Status boost for Cranbrook History Centre

The Cranbrook History Centre has been recognized by Historic Sites and Monuments Canada

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Honor Neve, chief curator, and Valerie Bourne, business manager, Cranbrook History Centre

Honor Neve, chief curator, and Valerie Bourne, business manager, unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Cranbrook History Centre on June 19. — Marie Milner photo

The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has recognized the Cranbrook History Centre (CHC) for its collection and restoration of Trans Canada Limited passenger train cars. A plaque commemorating the railcar collection was unveiled on June 19 at a gathering in the Royal Alexandra Hall, a key part of the CHC complex.

Garry Anderson at the Cranbrook History Centre — Marie Milner photo

Representatives of Parks Canada were on hand to congratulate the board and staff of the history centre. Garry Anderson, recipient of the Order of Canada and founder of the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel—now the CHC—spoke of the work done over decades to collect and restore the rail cars.

The collection is now partially sheltered in the first phase of the new Heritage Railcar Preservation Building, a timberframe structure being built by Tyee Custom Homes. As financing permits, the roof will be completed, walls will be added to complete the enclosure, and environmental controls will be put in place to protect the historical collection.

Dignitaries attending the unveiling included Cranbrook City councillor Ron Popoff, Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka and constituency representative Trina Aylin on behalf of Wayne Stetski, member of parliament for Kootenay-Columbia.

Carl Lauren (L) and Rob Wheeler of Tyee Log Homes oversee the construction of the Heritage Railcar Preservation Building. — Chris Pullen photo

Marie Milner

Marie Milner is a writer and photographer for Kootenay Business magazine and several other publications. She appreciates the inspiration that she gets during her interviews and hopes to share that inspiration with you. View all of Marie Milner’s articles

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