Regional Development Corporation

McAdam railway station opens Maxwell Room (10/02/09)

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Feb. 9, 2010

McADAM (CNB) - The McAdam Railway Station celebrated the grand opening of the Maxwell room today, following extensive repairs and renovations to the building over the last few years. The event was held as part of New Brunswick Heritage Week 2010.

Finance Minister Greg Byrne, New Brunswick Southwest MP Greg Thompson and McAdam Mayor Frank Carroll participated in the ceremony.

"The restoration of the McAdam Railway Station is another feather in the cap for McAdam and the region," said Bryne. "The Province of New Brunswick is proud to be a major partner in this national and provincial historic site, helping restore this facility into a heritage and tourism site."

Byrne represented Business New Brunswick Minister Victor Boudreau, who is also minister responsible for the Regional Development Corporation.

"Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency's investments in projects throughout New Brunswick are delivering our Government's commitment to enhancing the capacity of communities in our province to overcome economic challenges and take advantage of their natural strengths," Thompson. "The McAdam Railway Station restoration initiative enhances this national historic site as a tourism destination and creates opportunities for it as a community focal point for events on a year round basis."

Thompson represented Keith Ashfield, minister of national revenue, minister for ACOA and minister for the Atlantic Gateway.

"McAdam is a community proud of its heritage and rightly so," said Carroll. "The restoration of this magnificent Canadian icon, the McAdam Railway Station, is a must to preserving the history of rail in Canada. Through grit and determination the citizens of this community not only keep the station open, but as well, have a vision that will see future economic opportunity as the McAdam Railway Station is returned to the bustling hub that it once was. In McAdam, we are building on our heritage to develop our future."

Built in 1900, the McAdam Railway Station is a National and Provincial Historic site and a designated Heritage Railway Station. The McAdam Historical Restoration Commission (MHRC), established in the early 1990s, has undertaken different projects to restore it as a tourism destination.

Phase I consisted of repairs and upgrades to the station. Phase II included renovations of the lunch counter, the telegraph office, the Maxwell room and other restoration. In Phase III, the MHRC has hired a co-ordinator to oversee the future use of the station, a fundraising campaign to support further improvements, and the design of a website to promote the facility as a tourism destination.

The Government of Canada, through ACOA's Strategic Community Investment Fund and Innovative Communities Fund has invested nearly $740,000 in the McAdam Railway Station project. The Province of New Brunswick contributed $63,500, while the MHRC provided close to $180,000.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce MacFarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; Erin Filliter, director of communications, Office of the Minister of National Revenue, 613-941-7241; Stéphanie Bilodeau, senior communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 506-452-3034; Frank Carroll, mayor of McAdam, and treasurer, McAdam Historical Restoration Commission board of directors, 506-784-2293.

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