OPEN THIS WEEKEND!! Come on down and support our wonderful streetcar, starting this Friday, May 21st. Because of Covid, we are working on a reduced schedule, so the tram will be operational 7 days a week from 11 am till 3 pm (we will keep you updated if that changes as the summer progresses). Unfortunately there is no wheelchair service during Covid protocols, and pets, strollers, buggies and carts can’t be brought on board. Everyone over 5 years of age must wear a mask, and we are at 1/2 available seating to allow distancing. Finally, we are unable to make change so the ride is by donation, and because we are completely volunteer-driven and all funding is by donation and grants, we ask that you be generous! Thank you Nelsonites who love our living piece of history!!
Want to operate Nelson’s iconic Streetcar 23? Have skills that can help maintain the car and keep it on the rails? Nelson Electric Tramway needs volunteers. No experience required – let us show you how it’s done. You can find our application form HERE, or cut and paste this address into your browser: https://www.nelsonstreetcar.org/join-us/
Photo courtesy of Michael Dill
Good bye to one of our amazing volunteers! Yesterday was Zac’s last shift as streetcar operator as he’s moving to Kelowna. Zac, we will miss you and your dedication to the streetcar! Happy trails, the best of luck and we’re pretty sure you’ll be back on board some day!
Zac (left) and Jean at the end of Zac’s last shift
Check out this great Youtube video by “DownieLive”, a brother and sister duo traveling through BC in search of rail history in this year of limited travel due to Covid. They really do our streetcar and volunteers proud!
Do you have neat stuff kicking around in your basement? The kids don’t want it and it’s too good to throw away? The Nelson Electric Tramway Society will consider donations of local memorabilia, preferably transportation-related. We also always are on the lookout for tools that we can use to keep our 113-year-old #23 operational! We’d really love a metal lathe with a minimum 6′ bed!!!
Pictured below are Denis Helbecque with his Dad’s old “Flexible Flyer” and Norm Facchina with his childhood tricyle. Both are on display in our streetcar museum at Lakeside Rotary Park. Big thanks to Norm and Denis for all the neat stuff they donated to the streetcar.
On Sunday, July 14, 2019, history was made in Nelson when, for the first time EVER, the streetcar was manned (hahahaha) by an all-woman team!! Pictured are Colleen and Lelainya, who drove the tram that day, and Lonnie was our museum volunteer!