NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE AND PROVINCIAL HERITAGE PLACE
New Brunswick’s early railroad history begins at the McAdam Railway Station, a National Historic Site and New Brunswick Provincial Heritage Place. This Heritage Railway Station is located in McAdam near a United States border crossing and is just a short drive from Fredericton, our provincial capital.
This magnificent turn-of-the-century stone structure portrays a time when railroading played a critical role in the development of Canada as a nation. Commissioned by Canadian Pacific Railway president, Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, the chateau-style structure once serviced over 15 passenger trains a day moving people in and out of Atlantic Canada, the Eastern Seaboard States and Western Canada.
Expert guides will share stories with you, such as the German spy captured only a few kilometres down the line, or the stir that Sir Winston Churchill created while passing through McAdam, or better yet, the intrigue of the waiting room murder. A formal dining room, telegraph office, mail and baggage room, lunch counter, 17 hotel rooms, 2 waiting rooms and a jail are all open for public viewing. There is also the auxiliary car in the Express Room. A man-made pond, created in 1900 for the steam engines to draw water, is located on site and now provides a beautifully groomed walking trail.
The rail line remains active today and it’s not uncommon to see freight trains rolling through, just as they did over 100 years ago.