Those of you who drive the Murray St. overpass will have noticed some excitement happening around the Museum these past few months. The funding from Heritage Canada and the City of Port Moody for a new station roof and cover for the Venosta which we announced last Spring, has finally been put in action. This past fall the 103 year old station got a new cedar shake roof appropriate for its age and character. We were also able to give the old chimeny a facelift with new pointing for all the bricks. Although it was a big job, it turned out beautiful and reminiscent of photos of the station from earlier times.
This month, we’ve begun the final phase of the long process of putting a cover on our beloved Venosta train car. Although it is only a long ditch at the moment, very soon an open cover with a metal roof will run the length of the car. This cover will provide much needed protection from the elements and allow us to save the high cost of maintaining it each year. We also hope that it will help regulate the temperature inside the car so that visitors to our teas and educational programs will be more comfortable come winter chills and summer heat waves.
The Venosta’s cover will also extend a few feet into the parking lot allowing us an additional performance area during events. We are currently looking for additional funding to build a platform for this area. In addition to making a nice space for dancing and singing, this would eliminate some of the stairs into the train car and make it easier for the physically challenged to access the space.
All in all, good things happening. Although, we’re looking forward to days without trucks, back hoes, and fork lifts when we can all enjoy our newly beautified site.