Commuter Train to Fraser Valley

1910? - LGN 949 - [B.C. Electric Railway Company Fraser Valley Railway line cars]

CVA – LGN 949 – BC Electric Railway Company, Fraser Valley Railway Line Cars, 1910?

The image above was taken at Front and Begbie Streets in New Westminster, in about 1910. The train was a BC Electric commuter to the Fraser Valley – and it was apparently a packed run (or at least it was made to seem so for this photo).

I have been a Greater Vancouver resident long enough to recall the hotel on the corner that apparently was called the Windsor (although I don’t remember that detail) throughout its life. Along the Begbie St side of the establishment, I recall seeing separate entries to the hotel bar for each gender (see 1980s image below viewing the hotel and bar from Columbia St). Today on that site is the aptly named condominium tower, the Interurban.

The brick building left of the Windsor is what today is the Salvation Army Thrift Store. In the 1910-ish period above, however, it was the local BC Electric rail barn.

1980s NW Archives IHP7525

New Westminster Archives, IHP7525, Windsor Hotel and Bar, 1980s

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