18)    ELECTRIC RAILWAY LINE 5:23

 


The British Columbia Electric Railway Company was formed in 1897, an amalgamation of separate interurban and street railway systems in Vancouver, New Westminster and Victoria.

 
In 1910, the south side of the Fraser was connected to Vancouver by the B.C. Electric "Inter-Urban" railway, bringing people and produce within easy reach of the larger coastal cities. This service became known as the "milk run." The BCER could at one time boast the largest electric railway in Canada. Passenger service through the Fraser Valley to Chilliwack ended in 1950 when the BCER dieselized and became a freight-only carrier.


 

Climbed aboard the old 1402
On the Electric Railway Line
Thirteen cents in cash fare paid
On the Electric Railway Line
Got my transfer and receipt
It took no time to take my seat
Kicked off my shoes, kicked up my feet
On the Electric Railway Line

From Yarrow, Stewart & Sinclair
Along the Interurban Line
Then through Bellerose, Kidd, Reclaim
Along the Interurban Line
Stopped in Jackman, County Line
Through Coghlan, Warwhoop and Jardine
Meridian, Sullivan, Hyland, Kings
On the Electric Railway Line

All along the Interurban Line
You could hear them motors wail and whine
Clicking down the track and she’s right on time

You can smoke “Wills’ Capstan Cigarettes”
Out on the Observation Car
You know they’re fifteen cents a packet
By the Hastings depot yard
You can read the Buzzer in the vestibule
Or you can thumb through the Farm Service News
Well I’m telling you, you just can’t loose
On the Electric Railway Line

I took a ride the Flying Dutchman once
Along the Interurban Line
Met a little girl from Jubilee
Along the Interurban Line
If you’ve got the price of fare
Well then the BCE can get you there
They just take a little more time and care
On the Electric Railway Line

All along the Interurban Line
You could hear them motors wail and whine
Clickin’ up the tracks and she’s right on time
 

I saw the Duke of Connaught ride
On the Electric Railway Line
He went down to Lulu Isle.
On the Electric Railway Line
Well that’s your first-rate transportation
Getcha to and from your destination
So better get lined up at the station, boys
For the Electric Railway Line

 

Music & lyrics by Bruce Coughlan (SOCAN)
From Tiller’s Folly: A Ripple In Time CD (2002)


Bruce Coughlan:
lead vocal

Laurence Knight: electric bass, vocals
Nolan Murray: fiddle, mandolin
Robbie Steininger: dobro, electric & acoustic guitar
Phil Robertson: drums
Gord Maxwell: vocals


Produced by Laurence Knight
Engineered by John Ellis & Eric Reed
Recorded at Magic Lab Studios, Surrey, BC and Red Stripe Studios, Burnaby, BC
Mixed at The Factory, Vancouver, BC Sheldon Zaharko, assisting.
Mastered by Jamie Sitar, Sound Suite, Vancouver, BC
Re-mastered by Joby Baker, Baker Studios, Victoria, BC.