Car 153 is the last British Columbia Electric Railway streetcar of its kind.
It is all that remains of a three line streetcar network operated by the B.C.E.R. in North Vancouver from 1906 to 1947.
North Vancouver was a “streetcar suburb”. Residential growth followed the path of tram lines which fanned out from the ferry wharf.
Line one ran up Lonsdale Avenue to Windsor Road.
Line two went to Lynn Valley via Grand Boulevard.
Line three ran west along Marine Drive and through Pemberton Heights to Capilano Road.
Car 153 was one of thirteen double-ended streetcars in the system. A two-person operated car, with a motorman and a conductor, it was driveable from both ends. Passengers entered at the rear. When the end of the line was reached, the seat backs were flipped over to face in the travelling direction and the trolley poles on top of the car were reversed. The motorman took his controls and brake handle to the other end of the car and attached them to an identical set of control shafts before starting the return trip.