The Nelson Electric Tramway Society (NETS) are ready to officially open their latest project, the Car Barn Museum. On Monday August 3rd they are inviting the entire community to come on down from 11am to 4:30pm with free streetcar rides and Museum admission.. At 1pm there will be a special Grand Opening Ceremony with ribbon cutting, tours, cake, refreshments, classic cars and special guests.
NETS have been working toward this goal ever since they rolled out Streetcar #23 in 1992. The idea was to create a working museum of Nelson’s History. The first phase of this project was to get Nelson’s original streetcar operational and then over time create additional opportunities to enrich and educate the community. The goal of NETS recent history was to create a dedicated space for displays and historical artifacts. Over the past two years the Car Barn, with the help and love of volunteers, has been renovated to include a dedicated museum space and displays throughout the barn.
Over the years, many artifacts and photos have been entrusted to the Society by community members who wished to keep Nelson’s streetcar heritage alive for future generations. The Museum project has given the society an opportunity to present these items to the public. The artifacts are now housed in a dedicated museum space with additional equipment displayed throughout the car barn.
“The Car Barn Museum will have many benefits for the community, from keeping our history fresh and accessible to tourists and students, to giving retired people an opportunity to still be engaged with the community.” Says Jim Robertson NETS B.O.D./Project Manager, “The best thing about this project is that it will always be growing and developing, we are looking forward to helping keep Nelson’s history alive.”
On Monday August 3rd everyone is invited down to celebrate the grand opening of the NETS Car Barn Museum in Lakeside Park with free admission to the museum and free rides all day on Streetcar#23. Events start at 11am with tours of the museum and car barn and a special ribbon cutting ceremony at 1pm. For more information call 250.352.7672, email@example.com or come on down and visit them in Lakeside Park, right beside the soccer fields and next to the Nelson Rowing Club.