The Timber Heritage Association’s high-speed crew car program has a new addition – a wagon. It will run along First Street in Old Eureka Town during Arts Alive! from Saturday and at the Friday evening market from August 6. Rides will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The cart was originally built for the Netflix show “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (2017-2019). The Eureka Lodging Alliance bought it for the Timber Heritage Association from a Canadian railway group.
“Some THA volunteers, including myself, had approached the Eureka Lodging Alliance to purchase the cart. We had seen it advertised and thought it would be an asset to Eureka tourism, ”said Bruce Seivertson, the association’s community liaison officer. “The Lodging Alliance agreed, and that set the wheels in motion. Of course, ELA has been instrumental in other tourist attractions including the new Redwood Sky Walk Zoo.
Volunteers from the Timber Heritage Association picked up the cart in Canada during a major snowstorm and then transported it to the Samoa Shops.
“I was one of the volunteers on the streetcar trip,” Seivertson said. “You might remember the horrible snowstorm that shut off much of Seattle and Portland in February 2019. Well, three of us were there and headed for Canada. … The good thing about the storm is that there was hardly any traffic on I-5 in Seattle or Portland, so we sailed.
Volunteers have spent the past two years rebuilding the cart and keeping it running while stores were closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Getting the cart into fully operational mode was definitely a challenge, even for the talented THA volunteers,” Seivertson said. “Bernie Christen led the project and it literally started from scratch. The cart, as it appeared in the movie, did not have a drive system, so he had to design and build it. The real cart chassis comes from a crew car speeder, so part of Bernie figured it out, the rest was often trial and error. In the end it’s over and it works well. After operating on him, I can assure you that all the THA volunteers involved are delighted.
Due to government restrictions on public transportation, masks will be required for all trolley drivers. If you forget yours, the volunteers of the Timber Heritage Association will be happy to give you one. The fare is a $ 5 cash donation for all cyclists except small children who ride on an adult’s lap. Unlike the popular cable cars in San Francisco, all passengers must remain seated. For more information, visit boisheritage.org.