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Louisbourg in Cape Breton Regional Municipality., Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
1. Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum Marker
Inscription. Cape Bretonís mining industry dictated the need of an outlet in Louisbourg to link the various railways around Sydney with Louisbourgís ice-free harbour, allowing for year-round shipping of coal. The first attempt in 1873 was a narrow, poorly functioning gauge line.

The S&L Railway, one of the most modern lines in Canada, replaced this in 1895. The volume of freight hauled by the S&L rose sharply during its early years. The number of passengers on the S&L, mainly employees of the mines going to and from work, reached a peak of 176,000 in 1913.

By the 1950ís the S&L had 31 steam locomotives operating over 116 miles of track, 39 miles of which was main line. The railway employed 400 employees, hauled 4 million tons of freight annually, chiefly coal, more per mile than any other railway in Canada. During both world wars the ports of Sydney and Louisbourg were staging areas for Atlantic convoys and the S&L was a vital link in the supply of fuel and steel. Until regular air service to Newfoundland was offered, both ports were also a terminus for rail and passenger traffic between Newfoundland and the rest of Canada.

Fascinating Fact!
S&L ran picnic excursions and blueberry specials that would stop anywhere to let passengers off, and pick them up in the evening. Hunters and vacationers would flag a
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
2. Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum Marker
train and get on, and the crews alway took a lively interest in the latest news along the line. Many times in foul weather and blizzards, the S&L sent out a locomotive and a car to take a doctor somewhere, or bring someone into the hospital.
 
Erected by Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority. (Marker Number 9.)
 
Location. 45° 55.535′ N, 59° 57.725′ W. Marker is in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Regional Municipality.. Marker is on Main Street (Nova Scotia Route 22) just from Huntington Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7336 Main Street, Louisbourg, Nova Scotia B1C 1P9, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. French Naval Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lobster Fishery (approx. 2 kilometers away); French Garrison at Louisbourg (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); First Lighthouse Tower (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); First Lighthouse (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); 19th-Century Lighthouse (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Louisbourg Harbour (approx. 2.1 kilometers away); Lighthouse Point (approx. 2.2 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Louisbourg.
 
Also see . . .
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3. Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Museum

1. Sydney and Louisburg Railway Station - Canada's Historic Places. The Sydney and Louisburg Railway Station is valued as the station and freight shed are the last remaining artefacts of the Sydney and Louisborg (S&L) Railway, the construction of which made possible the expanded and year-round shipment of coal from the mines of the newly created Dominion Coal Company. (Submitted on December 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Sydney and Louisburg Railway - Wikipedia. The Sydney and Louisburg Railway (S&L) is a historic Canadian railway. Built to transport coal from various mines to the ports of Sydney and Louisbourg, the S&L operated in the eastern part of Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia. The railway uses a slightly different spelling for the town of "Louisbourg". (Submitted on December 30, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
4. Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Station
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5. Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Station
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6. Sydney and Louisbourg Railway Station
This station was built in 1895 as the Eastern Terminal of the Sydney & Louisburg Railway. Following disuse in 1860, it was acquired by the Town of Louisbourg. Restored and operated since 1971 by The Sydney and Louisburg Railway Society, it has received the generous assistance of The Louisbourg District Planning and Development Commission, The Province of Nova Scotia, The Government of Canada, The Cape Breton Development Corporation, The Nova Scotia Museum and many dedicated individuals.
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By Barry Swackhamer, July 3, 2014
7. Sydney and Louisburg Railway Memorial
Placed here in loving memory of
Deceased S. and L. Employees and
Society Members

On the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary
of the Opening of
The Sydney and Louisburg Railway Station
Dated this 18th day of June, 1995
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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