How did the Railway & Forestry Museum start and how did they get all the trains?
This question and more will be answered at the Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum’s new exhibit, “Still On Track: 30 Years of the Railway and Forestry Museum Society.” Come learn about our fascinating history, which started in 1983 when a small group of railway enthusiasts came together to restore a 1903 snow plow and started work on the monumental task of building a new Prince George Museum. The group was called the Central British Columbia Railroad Preservation and Museum Society, which later became the Central B.C. Railway & Forestry Museum.
Over the years, the society grew and adapted, adding mining and firefighting displays to the museum and working to collect all kinds of industrial artifacts. People who worked on the museum worked tirelessly, pouring their passion, dedication and thousands of volunteer hours into the museum and grounds. From the very beginning, they had a plan: to establish an exciting and informative industrial museum for the Central B.C. region. The society’s accomplishments and difficulties were recorded through the years in the museum’s monthly newsletter, appropriately named On Track.
Come and discover some of the challenges in caring for and designing an industrial museum. As you walk along the life-sized timeline of our past, you have the chance to see and touch our accomplishments, test your skills as a museum director or archivist, try restoring rail cars, build your own speeder shed, design a mini-rail line and take a photo in engineer or forester’s garb. At the end of the exhibit, share your own museum stories or read about and choose to adopt one of our future projects, which will ensure that we stay On Track to historic success.