1996 Vancouver Memories

Royal Hudson 2960 returning to North Vancouver as seen across Burrard Inlet from Stanley Park.

In the spring of 1986 I visited Vancouver, British Columbia, to attend Expo 86. I met up with Bill Surdyk there and he introduced me to several attractions.

In addition to the Expo, we explored the SkyTrain automated transit system that had opened in December 1985.

Bill also showed me the steam-powered clock in the Gastown section of Vancouver.

In July of 1996 I returned to Vancouver with Ursula and we expanded on what I had seen 10 years earlier.

Here are a few of the highlights. We rode and photographed the Royal Hudson steam excursion and did the same with the SkyTrain.

We also saw the West Coast Express commuter trains, which had begun running in November 1995.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

The fabled steam clock in the Gastown neighborhood
Vancouver’s Sky Train
West Coast Express with Sky Train in the background.
The Royal Hudson (former Canadian Pacific 2960 at Squamish, British Columbia.
On board the train pulled by the Royal Hudson returning to North Vancouver.

At Britannia Beach, British Columbia

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