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Time Traveller: This was the lowest of the low for famed Streetcar 153

It's now the showpiece of MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, but for many years this streetcar served as a chicken coop on a farm outside of Chilliwack

Sometimes a comeback is worth the wait, at least that must have been what the diehard supporters of Streetcar 153 thought.

We can see the used and abused carriage body of Streetcar 153 at what was supposed to be its final home in this photograph ca. 1970. Rediscovered on a farm near Ryder Lake, just north of Chilliwack, Streetcar 153 had spent its retirement years as a bunkhouse, café, and chicken coop.

Purchased by the City of North Vancouver in 1986, 153 spent more than 30 years in storage waiting for its time to shine. At around 114 years old, Streetcar 153 can finally rest, restored and adored, in the lobby of MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open by appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

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