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……

Nelson Gets a Brand New Streetcar?

The Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS), that run Streetcar#23, have been very busy since the end of last season. But before we talk about the new streetcar, let’s get caught up.

Walt and Jim

Walk and Jim take in the donations on our annual Fill the Birney food drive.

Fill The Birney Car
For the second year we have attempted to fill Birney Car 400 with donations of food. This annual event is about giving back to the community by giving free rides for donations that are distributed to all of our local food charities and this year was huge success. We brought in more food than last year and many local businesses were very excited about getting more involved in 2016. Thank you to Save on Foods, Safeway, The Co-op Country Store, The City of Nelson and everyone else I may not have directly mentioned…Thank You!

The New Chamber Office in the Rail House

The New Chamber Office in the Rail House

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 2016 year. It is April 5th, 2016 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.

Brand New Streetcar
OK, it is still Streetcar#23, the original, but she needed maintenance and sometimes it can be very extreme. This year from Oct to Jan over 1,000 volunteer hours have been put into dismantling, re-engineering, rebuilding, refurbishing and detailing Streetcar#23, when she rolls out of the Barn in May, it will be like Nelson got a brand new streetcar.

Streetcar #23 has all of her seats removed and re finished

Streetcar #23 has all of her seats removed and re finished

23 Painting

Streetcar #23 has been worked on constantly since shutting down in 2015 of last year

 

 

 

23 back together

Streetcar #23 will be back…opening is scheduled for Friday May 20th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening 2016
We are scheduled to open on Friday May 20th, the Victoria Day long weekend. Be the first to ride on the New Streetcar#23. There will be free rides to people in Heritage Costumes.

 

 

For more information please call us at 250.352.7672.

See you on the rails

“Fill the Birney Car” is back and ready to help the community once again

Nelson BC, The Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS), operators of Streetcar 23 and Walt and JimBirney Car 400, are planning their second annual Food Drive this Saturday October 3rd 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm 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.

The Food Drive has been named “FILL THE BIRNEY CAR” and 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.

“Last year we had a great time and raised a considerable amount of food for those in need.” Says Jim Robertson of NETS, “It is unfortunate that we have this need in nelson but we like help the community whenever we can.”

This year the Fill the Birney Car will be on Saturday October 3rd from 10am to 5pm. We look forward to seeing you there.Fill the Birney Car