British Columbia's history goes hand in hand with the arrival of the first transcontinental train pulled by Engine 374 which arrived in Vancouver on May 23, 1887. Trains opened up the West Coast providing a route to the west for thousands of new immigrants and providing entertainment and enjoyment children and adults alike.
The Burnaby Central Railway's history dates back to 1929 when a group of railway enthusiasts formed the British Columbia Society of Model Engineers who combined their love of creating miniature trains to run on private tracks. On July 1, 1975, the BCSME opened its first public track located in the Burnaby Village Museum bringing their love for trains to the public. The track proved to be too small and it was closed in 1991. A new, two mile track was constructed on seven acres of land in Confederation Park which opened to the public on July 1, 1993.
The Railway Park also has a museum which houses a wide range of railway memorabilia including artifacts, paintings, photo and a collection of miniature engines. The locomotives themselves also have unique histories of their own and are each handcrafted by members of the British Columbia Society of Model Engineers. The four most popular locomotives are the four hand-crafted steam engines. The Railway's collections also include several electric, diesel locomotives and gas powered hydraulic engines. Admire the handicraft and dedication of the volunteers who continue to create these spectacular model trains and share their work with visitors to the Burnaby Central Railway!
When you visit Confederation Park be sure to take a ride on the Burnaby Central Railway, see the museum and its exhibits, admire its beautiful scale model trains and enjoy trip along the tracks!
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