Little Prince Issues Outlined – Staff to Examine Concerns
Interior of train shed shows lack of space and storage issues – image courtesy Exploration Place
Prince George, B.C. – “This 24 inch engine is one of those tick marks they ( train enthusiasts) can only get if they come to Prince George” says Tracy Calogheros, head of the Exploration Place and the 2.2 km railway that runs around the museum grounds.The Little Prince is a tourism draw, providing rides to more than 25 thousand visitors last year.
With that in mind, Calogheros called on City Council to add replacing the 1912 train’s storage home to the City’s capital plan. “We just need a space to stop the flooding and the leakage from the rain” said Calogheros, “We don’t need a big fancy building, just a dry place with proper storage space , exits and lighting.
While pointing out the train itself needs repairs and upgrades, Calogheros says making the repairs and then storing the train in a faulty shed would be ” throwing good money after bad”. Replacing the train shed could cost about $100 thousand dollars. The repairs to the train, for example the boiler going, could cost up to $150 thousand dollars said Calogheros.
“I firmly believe we maintain our heritage assets” said Councillor Murry Krause who said he would
“There’s no doubt about it, when that little whistle blows, people come from everywhere to have a ride on it” said Councillor Frank Everitt. He too supports the idea of working towards making the changes happen.
Mayor Hall says there is a need to determine a firm cost on what is needed, “I think we really need to take a look at the equipment, what it’s housed in” in order to get the big picture of the financial implications .
Council has approved sending the request to City staff for further examination.