The Pioneering Spirit of Canada Day is still alive at 150!

Local Credit Union Helps Tramway Society with free rides and admission for everyone.

Nelson BC, For six years the Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) have been making a donation to the Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS) for free rides on Streetcar #23 and admission to the Trolley Barn Museum on Canada Day and it is a win win for everyone.

The Nelson Electric Tramway Society sets out with the task of generating enough revenue each year to keep Streetcar #23 and the Trolley Bar Museum open. This is done with the love and help of volunteers, but although the passion of people helps keep the society alive it also needs funds for maintenance, upgrades and supplies. With the donation from the Nelson and District Credit Union the Tramway Society is able to bring smiles to people on Canada Day with free rides and admission to the museum and use the money to help keep Streetcar #23 on the rails.

The NDCU recognize the significance of having StreetCar#23 as an attraction in Nelson. It provides visitors will another reason to visit this beautiful region, is a destination experience for enthusiasts and fun experience for the family. NETS also provide opportunities people to stay active and contribute to the continuing growth and beauty of our community.

This year NETS is working with the NDCU to bring even more smiles to Canada Day. Streetcar #23 and the Museum will be open for extended hours. Watch for fun surprises at the Trolley Barn. Every year the Museum grows with additional treasures from local residents. It is always changing. Along with the Birney Car 400 there will also be some classic vehicles on display.

“The Nelson and District Credit Union have a passion to keep history alive . . .” says Tom Atkins of NDCU “. . .the volunteers at the Nelson Electric Tramway Society work hard to preserve our local heritage and we like to help them as much as we can.”

Once again, thanks to the Nelson and District Credit Union, at the July 1 Canada Day Celebration in Lakeside Park, there will be free rides on Streetcar #23, and free admission to the Trolley Barn Museum.

See you on the Rails!

Streetcar#23 is Open for the Season

Nelson BC, The Nelson Electric Tramway Society has been hard working all winter getting ready for the 2017 season. Streetcar#23 has had some much needed maintenance and accessibility upgrades, the volunteers have been through their training and this Friday May 19 they start the 2017 Season.

They will be open for rides 7 days and week until Thanksgiving. The Trolley Barn Museum will also be open from noon to 3pm weekends until June when hours will expand.

Last year the Tramway Society was host to close to 18,000 visitors, locals and rail enthusiasts, all with the support of an amazing group of volunteers. They are always on the lookout for more help, if you would like to get involved they suggest you come down for a ride or visit the Trolley Barn maintenance shop on Tuesday or Thursday mornings.

The crew also have many fun events and surprises in store this year. To find out more, see the schedule or join their team check them out at www.NelsonStreetCar.org or call 250.352.7672. You can catch them for a ride starting 11:30am Friday May 19th at Lakeside Park.

See you on the rails.

Shake off the Snow – to the AGM we Go!!

Annual General Meeting
Yes it is that time of year again, our annual general meeting, come and get involved, or find out what is in store for the 2017 year. It is Tuesday April 4th, 2017 at 7:00pm upstairs at the NEW Chamber building in the train station. All are welcome! Learn more about how you can volunteer to Drive, Host and Help.
For more info call 250.352.7672.

Haunted Heritage Tour Streetcar#23 Returns October 15th 2016

Streetcar#23 is ready for the Haunted tours on October 15th

Streetcar#23 is ready for the Haunted tours on October 15th

October is the return of the popular Haunted Heritage Tour Streetcar#23 where guest are treated to a tour of Nelson’s less talked about haunted history. This year we have added more stops and more stories. Happening Saturday October 15, with two special runs at 4pm and 5:30pm, it is one of the best ways to enjoy Streetcar#23 before she is put to rest for the season. Partial proceeds from these tours go to benefit the Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS), a wholly volunteer run organization.

Learn about the darker side of Nelson's History with your Host Chris Holland

Learn about the darker side of Nelson’s History with your Host Chris Holland

To get tickets or make reservations for the tours contact the Railway Visitors Centre in Nelson at 250.352.3433. To find out more about the League and their future activities check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NelsonParanormalLeague/ .

 

“Fill the Birney Car” annual food drive WILL go on as planned

With Streetcar#23 unsure if she will be running this Saturday

“Fill the Birney Car” annual food drive WILL go on as planned

Fill the Birney Car with food for local charities this Saturday Oct 1st

Fill the Birney Car with food for local charities this Saturday Oct 1st

Nelson BC, The Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS), operators of Streetcar 23 and Birney Car 400, plan an annual Food Drive in an effort to raise much needed non-perishable food items as well as cash donations to help the less fortunate to cope with day to day challenges. This Saturday October 1st from 10am to 5pm they are offering free rides and special museum tours in exchange for a food donation, but due to parking lot construction Streetcar#23 may not be running that day. WE GO ON AS PLANNED…they said!

The Food Drive has been named “FILL THE BIRNEY CAR” and that is the goal every year, to get enough food to fill every seat in the Birney Car 400. Each donation would permit the Donor to unlimited free Streetcar 23 rides, as well as an admission into our newly constructed Museum and the chance to win some fabulous prizes donated by local businesses. Even though the Streetcar may not be running that day, they encourage people to make their way to the Trolley Barn Museum for an extra special museum tour and a token for a free ride at a later date.Walt and Jim

“This year the demands for help are bigger than ever, it is our duty to give back to the community.” Says Jim Robertson of NETS, “Also if the Streetcar is not running, we will all be at the Trolley Barn to take people on an extra special museum tour and give out tokens for a free ride.”

This year the Fill the Birney Car will be on Saturday October 1st from 10am to 5pm. We look forward to seeing you there on the rails or at the Barn.

Streetcar#23 Will be Shut Down from Sept 21st to the end of the month

Due to construction in the Mall Parking lot Streetcar#23 will be stopping services from Sept 21st til the end of the month.  We will let you know as soon as we hear when the construction is completed.  We are working on rescheduling the Haunted Heritage Tours and will keep you posted.

Well the weather is nice take a relaxing ride along the water this weekend.

Streetcar#23 by Michael Dill

Streetcar#23 by Michael Dill

We look forward to seeing on the rails!

Canada Day a Huge Success

A big thank you to the Nelson and District Credit Union for helping make our Canada Day a huge success.  With over 300 people visiting the Museum and over 1,400 riding Streetcar#23 this day was exciting.  We look forward to hosting this event again next year.

Canada Day 2016 - Michael Dill Photo

See you on the rails!

 

Smiles on Canada Day! Free Rides, Free Museum Admission and Free Smiles for Everyone.

 

The crew of Streetcar#23 get together with the NDCU to plan this years Canada Free Ride for Everone

The crew of Streetcar#23 get together with the NDCU to plan this years Canada Free Rides for Everyone

Nelson BC, A beloved tradition continues this Canada Day. For five years the Nelson & District Credit Union (NDCU) have been making a donation to the Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS) for free rides on Streetcar #23 and admission to the Trolley Barn Museum. Our whole community benefits and the fun is measured in smiles.

When Nelson folk see Streetcar #23 rolling out for the summer season they swell up with pride and happiness. Some see over a hundred years of heritage rolling down the waterfront, like a living postcard. Others enjoy riding on a piece of history. They just love hearing it creak, chug, clank and squeak! For everyone the result is a smile, easily achieved and priceless to share.

This year NETS is working with the NDCU to bring even more smiles to Canada Day. Streetcar #23 and the Museum will be open for extended hours. Watch for fun surprises at the Trolley Barn. Every year the Museum grows with additional treasures from local residents. It is always changing. Along with the Birney Car 400 there will also be some classic vehicles on display.

“Our Credit Union has the utmost respect for the volunteers who make the Museum and Streetcar #23 such a success, and who always seem to have smiles on their faces when we visit . . .” says Tom Atkins of NDCU “. . .of course, we are honouring their dedication with a one thousand dollar community investment program donation for Canada Day! But it is more than that! From the maintenance crew, to administration, drivers and conductors they are some of the friendliest ambassadors for Nelson. They say it’s because happiness is contagious and is easily spread — with a story and a smile.”

Once again this year, at the July 1 Canada Day Celebration in Lakeside Park, there will be free rides on Streetcar #23, and free admission to the Trolley Barn Museum. Offer thanks to the Nelson & District Credit Union and the Nelson Electric Tramway Society with a wave and a really big smile!

See you on the Rails!

Open For Season 2016

The Nelson Electric Tramway Society is excited to announce that they are Open For TheMichael Dill Streetcar#23
Season 2016.
 We are open for rides 7 days a week from now until Thanksgiving and you can see our schedule here.

This year while the tracks were quiet the volunteer crew spent over 2000 hours refurbishing Streetcar#23.  One of the new features is room for a wheelchair and increased access to help those with limited mobility, we are still however working on creating wheelchair access to the Streetcar…a project we are currently focused on.

With the seats redone, the car repainted and trucks/shoes…it feels like a new Streetcar! Thank you to all that helped make it happen.Michael Dill The Crew #23

We have plenty of fun and events planned this year so we look forward to seeing on the rails.

Stay Tuned……