Middleton Railway Museum News Release
November 5, 2020, on behalf of the Board of Directors
For the many inquiries received through our Facebook group and web site, we wish to update all our museum fans (The DARmy) on the happenings past and present at the museum.
Starting in 2017, the museum started the paperwork process of acquiring the building and property from the Province of Nova Scotia to become a bona-fide museum. This required the facility to be closed while collections were re-organized, displays created and interior space reconfigured with our limited resources. In the process of compliance for the transfer process there was also remediation and consultation for the lands and building that took place throughout 2018 and 2019.
On the cusp of reopening in 2020 we were then faced with delays in the transfer of property and COVID19 combined. With a lack of time and resources to prepare and comply with COVID19 requirements in the facility, we elected to keep the doors closed for yet another year. Thankfully this year though we were blessed and were able to use the available time to acquire the legacy CNR 1521 steam engine for static display at the station to bring interest and authenticity to the museum. The once ubiquitous and forever venerable “10 wheeler” will be arriving soon and be placed on rails so generously installed by Canadian National Railways. The “10 wheeler” plied both the Dominion Atlantic and Halifax and South Western Railways that the Middleton Railway station served and will stand as an emotional and educational display for generations who remember and for generations that never knew the days when rails were king in our province.
We’re looking forward to greeting everyone back in 2021 and will keep our loyal following updated especially about the steam engine move in the months to come.
The Board of Directors