New Brunswick Railway Museum, Hillsborough

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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 20mi 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.
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  • We enjoyed our visit. It's one of the rare places we have visited that allows you to walk through train cars and see them really up close! There is a bit of a rustic look to the place and smell too bu...  more »
  • We rode by and turned around to see what this museum was about and we were not disappointed. The gentleman in the office was very passionate about trains and the museum. He told us what we would see a...  more »
  • This place is an excellent railway museum with a ton of rolling stock, engines, artifacts, and information about the railway industry and transportation in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. I spent a ton...  more »
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  • This was a great find! The gentleman who helped us was such a nice old guy and so knowledgeable, we learned a hell of a lot about trains! Almost a personal tour! Some amazing train cars too, early 1900's locomotive and a 1914 first class car that was restored to an epic state. Stop by, learn, explore and support. Well-done guys!!
  • Play on trains....must stop for kids, or anyone remotely interested in a slice of history....
  • A fabulous find on a long journey. Plenty of trains to not only look at and admire but also climb on aboard. Lots of history and interesting information plus the volunteers here have so much passion for the trains and really know their stuff. Plus they are more than happy to chat and tell you all about the exhibits. A great place to look around.
  • Came acorss this by accident on our drive to Hopewell Rocks. It was closed when we stopped by so I didn't get to go in but I LOVE trains so I walked around a little anyway. Awesome place! It would be 5 stars had it been open but that was my fault, not the museums. :)
  • Great place and good info

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