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Meet Meribeth: Tram Restoration Volunteer

White haired woman standing over artefact, with seated brown haired man in glasses.

From 2016 to 2019, one of the BC Electric Railway’s remaining Interurbans, Tram Car 1220, was lovingly restored by dedicated volunteers and staff members. Now on display at the Steveston Tram museum, visitors may experience a piece of Richmond’s past and learn about the area’s history.

Meribeth is one of these dedicated volunteers who helped with the restoration project. We asked her a few questions about her experience.

Why is the Tram important to you?

Meribeth: I think it is a beautiful artefact, so much a part of Richmond/Steveston’s history, and I love the feel of the authentic pieces – no plastic in sight!

What was your favourite thing to restore on the Tram?

M: I didn’t have a favourite item. Each part was special in its own way. Some were more challenging, such as the springs which were so terribly rusted, and other parts were so lovely to touch, such as the wood or brass pieces. I liked them all. Also, it was fun working on it.

Meet Meribeth and other restoration volunteers during Doors Open 2023 on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday June 4th. Try some hands-on restoration activities, and get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the restoration process.

For more information about more Doors Open Richmond, visit the website here.

The Steveston Tram is open from 10AM to 5PM daily during the summer season (until Labour Day Monday). Admission is free.