Stanley Park Railway Revitalization

Stanley Park Railway Revitalization

Over the past few years, the long loved Stanley Park Train has fallen into a state of disrepair. The Stanley Park Railway Revitalization project, assigned to SFU’s Sustainable Energy Engineering team, looks to reinvent the Stanley Park Train for the next generation. Their electric drivetrain design powers the train in a fifth of the current operating costs, and eliminates all the ride’s tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions.

School:

SFU

Department:

School of Sustainable Energy Engineering

Course:

SEE 410W

Instructors:

  • Zafar Adeel

City of Vancouver:

  • Rosemary Yip
  • Krista Moyls

Student Team:

  • Felipe Patarroyo Singh
  • Mackenzie Calder
  • Pamela Subia
  • Thomas Hruby

Strategy:

  • Vancouver Parks Board Strategic Plan

Summary

HUBBUB ★ WINNER – FIRST PLACE

As Vancouver moves towards a greener future, our community must strive to promote ongoing sustainability in the world around us. Over the past few years, the long loved Stanley Park Train has fallen into a state of disrepair. The original gas engine that powers the train undergoes such frequent maintenance that it threatens the operation of the Railway. For the winter holiday season alone last year there were 24 service calls on the train over the train’s 30 day Bright Nights event. The Stanley Park Railway Revitalization Collective made up of students from SFU’s first graduating class from the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, looks to reinvent the Stanley Park Train for the next generation.

With our unique set of engineering skills across multiple disciplines, we have designed an electric drivetrain to power the train with under $10 a day in electricity, and more importantly, eliminate all the ride’s tailpipe greenhouse gas emissions. Further, our design, in line with many modern electric vehicles, virtually eliminates the train’s maintenance costs. The design fits seamlessly into the current train body, maintaining the look and feel of the ride people have come to know. The Stanley Park Train has been a tradition for thousands of families in Vancouver for generations. With our design, we will not only ensure the train is available to all who enjoy it for years to come but also provide a new symbol for Vancouver’s Sustainability goals.

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  • Stanley Park Railway Revitalization
  • Stanley Park Railway Revitalization