Dewdney-Alouette Railway Society (DARS)
The Dewdney-Alouette Railway Society (DARS) has created this diorama, centered on Port Haney in 1926, on the lower level of the Maple Ridge Museum building. It is a labour of love that has spanned over 35 years, and the society members continue to work on the display weekly.
The members of the society own all of the materials on the lower level including the non-diorama displays. Some members like making the trains, while others focus on the buildings, and some prefer to do scenery and backdrops. The diorama displays the CPR along the Fraser River from Hammond to Ruskin and the recent addition of sound and lighting brings back memories of the old steam locomotives.
The society has an open house on the last Sunday of every month when they open the caboose. Located on the museum grounds east of the main building, and run several trains at once and can answer questions for those interested in building layouts of their own.
Monthly Open House days are subject to current COVID-19 Public Health Orders. The DARS Gallery has limited number of visitors to maintain social distancing and facemasks are required for entry into the Maple Ridge Museum and DARS Gallery.