Last night a fire was deliberately set at the Stanley Park miniature railway’s station. Despite the best efforts of fire crews, the structure was completely destroyed.
Crews doused nearby trees to prevent the flames from spreading, but could not save the replica train station — that also doubles as Santa’s workshop during the popular Bright Nights in Stanley Park celebration each Christmas. [CTV News]
“The building is a writeoff and the damage extensive,” he said. [Vancouver fire Capt. Gabe Roder] said the cooler weather helped to prevent what could have been a major catastrophe in the park. “Had it been in the middle of summer in a dry spell the outcome could have been much different,” he said. [Vancouver Sun]
The Stanley Park miniature railway opened in 1964, with Mayor Bill Rathie and Park Board Chairman George Wainborn driving in the last spike.
Since that time it has become a fixture of the park, providing themed train rides with haunting tales at Halloween, stories and legends in Klahowya Village, and holiday carols during Bright Nights.
There is no word yet on how this will affect the train and upcoming seasonal programming.
Update The Park Board has passed on the message that the Spirit Catcher chain will be in operation on Saturday, June 23.