In those photo albums are a wide variety of photos I took. I was a kid who loved trains and I was armed with my trusty Vivitar 110 camera and just enough allowance to buy film and occasionally the processing. Man things have changed with digital photography eh?! Boy I sure wish my own photography skills had advanced as much as the hardware has. We were on a family vacation that took us to the Salem & Hillsborough Railway just outside Moncton. I didn’t think to note the exact date when we were visiting but here are some clues that I’m sure will help to narrow it down. This was our second trip to visit the railway. This occasion met us with a unique combination of equipment “led” by CP 4-4-0 #29. Providing the real muscle for the trains though was the railway’s own ex-DEVCO RS-1 #8208. I don’t remember exactly how it all happened but somehow my Dad managed to talk us into a cab ride in that RS-1. I do remember having the choice between this and the 29 though and there being little doubt and a great deal of consensus amongst us in choosing the cab of the vintage Alco. The train departed Hillsborough with the #8208 in the lead and would return to the station with the #29 in front as a scenic railway equivalent of a push-pull train. According to our crew the #29 really didn’t have enough power to move our train and the #8208 was doing most of the work – the art of synchronising the two engines was something to experience.
I’m glad I took as many photos as I did but wish, now in hindsight, that I hadn’t glued them into one of those photo albums with the sticky pages. Most of the pictures are not easily removed and I’m scared to damage them. I did scan in these three shots to post here and will add more as time and courage permit.
The railway is long since shut down but remains as a museum that is well worth the visit if you’re in the area. Check out the New Brunswick Railway Museum’s website:
Soon after this visit a tragic fire destroyed the railway’s shops and a very large part of their collection including both of these engines. The 29 was cosmetically restored and is displayed in Calgary now outside the CP offices (click here to visit rrpicturearchives.net to see it now). The 8208 was scrapped on site. What’s left is quite well taken care of though and the museum is well worth a visit and includes in it’s collection a former Island diesel, RSC-14 #1754.
P.S. Thanks to Steve Boyko for the quick note to correct some details from this post. It’s great to belong to such a great community.