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Chilliwack - 1915 (thumbnail) North Vancouver Ferry Dock - 1916 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville St. - 1950 (thumbnail) Christmas Shoppers, Hastings St. - 1913 (thumbnail) Columbia Street - New Westminster - 1924 (thumbnail) Christmas Windows - Woodwards on Hasting (thumbnail) Marine Building on Hastings  - 1945 (thumbnail) Granville Street Bridge - 1921 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Granville Street-1948 (thumbnail) Theatre Row, Hastings St. - 1926 (thumbnail) Pacific Gateway, Vancouver - 1912 (thumbnail) Vancouver Exhibition - 1910 (thumbnail) Top of Granville Street - 1912 (thumbnail) Lonsdale Quay-1919 (thumbnail) Vancouver Public Market-1908 (thumbnail) Blackburn's Service, Seymour Street-1928 (thumbnail) New Westminster BCER Depot - 1926 (thumbnail) Park Row, New Westminster - 1909 (thumbnail) Car #101 on Hastings-1949 (thumbnail) Passing Woodwards-1939 (thumbnail) A Capital Christmas (thumbnail) A Christmas Reunion-1914 (thumbnail) The Old Street Car Barn - 1894 (thumbnail) Stanley Park-1900 (thumbnail) Red Racer Diner, Penticton-1960's (thumbnail) Out to Pasture, Street car # 153 (thumbnail) English Bay, Vancouver, Canada (thumbnail) Granville and Hastings Streets in Vancouver (thumbnail) Crossroads at Langley Prairie - 1928 (thumbnail) Bathhouse on English Bay - 1931 (thumbnail)
New Westminster BCER Depot - 1926 (large view)
 
New Westminster BCER Depot - 1926
Limited Edition Giclee print on canvas (sn95) of the British Columbia Electric Railway (BCER) Depot in New Westminster, B.C. Canada.

The original reference photograph, captioned 1926, that I used to establish this painting appears inside the front of Mr. Henry Ewert’s book “The Story of the B.C. Electric Railway Co. It shows the impressive depot that BCER built in New Westminster; the building still stands today.

The original New Westminster depot opened on March 26 1900. It was a modest one story building on the south side of Columbia between 8th and Begbie St. A second much larger depot was built opening in 1911. Photographs of the new depot in 1912 show that there was no canopy installed at that time but by 1926 an impressive canopy protected pedestrians on their approach and departure from the depot.

I decided to paint the depot as a night scene so that I could emphasize the corporations two main functions were to provide both rapid public transportation and an electrical power grid. When BCER pushed out new railway beds they brought with them electrical service. In a very real sense BCER lit up the Lower Mainland and I felt I could dramatize this by painting the New Westminster depot, proud with electric lighting, in front of a threatening night sky.

Tram 1224 peeks from within the depot portico sporting the brand new BCER livery of red and gold. St Louis Car Co. built Tram 1224 in 1913 in a two man, double end configuration.


20" H x 32" W
Price: CA $700.00