VANCOUVER(NEWS1130)- Vancouver’s two NPA city councillors are calling for the immediate restoration of funds for the cancelled Downtown Historic Railway.

Councillors Elizabeth Ball and George Affleck say they were disappointed to hear funding had been pulled.

“This motion that we’re bringing forward is really about restoring what is a really popular tourist and residential attraction,” explains Affleck.

He doesn’t understand why the city can’t find $100,000 for a service that runs all summer.

“We just passed a motion last council for fireworks for Canada Day for $20,000, for ten minutes of fireworks,” notes Affleck.

The Downtown Historic Railway issue will be brought up at city council on July 10th but Affleck highly doubts he’ll get support from the Vision council majority.

“I would guess they knew this was happening anyways and I can’t see them supporting it. I would hope they would, it’s the best thing for the City of Vancouver,” he says.

In their motion, the councillors say the city has spent millions on the preservation of the railway, including the initial purchase of the land from Canadian Pacific Railway and upgrades prior to the Olympics.

They want city staff to provide short-term and long-term financial and operational options for the railway.

The Downtown Historic Railway has been in seasonal operation on and off since 1998 and has carried over 133,000 passengers over that time.