New Brunswick Railway Museum

Canadian railway museum located in Hillsborough, New Brunswick

Geographical coordinates: 45.9232 -64.6447

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English New Brunswick Railway Museum

The New Brunswick Railway Museum, owned and operated by the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, New Brunswick Division, is a Canadian tourism museum located in Hillsborough, New Brunswick. It was formerly known as the Salem and Hillsborough Railroad (S&H).

The Salem and Hillsborough Railroad was formed in 1982 by a group of volunteer railroad enthusiasts and retired railroad employees. They took possession of a section of former CN Rail branch line trackage which ran from CN's Moncton-Saint John mainline at Salisbury east to just beyond the village of Hillsborough, approximately 20 miles (32 km) away. CN had operated this subdivision to service a gypsum quarry until the late 1970s when the quarry was closed, resulting in the company applying for abandonment.

The S&H initially operated several historic CN and CPR steam locomotives which had been used in New Brunswick until the early 1960s when both railways completely dieselized. The S&H operated regular coach and dinner tourist trains between Hillsborough and a location halfway between Hillsborough and Salisbury, named Salem, from 1982 until 2004.

In 1994, a disastrous fire occurred as a result of an arson attack on the railway's engine shop in Hillsborough, destroying or damaging several locomotives and historic freight and passenger cars. The rebuilding effort took many years, during which time the volunteer base began to dwindle.

Since 2005 the site became a static museum as the New Brunswick Railway Museum, using the former excursion train, historical specialized maintenance equipment and several exhibit buildings with numerous railway artifacts.

The New Brunswick Railway Museum is open during the summer season and other times by request.

The museum is affiliated with: CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.

Source: New Brunswick Railway Museum

French Chemin de fer Salem & Hillsborough

Le chemin de fer Salem & Hillsborough (Salem & Hillsborough Railroad, S&H) est à la fois un chemin de fer touristique et un musée situé à Hillsborough, au Nouveau-Brunswick. Son sigle de l'AAR est SHRR. Il a un écartement des rails de 1 435 mm (standard).

Le chemin de fer fut créé en 1982 par un groupe de bénévoles et d'employés de chemins de fer à la retraite. Ils prirent possession d'une ancienne ligne du CN partant de la ligne principale Moncton-Saint-Jean à Salisbury, allant vers l'est jusqu'au village d'Hillsborough, soit une distance d'environ 33 kilomètres. Le CN opérait cette ligne pour desservir une carrière de gypse, jusque dans les années 1970.

Le chemin de fer utilisait au départ des locomotives à vapeur du CN et du CP, qui furent utilisées dans la province jusqu'aux années 1960, quand les deux compagnies convertirent leur flotte au diésel. De 1982 à 2004, le chemin de fer offrit des excursions régulières ou des soupers entre Hillsborough et le hameau de Salem, situé dans les collines calédoniennes.

En 1994, un incendie criminel endommagea le hangar ainsi que plusieurs locomotives et wagons. Les efforts de reconstruction prirent plusieurs années.

À la suite des attentats du 11 septembre 2001, les assurances du S&R augmentèrent dramatiquement. De plus, des travaux de réparation sur deux ponts du ruisseau Weldon, un tributaire de la rivière Petitcodiac, devinrent beaucoup trop dispendieux pour un organisme à but non lucratif ne recevant aucune aide gouvernementale.

Il n'y a plus d'excursion en train depuis 2005 et les responsables ne savent s'il pourra y en avoir de nouveau un jour, mais le musée situé dans la gare d'Hillsborough est toujours ouvert au public.

Source: Chemin de fer Salem & Hillsborough

fr chemin de fer Salem & Hillsborough