For 45 years, Tramcar 1220 traversed a route from Vancouver into Steveston, where today it rests in a shed in the tourist village at the intersection of Moncton Street and No. 1 Road.
Over the years, the tramcar has been released so that it can take passengers on a short ride for special occasions, like the Salmon Festival on Canada Day.
But the explosion of car culture in the post-WWII period meant that the car wouldn’t be used for regular transport anymore.
The tramcar’s era of idleness may be ending, however, as the City of Richmond considers plans to run it through the village and take people to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery.
The city is looking at putting the tram back in motion along Moncton Street.
“The concept is to attract people to come down to Steveston and give them a glimpse of what Richmond was like back in the day,” Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie told Global News. …