The (miniature) train whistles will sound this B.C. Day long weekend at the B.C. Farm Machinery and Agriculture Museum in Fort Langley.
For the weekend, the Fraser Valley G Scale Friends, a group of model train enthusiasts, will bring in scale electric and live steam locomotives.
These engines pull a variety of rolling stock such as heavyweight passenger cars, freight, flat, logging, tank, and pipe cars, along with unique theme cars such as circus and Christmas cars. The locomotives range from CPR Pacifics, CNR Mikados, Pennsylvania K4 Pacifics, shunt engines, logging engines, and diesel combination engines. Farm scenery will complement the running trains.
Each of these model trains demonstrates how farm products were moved to markets in B.C. and to the sea ports. Products dependent on the railways are wheat from the Prairies, coal from eastern B.C. and Alberta, logs from the Interior, and farm machinery from Ontario and the U.S.A. Of course, passengers used the railroads to settle the West and to move back and forth across Canada.
Also, there will be a display of operating stationary steam engines running on live steam and compressed air in the museum itself.
The events run from Aug. 2 to 5, and members of the club will be there to talk about the trains. Several other events and attractions
will be taking place, including:
Rope making and knot tying demonstrations;
Take a picture of your picture in the "old farm buggy;"
From noon to 2 p.m. there will be free coffee and Timbits from Tim Horton's Cruiser on site;
The Dempster Windmill will be operating and pumping water; and
The popular scavenger hunt will be available for families to enjoy.
Admission by donation at the front door, and a dollar per person is suggested to keep the nonprofit museum running.
The museum is located at 9131 King St.
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