New Brunswick Railway Museum
|Salem and Hillsborough Railroad|
|Locale||New Brunswick, Canada|
|Built by||Canadian National Railway|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8+1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|New Brunswick Railway Museum|
The New Brunswick Railway Museum, owned and operated by the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, New Brunswick Division, is a museum located in Hillsborough, New Brunswick consisting of the railway's line last remaining steam engine. It was formerly known as the Salem and Hillsborough Railroad (S&H) before the rails were superseded by Highway 114.
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 first trial trains operated in 1983, and the line opened to the public in 1984.
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 1984 until 2004.
Since 2005 the site became a static museum as the New Brunswick Railway Museum, using the former excursion train as a centerpoint.
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