A steam train exhibit from the Vancouver Island Garden Railway Club during Railway Day 2021. (Peter McCully photo)

A steam train exhibit from the Vancouver Island Garden Railway Club during Railway Day 2021. (Peter McCully photo)

Parksville Museum teams up with model railroaders to stage Railway Day for 2022

Event runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20

Railway Day is coming back to the Parksville Museum for 2022, with a few special additions this year.

The event will run on the museum grounds from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20.

In addition to the display of model railways, demonstrations, memorabilia, food trucks and live music, a new permanent exhibit about the E & N Railway will open, according to a news release by the museum.

“One of our heritage cabins now showcases a terrific display about the Esquimalt and Nanaimo (E&N) Railway,” said Susan Wismer, museum president, in the release.

Wismer added many area residents may be surprised to learn that the E&N Railway, a passenger and freight train that travelled from Victoria to Courtenay, was linked to the agreement that made B.C. a province of Canada in 1871. Railway access on Vancouver Island was a requirement to join confederation.

“We’re pretty excited about Railway Day at the Parksville Museum,” said Chris Bruckshaw, model railroader. “Railway enthusiasts are a friendly bunch who enjoy sharing our passion with the public – especially kids.”

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Model train enthusiasts enjoy special Railway Day at Parksville Museum

The Parksville Museum is located on the corner of Highway 19A and Northwest Bay Road, adjacent to the city’s Visitor Centre. Parking is available along the shoulders of Northwest Bay Road and Franklin’s Gull Road, or in the gravel parking lot at the corner of Northwest Bay Road and Franklin’s Gull Road.

Admission is by donation.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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