St. John Valley

All aboard for the railroad museum

FORT KENT, Maine — On May 16, the St. John Valley Senior College has made a reservation for interested participants to travel to Edmundston, New Brunswick, to visit the Railroad Interpretation Center “Du Réel Au Miniature.”

The center includes an exhibit building which has hundreds of railroad artifacts. Visitors will also see a 900 square foot scale model of a railroad train traveling the country side. The layout includes the landscape, structures, railroad tracks, and rail cars.

The visit will include a walk on a 230-foot railroad station boardwalk, which leads to a miniature replica of a covered bridge. Participants will learn about the life of railway men around the 1900s.

A 10-minute ride aboard a scaled model train will culminate the visit.

Railroads were instrumental in the development of the area by providing a means of transporting goods to outside markets. Railroads also provided transportation for people to shop or visit family and friends throughout the Provinces and Canada.

Anyone interested in joining the trip should contact the Fort Kent Adult and Continuing Education Office at (207) 834-3536. Carpoolers will meet at the UMFK Sports Center parking lot at 9 a.m. on May 16.

Senior College offers classes, workshops and field trips designed for people who are over 50 years of age and like to remain active and have a keen interest in learning. For more information visit the Continuing Education office or www.sjvsc.org.

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