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Encyclopedia > Dominion Atlantic Railway
Dominion Atlantic Railway
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Reporting marks DAR
Locale Nova Scotia, Canada
Dates of operation 1894 – 1994
Track gauge ft 8½ in (1435 mm) (standard gauge)
Headquarters Kentville, Nova Scotia

The Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) was a historic Canadian railway which ran in the northwestern part of Nova Scotia, primarily through an agricultural district known as the Annapolis Valley. DAR's corporate headquarters were in London, United Kingdom and after 1912 Montreal, Quebec, but was operationally headquartered in Kentville, Nova Scotia where it retained a unique identity and a high degree of independance until the end of steam. The company is still maintained on paper and is currently headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. The Dominion Atlantic Railway was unusually diverse for a small regional railway, operating its own hotel and steamship lines. It played a major role in developing Nova Scotia's tourism and agriculture industry Image File history File links Dominion Atlantic Railway herald. ... Reporting marks on two CP Rail covered hoppers passing Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, June 20, 2004. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit(Latin) One defends and the other conquers Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis - Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 11 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Rail gauge is the distance between two rails of a railroad. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... An inch (plural: inches; symbol or abbreviation: in or, sometimes, ″ - a double prime) is the name of a unit of length in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... A millimetre (American spelling: millimeter, symbol mm) is an SI unit of length that is equal to one thousandth of a metre. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... Kentville is a town in Kings County, Nova Scotia. ... Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit(Latin) One defends and the other conquers Capital Halifax Largest city Halifax Regional Municipality Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Mayann E. Francis - Premier Rodney MacDonald (PC) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 11 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Annapolis Valley is a valley in western Nova Scotia, formed by a trough between two parallel mountain ranges along the shore of the Bay of Fundy. ... London — containing the City of London — is the capital of the United Kingdom and of England and a major world city. With over seven million inhabitants (Londoners) in Greater London area, it is amongst the most densely populated areas in Western Europe. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Kentville is a town in Kings County, Nova Scotia. ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ...

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Creation through merger

The DAR was created on October 1, 1894 through a merger of two end-to-end systems, the Windsor and Annapolis Railway and the Western Counties Railway. The W&A owned the track between its namesake port towns of Windsor and Annapolis Royal, and had also negotiated trackage rights to operate over the Intercolonial Railway's former Nova Scotia Railway "Windsor Branch" between Windsor Junction and Windsor, as well as on the IRC mainline from Windsor Junction into Halifax. The WCR on the other hand, operated between Yarmouth and Digby. The gap between Annapolis Royal and Digby was eventually closed in the early 1890s with government assistance. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1894 (MDCCCXCIV) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... St. ... Website: http://www. ... The Intercolonial Railway of Canada (IRC or ICR), also referred to as the Intercolonial Railway, was a historic Canadian railway. ... The Nova Scotia Railway was incorporated March 31, 1853 to build railway lines from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Pictou, Nova Scotia by way of Truro, Nova Scotia, from Halifax to Victoria Beach (near Digby, Nova Scotia by way of Windsor, Nova Scotia, and from Truro, Nova Scotia to the border... Windsor Junction is located at 44°4721N, 63°3832W in the is a community in the Halifax Regional Municipality Nova Scotia 15. ... The current version of this article or section is written in an informal style and with a personally invested tone. ... Digby, Nova Scotia in 1906 Digby, Nova Scotia in 2005 For other meanings of Digby, see Digby Digby is a town in western Nova Scotia which lies on the Annapolis Basin of the Bay of Fundy. ...


The merger forming the DAR was for financial and operational reasons and permitted trains to operate continuously between Yarmouth and Halifax, the latter via trackage rights over the Intercolonial Railway from Windsor Junction. The transaction came about in 1893 when the W&A was authorized by the provincial legislature to purchase the WCR for $265,000. Intercolonial Railway of Canada logo or herald The Intercolonial Railway of Canada (IRC), also referred to as the Intercolonial Railway, was a historic Canadian railway. ...


Although the DAR technically connected to the Intercolonial Railway at Windsor, the IRC rarely operated on this line and left it to the DAR beyond the mainline connection at Windsor Junction. The DAR system also connected with the Midland Railway at Windsor, the Nova Scotia Central Railway and the Middleton and Victoria Beach Railway at Middleton, and the Halifax and Southwestern Railway at Yarmouth. The NSCR and M&VBR were both eventually purchased by the H&SW. Intercolonial Railway of Canada logo or herald The Intercolonial Railway of Canada (IRC), also referred to as the Intercolonial Railway, was a historic Canadian railway. ... St. ... Windsor Junction is located at 44°4721N, 63°3832W in the is a community in the Halifax Regional Municipality Nova Scotia 15. ... St. ... There are three Middletons in Nova Scotia. ... The Halifax and Southwestern Railway (H&SW) was a historic Canadian railway operating in the province of Nova Scotia. ... The current version of this article or section is written in an informal style and with a personally invested tone. ...


The DAR also had a branch north of Kentville to Kingsport, the former Cornwallis Valley Railway completed in 1889. A westward extensive of this branch was started in 1905 on a line formally chartered as the North Mountain Railway from a junction on the Kingsport line at Centreville west to Weston. It was completed in 1914. Kentville is a town in Kings County, Nova Scotia. ... Centreville is a rural farming community in Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada, located 10 kilometres north of Kentville on Nova Scotia Route 359. ... Weston Welcome Sign. ...


Also in 1905, the DAR purchased the Midland Railway, giving a more direct connection between Windsor and the Intercolonial Railway at Truro where lines headed east to Pictou and Cape Breton Island, and west to New Brunswick. Intercolonial Railway of Canada logo or herald The Intercolonial Railway of Canada (IRC), also referred to as the Intercolonial Railway, was a historic Canadian railway. ... One of Truros tree sculptures Truro (2001 population 11,457; area population 44,276) is a town in central Nova Scotia, Canada. ... Pictou is a Canadian town on the northern coast of Pictou County, Nova Scotia. ... Nova Scotia peninsula (white), and Cape Breton Island (red) Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada NASA landsat photo of Cape Breton Island Cape Breton Island (French: île du Cap-Breton, Scottish Gaelic: Eilean Cheap Breatuinn, Míkmaq: Únamakika, simply: Cape Breton) is an island on the Atlantic coast of North... Motto: Spem reduxit (Hope restored) Capital Fredericton Largest city Saint John Official languages English, French (the only constitutionally bilingual province in the country) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Herménégilde Chiasson - Premier Shawn Graham (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 10 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st...


Passenger Service

The DAR exploited its steamship connections to develop a high level of passenger service not usually seen on regional railways. In addition to a busy schedule of mixed and express trains, the DAR operated several prominent named trains "The Flying Bluenose" and "the New Yorker" connecting with Boston and New York steamships in the summer. The railway bought the first Pullman parlour cars in all of Canada for this service. Influenced by promotional themes from Yarmouth steamship companies, the DAR developed an identity as "The Land of Evangeline Route" exploiting interest in Longfellow's poem about the Acadians. This promotion grew to include a whole series of posters, postcards, books, named locomotives and a prominent herald depicting Evangeline which was seen on all DAR publications and most locomotives. The DAR purchased and developed a park in Grand Pre dedicated to the memory of the Acadians which became not only a popular tourism destination but also a shrine to Acadian people.


Marine operations

The DAR maintained a strategic link between Halifax and the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine ports of Windsor, Digby and Yarmouth. A key component to the DAR's passenger and freight business was through the connections with various ferries that operated in these waters, mostly from Digby and Yarmouth. A smaller service also operated across the Minas Basin from the smaller ports of Kingsport and Wolfville. The Bay of Fundy (French: ) is a bay located on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the U.S. state of Maine. ... Gulf of Maine The Gulf of Maine is a large gulf of the Atlantic Ocean on the northeastern coast of North America. ... St. ... Digby, Nova Scotia in 1906 Digby, Nova Scotia in 2005 For other meanings of Digby, see Digby Digby is a town in western Nova Scotia which lies on the Annapolis Basin of the Bay of Fundy. ... The current version of this article or section is written in an informal style and with a personally invested tone. ... Minas Basin is the eastern arm of the Bay of Fundy. ... Wolfville streetscape, spring 2006. ...


In 1901, the DAR owned and operated 9 steamships in the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin services, serving routes between Digby-Saint John, New Brunswick with connections to the CPR and IRC, and Kingsport-Parrsboro-Wolfville connecting at Parrsboro with the Cumberland Railway's line to Springhill; the MV Kipawo being the 13th and last vessel on this particular service. The service was terminated during World War II after the vessel was requisitioned by the Royal Canadian Navy. The Bay of Fundy (French: ) is a bay located on the Atlantic coast of North America, on the northeast end of the Gulf of Maine between the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, with a small portion touching the U.S. state of Maine. ... Minas Basin is the eastern arm of the Bay of Fundy. ... Saint John[3] is the largest city in the province of New Brunswick and the oldest incorporated city in Canada. ... Main Street Parrsboro Parrsboro is a town located in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada, at 45. ... Wolfville streetscape, spring 2006. ... The Cumberland Railway and Coal Company is a defunct Canadian industrial company with interests in coal mines in Springhill, Nova Scotia and a railway that operated from Springhill Junction to Parrsboro. ... Springhill is a small Canadian town in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. ... MV Kipawo is a historic Canadian passenger and freight ferry. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... For history after 1968, see Canadian Forces Maritime Command The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was the navy of Canada from 1911 until 1968 when the three Canadian armed services were unified to form the Canadian Forces. ...


In 1904, service was expanded to use 3 surplus steamships to include a Gulf of Maine operation between Yarmouth-Boston and Yarmouth-New York. These services launched the DAR into the forefront of Nova Scotia's nascent tourist industry and the railway subsequently built a resort hotel at Digby (the "Digby Pines") and classic hotels in Kentville (the "Cornwallis Inn") and Yarmouth (the "Grand Hotel"). Gulf of Maine The Gulf of Maine is a large gulf of the Atlantic Ocean on the northeastern coast of North America. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the state of New York and the entire United States. ...


Apple Industry

The DAR was closley tied to the apple industry of Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. The arrival of the railway in the 1860s transformed apples from a minor crop to a large export industry, eventually shipping millions of barrels every year as the major supplier of apples to the United Kingdom. Over 150 apple warehouses along the DAR supplied large special trains hauling fruit to ocean steamers at Halifax. These exports were curtailed during World War I and Nova Scotia never regained its market share in Europe. “The Great War ” redirects here. ...


Canadian Pacific Railway ownership

On November 13, 1911 the DAR and all of its subsidiaries was leased by the Canadian Pacific Railway, which permitted the railway to retain its independence in operations and corporate identity for many decades. With its own steamships, hotels and branchlines, it was regarded by some as a "Canadian Pacific in miniature". is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Saturday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... An eastbound CPR freight at Stoney Creek Bridge in Rogers Pass. ...


Throughout the First and Second World Wars, the DAR played an important regional transportation role, particularly during the latter conflict by being the sole railway serving a Royal Canadian Navy training and operations base on Annapolis Basin (HMCS Cornwallis), a Royal Canadian Air Force operations base at Greenwood (RCAF Station Greenwood), a RCAF training base at Stanley (RCAF Station Stanley), and a major Canadian Army training base near Kentville (Aldershot Military Camp). HMCS Cornwallis, Digby and Yarmouth were also important RCN operating ports. Ypres, 1917, in the vicinity of the Battle of Passchendaele. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km into the air. ... For history after 1968, see Canadian Forces Maritime Command The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was the navy of Canada from 1911 until 1968 when the three Canadian armed services were unified to form the Canadian Forces. ... The Annapolis Basin is a sub-basin of the Bay of Fundy, located on the southwestern shores of the bay, along the northwestern shore of Nova Scotia and at the western end of the Annapolis Valley. ... Canadian Forces Base Cornwallis (also CFB Cornwallis) is a former Canadian Forces Base in the western part of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. ... The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was the air force of Canada from 1924 until 1968 when the three branches of the Canadian military were merged into the Canadian Forces. ... Greenwood (2001 pop. ... Canadian Forces Base Greenwood (CFB Greenwood), also referred to as 14 Wing Greenwood is a Canadian Forces Base located in Greenwood, a village in Nova Scotias Annapolis Valley. ... Canadian Forces Land Force Command (LF) is responsible for army operations within the Canadian Armed Forces. ... Kentville is a town in Kings County, Nova Scotia. ...


In the post-war, the DAR was moved relatively late to replace steam with diesel locomotives. The railway experimented with two diesel-electric ALCO S-3 switchers, which were placed in service on July 1, 1956. Steam locomotives were not displaced until the arrival of ten EMD SW1200RS road switchers in April 1956. The SW1200RS' replaced the S-3's, and all but one steam locomotive, which was retained for a short time. The railway also saw CPR introduce two Budd Company Rail Diesel Cars in August 1956 to reduce operating costs of its passenger services which had previously been conventional trains hauled by steam locomotives. Its steamship services on Minas Basin and the Gulf of Maine were abandoned, although the company maintained the passenger/auto ferry connection between Digby and Saint John. The S-3's and the RDC's were lettered Dominion Atlantic, which makes them unique as the only diesel era equipment lettered for a Canadian Pacific subsidiary line. However, the SW1200RS' were lettered Canadian Pacific. Throughout the rest of the railway's existence, only maintenance of way vehicles, passenger timetables, tickets, stationary, and stations carried the DAR moniker. The American Locomotive Company, shortened to ALCO (or Alco) was a builder of railroad locomotives in the United States. ... Electro-Motive Diesel, Inc. ... Budd logo A rear view of Santa Fes El Capitan and its Budd-built observation car as it approaches the Raton Tunnel (Colorado side) on June 26, 1938. ... Budd RDC-1 #407 of the Cape May Seashore Lines. ...


By the 1970s, the DAR was starting to see its operations west of Kentville reduced almost to branchline status. The branches north of Kentville to Kingsport and Weston had been abandoned for lack of traffic on January 31, 1961. CPR began reducing its passenger service to minimal levels between Halifax-Yarmouth and Windsor-Truro upon construction of the parallel taxpayer-funded all-weather Highway 101 between Halifax and Kentville after 1970. In a 1969 agreement with the provincial and federal governments, CPR built a new passenger/auto ferry for service between Saint John and Digby, while the governments built new ferry terminals and connecting highways. Both of the new ferry terminals were built away from the railway lines, so that neither permitted rail-side transfers at the dock from passenger train to ferry, causing the Dayliner or RDC service to suffer further declines in passenger numbers. The 0 kilometre peg marks the start of a branch line in Western Australia. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Highway 101 is a highway in Nova Scotia that runs from the southwest end of the province Yarmouth up to the central part of the province Halifax. ... Budd RDC-1 #407 of the Cape May Seashore Lines. ... Budd RDC-1 #407 of the Cape May Seashore Lines. ...


The only bright spot for DAR was in gypsum traffic, a mineral that was quarried just east of Windsor and hauled to expanded port facilities at Hantsport. Prior to Hantsport's expansion, gypsum had also been hauled farther west to the Annapolis Basin at Deep Brook, however shipping operations were consolidated at Hantsport in the post-war years. Gypsum is a very soft mineral composed of calcium sulfate dihydrate, with the chemical formula CaSO4·2H2O. // Heating gypsum to between 100°C and 150°C (302°F) partially dehydrates the mineral by driving off exactly 75% of the water contained in its chemical structure. ... Hantsport, Nova Scotia is a small town located on the Kings-Hants county line. ...


in 1977, financial responsibility for the Halifax-Yarmouth passenger services was transferred to the federally owned Crown corporation VIA Rail from the DAR/CPR. (The Windsor-Truro "mixed" train service having been abandoned in favour of freight-only service). Owing to a 1983 change to a different schedule that provided a daily return trip to Halifax from all points on the line and better connections to to other trains at Halifax, the introduction of refurbished Budd RDCs, and a modest promotional campaign (including naming the train the Evangeline), VIA saw traffic quadruple to an average of more than 100 passengers per trip, eclipsing most of the decline experienced in previous decades. The "Evangeline" would continue until the mass cutting of VIA's branchline services ordered in the 1990 Canadian federal government budget. In Commonwealth countries a Crown corporation is a state-controlled company or enterprise (a public corporation). ... VIA Rail Canada (also referred to as VIA Rail and VIA; pronounced vee-ah) is an independent Crown corporation offering intercity passenger rail services in Canada. ... Budd RDC-1 #407 of the Cape May Seashore Lines. ... The Evangeline was a passenger train operated by VIA Rail Canada between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Halifax, Nova Scotia. ...


Railway decline in southwestern Nova Scotia

In 1981, Canadian National Railway, successor to the Halifax and Southwestern Railway, abandoned its trackage which connected to the DAR at Yarmouth and Middleton. On May 22, 1986 the DAR abandoned its tracks between Truro and Mantua, just east of Windsor where it continued to serve a gypsum quarry. In 1988, CPR announced that all of its money-losing services east of Montreal would be grouped under a new internal marketing division called Canadian Atlantic Railway (of which the DAR was one component, along with CPR properties in New Brunswick, Maine, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec). The Canadian National Railway (CN; AAR reporting marks CN, CNA, CNIS), known as Canadian National Railways (CNR) between 1918 and 1960, and Canadian National/Canadien National (CN) from 1960 to present, is a Canadian Class I railway operated by Canadian National Railway Company headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. ... The Halifax and Southwestern Railway (H&SW) was a historic Canadian railway operating in the province of Nova Scotia. ... is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... This article needs cleanup. ... The Canadian Atlantic Railway (CAR) is a historic Canadian and U.S. railway that existed from 1988 to 1994. ... Motto: Spem reduxit (Hope restored) Capital Fredericton Largest city Saint John Official languages English, French (the only constitutionally bilingual province in the country) Government - Lieutenant-Governor Herménégilde Chiasson - Premier Shawn Graham (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 10 - Senate seats 10 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st... Official language(s) None (English and French de facto) Capital Augusta Largest city Portland Area  Ranked 39th  - Total 33,414 sq mi (86,542 km²)  - Width 210 miles (338 km)  - Length 320 miles (515 km)  - % water 13. ... The Eastern Townships (in French les Cantons de lest) is a region in south central Quebec, lying between the Saint Lawrence River and the US border. ... Motto: Je me souviens (French: I remember) Capital Quebec City Largest city Montreal Official languages French Government - Lieutenant-Governor Pierre Duchesne - Premier Jean Charest (PLQ) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 75 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area  Ranked 2nd - Total 1,542,056 km² (595...


The fate of any possible resurgence in freight and passenger traffic on the tracks west of Kentville was sealed with the construction of final links in the all-weather Highway 101 between Kentville and Yarmouth in the mid to late 1980s; in addition, there were several large steel bridges which required major expenditures. By 1989, almost the only trains using this portion of the DAR were the VIA RDCs, which was experiencing passenger declines due to highway construction and competing bus services, as well as changes to VIA connecting train schedules. In the January 15, 1990 cuts to VIA Rail by the government of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, the RDC service between Halifax and Yarmouth was abolished. Highway 101 is a highway in Nova Scotia that runs from the southwest end of the province Yarmouth up to the central part of the province Halifax. ... January 15 is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Martin Brian Mulroney, PC, CC, GOQ, LLD (born March 20, 1939), was the eighteenth Prime Minister of Canada from September 17, 1984, to June 25, 1993 and was leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1983 to 1993. ...


On March 27, 1990, CPR abandoned the DAR's trackage west of Kentville to Yarmouth, concentrating efforts on the more-profitable eastern end of the DAR which hauled gypsum and served a concentration of industries in New Minas as well as a short remnant of the Kingsport line between Kentville and Steam Mill. On September 16, 1993 DAR operated the last freight train in Kentville and by October had reduced its western-most trackage to New Minas. The locomotive shop facilities were moved that month from Kentville to Windsor. March 27 is the 86th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (87th in leap years). ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... New Minas is a village located in the eastern part of Kings County in Nova Scotias Annapolis Valley. ... // 1400 - Owain Glyndŵr declared Prince of Wales by his followers. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... St. ...


Selling the DAR

Also in 1993 CPR announced that it was selling its entire Canadian Atlantic Railway subsidiary, including the DAR. Although the New Brunswick-Quebec section of CAR would actually be abandoned for a short period at the end of December 1994, the DAR was sold to Iron Road Railways, owner of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. The DAR operated its last four trains on Friday, August 26, 1994, just 36 days short of one hundred years. The Canadian Atlantic Railway (CAR) is a historic Canadian and U.S. railway that existed from 1988 to 1994. ... The Bangor and Aroostook Railroad or BAR is a defunct United States railroad company, that formerly operated lines in northern Maine. ... August 26 is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


Its successor, the Windsor and Hantsport Railway, has successfully maintained service on the remnants of the DAR between Windsor and New Minas, including the "Windsor Branch" to Windsor Junction and a connection with CN's mainline between Halifax and Montreal. The Windsor Branch remains under a long-term lease to the new owner. The Windsor and Hantsport Railway, also referred to formally as the Windsor & Hantsport Railway Company (WHRC), is a 56 mile railway operating in Nova Scotia between Windsor Junction (north of Bedford) and New Minas with a spur at Windsor which runs several miles east, serving two gypsum quarries at Wentworth...


Railway Heritage

A number of DAR stations were restored for adaptive re-use such as a town library in Wolfville and restaurant in Bridgetown. Only one DAR steam locomotive was preserved, No. 999 "Fronsac", at the Canadian Railway Museum in Delson, Quebec. DAR's business car "Nova Scotia" is preserved privately in a restaurant in Orillia, Ontario while a passenger coach, No. 1303 "Micmac", is preserved at the Canada Museum of Science and Technology. A snowplow and combine car are preserved at the Musquodoboit Railway Museum, near Halifax. Strangely, the town of Kentville, once headquarters to the DAR, showed little interest in the railway's legacy and turned down all offers to preserve equipment or buildings. The DAR's large wooden headquarters station, one of the oldest in Canada was demolished in 1990. In May 2007, the town of Kentville revealed plans to demolish the town's last surviving railway structure, the ten stall roundhouse. The move triggered a protest movement as it was the last such structure in all of Nova Scotia, one of the last in Canada, was still in remarkably good condition and many organizations felt it could be converted for public and commercial purposes. The roundhouse was demolished on 9-10 July 2007.


External links

References

  • Ness, Gary W. Canadian Pacific's Dominion Atlantic Railway, Vol. 1. Calgary, Alberta: B.R.M.N.A., 1988.
  • Ness, Gary W. Canadian Pacific's Dominion Atlantic Railway, Vol. 2. Calgary, Alberta: B.R.M.N.A., 1995.

 
 

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