Catching Up with Former Silver King Principal Bruce Meldrum
It’s a vital part of Nelson’s identity as a community that values its past, but Streetcar #23 may have never seen its rebirth if not for the vision of a former Selkirk College administrator who helped pluck the storied people-mover from a pathway towards total disappearance.
Streetcar #23 is put into place at the Selkirk College Silver King Campus in November, 1982. The dilapidated streetcar would stay at the Rosemont campus for six years while it was restored and then finally moved in 1988.
In 1981, Bruce Meldrum was the Principal at Selkirk College’s Silver King Campus and in his spare time took on the role of President of the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce. When Meldrum caught wind of the rumblings to rescue the dilapidated streetcar from the backyard of a property on the North Shore of Kootenay Lake, he quickly became involved.
“To be quite honest, when we pulled it out I really thought we probably should have burned it at that time,” Meldrum remembers. “It was only half there, it was a real mess.”
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