Ship railway model finds new home at museum

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AMHERST The model of the Chignecto Ship Railway model had generated interest at Cumberland County Museum before it even arrived there, according to Shirley Nickerson.

Ship railway model finds new home at museum

AMHERST The model of the Chignecto Ship Railway model had generated interest at Cumberland County Museum before it even arrived there, according to Shirley Nickerson.

The model, which features the station that would have been operating in Fort Lawrence had Henry Ketchums dream of the ship railway been completed, arrived at the museum on June 7 and will continue to be housed in its own small building but will be located on a concrete pad on the grounds as part of the museums permanent exhibit.

A lot of people have been asking about it, said Nickerson, the interim curator/manager at the museum. The railway project was quite controversial, both scientifically and politically, and the fact that it came so near to being completed but didnt get up and running created even more controversy.

The model, designed in fine detail by Bud Johnston, had previously been located near the border in Fort Lawrence with the Cumberland railway car, but was left standing alone when the railway car was moved last fall. The winter was hard on the small building housing the model, and one winter storm even blew it over.

The Town of Amherst donated the model to the museum, and Casey Concrete donated the concrete pad it now sits on. Don Cooke moved the building on June 7 with no problems.

It was a piece of cake, said Cooke. It was just a matter of getting it on the truck, and it slid on nice and easy.

The display will make a nice addition to the museum property, according to Nickerson.

Scientists and engineers are really fascinated with it, she said. In fact, we had one engineer in just last week inquiring about it. We like to have something for everyone here.

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Chignecto Ship Railway, Cumberland County Museum

Geographic location: AMHERST, Fort Lawrence, Cumberland railway

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