History of Trucking in BC

Posted by Daniel on Dec 3, 2010 - 1 comment

I paid a visit to one of BC's lesser-known museums this week, the Teamster's Freight Transportation Museum, located, for the time being, in an industrial park in Port Coquitlam.

The team of volunteers who run the museum is led by Norm Lynch, a retired trucker and trucking enthusiast. Lynch began the facility in 1996 using a core collection of old trucks formerly owned by Aubrey "Bob" King, a Vancouver businessman and cartage company operator.

The number of trucks at the museum has now grown to 21, including the beautifully restored 1936 Indiana pictured above, once owned by Andy Craig, onetime trucker and author of the only history of the industry in BC. It was the first commercial vehicle to drive across the newly-opened Coquihalla Highway when it opened in 1986, with Craig at the wheel. He died the following year.

The museum collection also contains a trio of Chevy Maple Leafs, a 1935 Dodge Airflow, a 1929 shell tanker and many others, each lovingly restored and gleaming with a fresh coat of paint. When I visited, the collection of memorabilia and photographs was all packed up and ready for a move to new premises in the New Year.

In the meantime, if you are interested in old trucks, here is the perfect website for you.