Streetcar

All aboard! Take a ride back in time on the fully restored Streetcar #23, once part of the Nelson Street Railway that served the city from 1925 to 1949. Savour the views of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake as you meander along its shore to beautiful Lakeside Park.

Operations

Streetcar #23 is a seasonal attraction that typically operates from Easter weekend to Thanksgiving, depending on weather and refit schedules. From Easter to mid-June and from Labour Day to close of season, operations run weekends and by special charter service only. Service runs seven days a week from mid-June to Labour Day.

The first run starts at 11:10 a.m. at the Wray Suffredine station on Hall Street, and proceeds eastbound past Chahko Mika Mall and along the waterfront to Lakeside Park Station, adjacent to the orange bridge. Westbound service departs Lakeside Park station at 11:30 a.m. and every half hour until 4:30 p.m. Routine stops include Hall Street, Chahko Mika Mall and Lakeside, with flag stops available at the Lyle Ward Memorial Car Barn, the soccer fields and the power shed.

Adult fare is $3.00, seniors and youth (ages 6 to 12 years) is $2.00 and under 6 years with an adult is free. Maximum family fare is $8.00.

History

Streetcar #23 was originally purchased in 1925 from Cleveland, Ohio, where it had operated for 14 years. The car operated in Nelson from 1925 to 1949, when Nelson Transit purchased replacement diesel buses. From 1949 to the 1980s the streetcar was used as a cabin, dog kennel and souvenir shop. The Nelson Electric Tramway Society was formed in 1988 and the vision of getting Streetcar #23 back “on track” started to become a reality. A 1.2-kilometre route was constructed from the City wharf area to Lakeside Park, and on July 1, 1992, Streetcar #23 made its first run since 1949. Streetcar #23 still runs to this day, thanks to the dedicated volunteers of the Nelson Electric Tramway Society.

For more information about the history of Street Car #23, season passes and charters, please visit the Nelson Electric Tramway Society website.


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