Valley Railway stepped up to the plate to provide that well deserved break and new home for the collection. It is a large collection. Larger than could be properly handled by lesser organizations. 1 Locomotive, 23 Coaches, 2 Steam Generator Cars, and 1 Box Car. Three of the coaches have already been disposed of, purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway to augment their business car fleet for parts. The box car is to be scrapped.

Attached is the draft release from Heber Valley Railway, to be made official immediately. The first of the coaches to leave the property are Coach 803 (Ex CP Colonist Car 2806), Mount Cascade (Ex SP Observation Lounge 2914), 301 (Ex CNoR Combine 7244), and Lake Ontario (Ex CP Sleeper-Buffet Lounge “Lake Ontario”). The fleet is all Road-Worthy, other than the fact all the coaches are equipped with Plate Wheels no longer authorized to be interchanged. As such the coaches have to be carried to destination on appropriate flats. The locomotive can travel on its own and will be the last to go since it’s providing the power to switch cars around the warehouse tracks while the loading process takes place.

In the following few days I’ll post out various photos I’ve taken of the collection being loaded and prepped for movement South. Stay tuned.

Finally, thanks are in order to my longtime friend and associate Terry Fergusson for maintaining this collection and all the lifetime of effort he has put into it. This was his life! It’s sad to see things play out this way, but getting people on board to promote Canadian Heritage in the means required for this collection was/is a very difficult task. Our heritage efforts by government and industry in this country are sadly lacking. And so it goes to those who care at Heber Valley. They have the means to ensure the longevity of this fine collection of railway history. Our thanks and best wishes to them as well.

Cheers"

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 1:55 PM

Kudos to Heber Valley for stepping up and providing a new home for this collection.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 4:58 PM

The equipment's going to a good home and will be well appreciated!

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Posted by SD70Dude on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 6:22 PM

RYPN thread from a couple years ago with background information on how the chapter came to have to sell their equipment:

http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41195

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