Memories of an interurban troop train

I can still faintly remember going past a station that read ‘Langley Prairie,’ while en route to the Chilliwack army camp.

Editor: Frank Bucholtz’ interesting article (The Times, July 30) regarding the history of interurban operations in the past being reborn in Cloverdale awakened memories for me.

We had just enlisted in the army and were ordered to mount trucks that would transport us to a troop train to take us to a camp for basic training.  Guessing was rife as we hauled our heavy loads of equipment to the waiting vehicles. We were bound for Calgary, some said, while other numerous locations such as Vernon were mentioned.

Imagine our surprise when we dismounted to find ourselves facing a B.C. Electric interurban and a few hours later dismounting in Chilliwack, where two camps were situated — one for engineers and the other for us in the infantry. I can still faintly remember going past a station that read ‘Langley Prairie.’

Mike Harvey,

Langley

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