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Executive director for Revelstoke Railway Museum to retire

Jim Cullen has served as the executive director for four years
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Jim Cullen running an engine at Champion Parks near Okotoks, Alberta. (Submitted)

Revelstoke Railway Museum Executive Director (ED), Jim Cullen, will retire from the role at the end of April.

“I appreciate the trust and support of our Board of Trustees, members, volunteers, and our many community partners and donors during the past four years,” said Cullen in a press release.

The search for Cullen’s replacement for the ED role is already underway, as the Board of Trustees for the Heritage Railway Society have until April 30, which is when Cullen will retire. In a press release, Cullen and members of the society reflected on his impact over the past four years in the role.

“We are sorry to see Jim retire as Executive Director” said Society President George Hopkins in a release. Hopkins added that Cullen had led the society through a tumultuous time during the pandemic and has overseen several grants and capital projects.

The Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society was incorporated in 1988 with a goal of reaffirming Revelstoke’s railway history. The society’s biggest undertaking was the construction of the museum in 1993. It was a grass-roots project that made use of local workers, supplies, and businesses.

Cullen moved to Revelstoke from Calgary for the role during the pandemic. Having amassed experience as a volunteer train historian for many years, Cullen transitioned from his work in the oil field to a railway foundation in California in the late 90s. He stayed in the realm of non-profits and museums until the position in Revelstoke came up.

He expressed his appreciation for being able to lead the museum’s team for the last four years.

“I have often said that museums are in the “forever” business, because society expects museums to be around forever. Executive directors are relay runners in this “forever” relay race – getting to do a few laps before passing the baton to the next director,” he said.

“I’m very proud of what our museum team accomplished in the past four years and our new director will be inheriting a great team.”

Last year, the museum celebrated its 30th anniversary and has racked up an impressive half-million visitors since its opening in 1993.

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Zach Delaney

About the Author: Zach Delaney

I came to the Revelstoke Review from Ottawa, Ontario, where I earned a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University.
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