'That is a lot of pies': $400,000 goes to McAdam Railway Station for repairs

The McAdam Historical Restoration Commission along with the federal and provincial governments raised the money for the renovation.

Historic building that once bustled with rail passengers gets $400,000 from community fundraising, government

The McAdam Railway Station, built in 1900 and now a museum and historic site, is getting some repairs. (Joe McDonald)

The McAdam Railway Station, the historic building that became a museum after Via Rail abandoned much of its passenger service to the East Coast, is getting $400,000 for repairs.

About half the money was raised by the McAdam Historical Restoration Commission, which operates and manages the station near the New Brunswick border with Maine.

The commission sold pies and Christmas decorations and offered a catering service, among other fundraising.

"That is a lot of pies," said Elsie Carroll, the commission president. "But we do have a lot of support. All the workers here are volunteers."

Parks Canada will spend $195,805 through the National cost-sharing program for heritage places, which protects national historic sites. As part of the Built Heritage Program, the provincial government will contribute $30,000.

"This money means we can get a roof on the building and have it completed," Carroll said. "We do have a couple of leaks on the  building so this will preserve what's inside and what work has been done."

The railway station was built in 1900 and is a national and provincial historic site as well as a designated Heritage Railway Station.

"This impressive building continues to draw visitors to this area and contribute to our tourism sector," John Ames, the provincial tourism minister, said in a news release.

During the station's prime, the lunch counter served about 1,200 meals a day as 15 trains stopped in McAdam. The federal and provincial governments let the passenger rail service end in 1994.

Now, the McAdam Railway Station is an active museum offering tours, catered meals and a conference setting.

The station had about 30,000 visitors last year.

"They come from all over the province and out of the province," said Carroll.

With files from Shift