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Railway Club

An authentic excursion into a parallel dimension. Thick oak doors, wooden bannister railings, red carpet stairs, docket alcove, Stan the everlasting doorman conductor. A journey into a landscape. Pass into a long, narrow gauge room that runs three boxcar-lengths to the alley along Dunsmuir Street, and another boxcar-length wide along Seymour street at the front. The long room has a long bar, a bank of elegant, bunched up, burgundy velour curtains on wood-frame windows in parlor car fashion above old water radiators, running to the intimate, caboose stage-room at the rear of the establishment. Est. 1935. Originally the Railway Men's Club: a poker gambling club, founded by a group of middle managers from Canadian Pacific and Great Pacific Railways. Still holding one of the very last 'Red Circle' liquor/card club city licenses. This upstairs crossroads corner perch bathes in a sensational neon signage drama, over'the'years. The kiddy-corner St. Reigis Hotel medieval knight in shinning silver neon armour, horse, and sword. Also hanging in projection affront the deep-roomed popular Sportsman Café'a casting neon fly-fisherman and jumping neon fish against the black river of night. Pacific Stage Lines' busy bus terminal occupies the ground floor of this transportation building in the '20s, '30s and '40s. Neon scripts 'Montreal,' 'New York,' 'Seattle' and 'San Francisco' scat destinations above arched windows. This stellar Club evolves to become a main downtown, guttural musical train in Vancouver, known for venting a steady flow of urbane hybrid alternative musical acts. A musicians' bar.