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.
Due to rising concerns with COVID-19, train day has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. This decision, though difficult, is necessary to help protect the health of our visitors, staff and volunteers, and community. When we have the all clear, we will post here and on our social media with updates.