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November Interview: Randy Motkaluk of the Burn Fund

Every year, the Stanley Park miniature train plays host to various themes and attracts huge crowds. There is one event and one time of year, however, that attracts more crowds than any other. The time of year is Christmas and the event is ‘Bright Nights’.

As soon as Halloween is over the miniature train crew is hard at work setting up the spectacular lights and decorations ready for their biggest event of the year.

Although we filmed a great deal on the train this past summer we were very keen to include this very special time of year and show just how much the whole area is transformed.

For those not familiar with Bright Nights we should explain what it’s all about and the great cause that it’s in aid of.
For the past fifteen years Bright Nights has been raising money for the BC Professional Firefighter’s Burn Fund. Here’s their website so you can see what they’re all about:
http://www.burnfund.org/

During the entire month of November a total of 3800 Firefighters from all over BC take part in the set-up of Bright Nights and by the time they’re done over a million lights will be lit and ready to dazzle the crowds. From what we’ve seen so far this will truly be an event not to be missed!

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Randy Motkaluk, Director of Bright Nights, fundraiser for the burn fund

While we were filming the set-up recently we were very fortunate to meet with Randy Motkaluk who is director of Bright Nights and who very generously gave his time to talk with us on camera about the event.

He gave us a wonderful interview and talked in detail about the Burn Fund, the programs they run and why Bright Nights is such an important fundraiser. We encourage you all to have a look at their website and help out in any way you can.
Bright Nights will be running from November 29
th until January 1st so be sure to get your tickets early and enjoy one of the highlights of the year at the Stanley Park miniature train. Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster or you can buy tickets from the ticket booth at the miniature train. For details on ticket sales, train times and prices, visit: -
http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

We thank Randy very much for helping out with our feature on the train and we will be doing our part in getting the word out there about this very worthy cause.

Thanks for reading everyone, we’ll be back next week with another blog which we think you will all love!

September Interviews: Stanley Park Miniature train

It’s hard to believe it’s September already and to think our original plan was to be done filming by summer! We had no idea just how big this project would grow when we first started but when we look back on just how much we’ve achieved so far this year it really is quite amazing. I think the extra time we’re taking on the filming and all the new ideas that have come along will really benefit the final product when we release it next year.

We’re slowly making our way through our huge list of subjects to cover in this documentary but it’s still very surprising that we’ve only now gotten around to filming the miniature train. It was always the plan to go down to talk to the staff that runs the train but we always seemed to have so many other things to take care of. But all that changed when we paid them a visit recently.

So often it takes many emails back and forth to get permission to film something but when we told the staff at the train our ideas they were more than willing to help out in any way they could.

We gathered lots of shots of the trains over a few days - mainly the CPR 374 replica – and were excited to get three interviews with two drivers (Krista & Tony) and one maintenance worker (Marc) during our time there. Marc is now retiring so we feel very lucky to have spent some time with him at the barn hearing his stories.

We felt it would be a very interesting feature to not only show the train ride but to have a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes which most people never get to see. We hope to go back later in the year and show the preparations for their big Christmas theme.

We cannot thank the staff enough for all their help in allowing us to be there and also making us extremely welcome. John, Joe, Marc, Krista and Tony, thanks a million!

We have more news coming up later this week so keep checking back with us and thank you to everyone for reading.

KristaMoyls
Krista Moyls: Miniature Train Driver

MarcDupas
Marc Dupas: Miniature Train Maintenance Man

TonyHamaliuk
Tony Hamaliuk: MIniature Train Driver