Rotary restoring century-old train station

Rotary restoring century-old train station
Weeds have grown up along the rail bed. Graffiti lines a nearby wall. And its roof leaks pretty badly.
But the efforts of several local businesses and organizations are in the process of restoring Courtenay’s century-old train station to its former glory.
“Whether the train runs or not is irrelevant,” said Art Meyers, marching along the edge of the red-sided building in the thick fog wearing a Stetson hat.
“It rains harder on the inside of the building than it does on the outside.”
The Island Corridor Foundation-owned structure has fallen into disrepair, but an effort spearheaded by Courtenay Rotary will give the heritage site a facelife, thanks to a number of partners.
CHIC Liquid Vinyl System has already restored shakes on the side of the building, which now carry a 20-year warranty.
Pippa Atwood, president of the Rotary Club of Strathcona Sunrise-Courtenay, said their organization was happy to come alongside the Courtenay Rotary Club.
“I think this is an exciting project,” she said.
The Young Professionals of the Comox Valley have put up money for the restoration, and total funds raised by Rotary have now topped out at $37,000.
Ironwood Shake and tile Ltd., Western one Rentals and Got Gutters?, have all contributed time, money or product to the collaborative effort.
“There’s some sag issues,” said Got Gutters? installer Wil Roland of the roofline. “Once we pull things off that’s the crucial moment.”
VIA Rail passenger trains are supposed to be running by next year -which is the official centennial of the railway arriving in the Comox Valley, Meyers said.
Rotary has been working on the trail along the rail line. Currently pedestrians, cyclists and more can enjoy completed work from Fifth Street to 26 Street.
Depending on the amount of money Rotary raises interior renovations could be in the cards.
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