Own a piece of history – Elmira, PEI model train for sale, to replace

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ELMIRA, PEI — A long-standing attraction honoring PEI’s railway history. derailed.

The Elmira Model Train, a mainstay of the Elmira Railroad Museum, was retired after nearly two decades in service and is now being sold.

After many years of showing visitors around on their own train tracks, it has become too difficult to maintain the maintenance of the train.

“Due to its aging condition, it was simply no longer possible to operate it,” said Matthew McRae, chief executive of the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation.

“It wasn’t some sort of train that was bought as a standard thing with standard parts, it was built almost from scratch by Barry Maloney. Therefore, it is very difficult to maintain because you basically have to put the parts together in a jerry-rig.

The main attraction

The train was built in 1979 by Barry Maloney and was operated by him at the PEI Miniature Railway near Alberton until the 1990s. In the early 2000s the Friends of Elmira board obtained the train for the museum as an attraction on rails.

The decision to retire and sell the train was not taken lightly, as it was a main attraction for many who visited the museum over the years.

However, earlier this year it was decided the train would be replaced by a newer road train, McRae said, which will likely be electric and have rubber wheels so it can operate without a track.

McRae said being able to use it on pavement means it will have more uses.

“It will run pretty much like a train would, it just won’t be on the tracks,” he said.

“Also, we could potentially take him to a parade or pull him off the runway that we have at Elmira if there was a reason to do so. It will be more mobile, that’s for sure. It will not be limited to the only track we have there.

CN Rail will help secure the new train, which could cost between $40,000 and $60,000, McRae said, and is expected to arrive by next summer.

“It’s not cheap, but with a little help from donors, sponsors and the province as well, we should be able to do it,” he said.

“The most expensive thing will actually be to redo the platform there so that it can properly support an electric train. It will be a bit more of an investment and we are working on it now.

As the model train has been derailed, a new feature at the Elmira Railroad Museum is gaining popularity – a new handcar was installed in July after being built for the museum by the Elmira School of Engineering. ‘UPEI. – Contributed

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As for the miniature train, the Friends of Elmira are accepting offers until August 31 from potential buyers who might be interested in buying it.

Although the train is no longer running at the museum, McRae said there are still plenty of features to see and try, such as the new handcar, which has been created through a partnership with the school of engineering. from UPEI.

“It’s a functional handcart like the ones seen in (the movie) O Brother Where Art Thou or some of those old Looney Tunes cartoons. Our visitors are welcome to try it. I know I’m excited to give it a try. the shot.

The handcar arrived at the museum in July and allows visitors to ride and ride a track by pumping it with their hands.

Other attractions include the museum’s interactive speed car, which also travels along a train track, the old McDonald’s caboose, and other exhibits.

McRae said the museum is constantly trying to add new features or refresh what it has to provide a new experience for those who have already stopped by.

“I know the model train was very popular with a lot of people and we know we had a lot of visitors here where it was one of the biggest draws, but there’s still a lot to see up there,” did he declare.

“There’s a new play area we’ve installed on site, a train-themed play area that’s only a few years old, so that’s good for the kids. You will also notice that some of the exhibits have been repainted and moved. We always try to add something new so people have a reason to come back.

Offers are welcome

As for the model train, it’s just a question of who will buy it, McRae said.

“He really is someone who guesses. My first thought would be collectors or train enthusiasts. There is no more dedicated group of people and no more passionate group of people than train enthusiasts,” he said.

However, no matter who buys it, McRae said it would take some dedication to make it fit to remain a public attraction.

“I don’t think that without considerable work and investment, the train will again be something that someone uses for a public system,” he said.

“It would be a lot of work for a public service, but I think it could be of great interest to someone who is interested in the history of trains, model trains or model trains. There are many more of these collectors than you might think.

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