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Culture Days – Restoration Secrets at the Tram

Half restored red historic tramcar with unpainted wood exterior exposed

Join us in uncovering the secrets behind the restoration of Tram Car 1220 at Steveston Tram on Saturday, October 7 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. As part of Culture Days 2023, we welcome a special visit from a 1957 vintage bus courtesy of the Transit Museum Society. This is an extra-special bus, not only because of its age, but because it is also a mobile museum that showcases the transit history of BC, including Interurban trams like Tram Car 1220.

Inside the Steveston Tram building, delve into the secrets of restoring Tram Car 1220 with hands-on activities. Find out why tea was used to clean old rusty parts and try your hand doing the same. Discover the unusual materials that went into making the tram’s roof waterproof (hint: it involves horse hair!). Take the Tram colour-matching challenge – is your eye for colour able to find the correct answer?

There is also a scavenger hunt that will move your visit to another level. Then learn about the special font that graphic designers created for the destination roll – the part of the Tram that tells you where it is going. You can create your own personalized destination roll to take home.

Restoration Secrets Saturday will be the main Culture Days event at the Steveston Tram.

Free drop-in creative activities will also be offered on weekends between September 23 and October 15.

These include:

  • September 23, 24, and October 1 – draw a Passenger Portrait of you or your friend
  • October 8 – create your own personalized destination roll
  • October 14 and 15 – enjoy exploring the Steveston Tram with one of our scavenger hunts.

Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and cultures, with millions of people attending arts, culture and heritage events across Canada between September 22 and October 15. Culture Days aims to foster appreciation and support for artistic and cultural life, promote direct interaction between creators and the public, and affirm that every citizen is the guardian of culture life in their community. For more information, visit