May 27, 2014 4:14 pm

WATCH: Stanley Park’s Miniature Train turns 50

VANCOUVER – The Miniature Train in Stanley Park is marking a milestone.

The popular Vancouver attraction has been operating for 50 years this week. It was opened by the park board in 1964 after a clearing was created by fallen trees as a result of Typhoon Freda.

It is now one of Vancouver’s most popular family attractions, carrying more than 200,000 passengers every year. It is especially popular during the Halloween and Christmas seasons when it is decorated in various themes.

The train’s journey is about two-kilometres long and it is a replica of Canadian Pacific Railway #374, which is famous for pulling Canada’s first transcontinental passenger train into Vancouver in the late 1880s.

In celebration of the anniversary a Golden Spike ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon on Pipeline Road in Stanley Park. People were also able to enjoy free train rides and popcorn.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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