Wellburn Collection

Before opening the doors of the BC Forestry Museum (now the BC Forest Discovery Centre) in 1965, Gerry Wellburn had been accumulating a quite extensive collection of trains and other forestry related items. He started his collection for his personal enjoyment and the museum for the community.

Few people know the remarkable man who collected donkey engines, locomotives, and tools of the logging industry; pulling them from scrap yards and out of the bush to create the unique living museum of forestry – in fact, B.C.’s first theme museum which guided the formation of places like Fort Steele.