New Brunswick Railway Museum, Hillsborough

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3.5/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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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  • I've been to the museum on two occasions, but now I generaly just stop by to see the various train cars. It's a great place to bring children and is good for photo ops. 
  • The museum was decent, certainly for the price. I would not have driven an hour to get there but it was on the way to Hopewell Rocks so even better. There certainly were some great things to see there...  read more »
  • Visited with my 2 year old twins. My son who loves trains just loved the whole place. My husband and I found it very interesting, like taking a step back in time. Worth a visit. 
  • 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.
  • Some very old train cars that you can expect. A history of the area.
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