Acton Vale in Acton MRC, Quebec — French Canadian Region
Acton Vale Station
Erected 1986 by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Canada, Historic Sites and Monuments Board marker series.
Location. 45° 38.897′ N, 72° 33.82′ W. Marker is in Acton Vale, Quebec, in Acton MRC. Marker can be reached from Boulay 0.1 kilometers east of St-André (Quebec Route 139), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located next to the railway station, which was beautifully and painstakingly restored by the town of Acton Vale in 2010 in collaboration with Parks Canada. The Route Verte, a cycling path that crosses the entire province of Québec, passes adjacent to the station. Marker is at or near this
Regarding Acton Vale Station. HISTORY: Built by the Grand Trunk Railway, the superb Acton Vale station is based on a standard plan for all stations built by the GTR along its Montreal-Portland route between 1895 and 1905. The Grand Trunk, which acquired this line from the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railway in 1853, was Quebec’s first international railway and the first to cross the Eastern Townships. By 1919, the GTR was overextended and bankrupt, and four years later, it was absorbed by Canadian National Railway. When passenger traffic on the line declined in the second half of the 20th
century, Acton Vale’s station, like many stations in the Townships, was closed. Abandoned for years, new life was finally breathed into the old landmark in 1979 when the Société de la gare was formed. A federally and provincially designated historic site (1976 and 1980 respectively), the station was purchased by the town in 1983 and has since been restored to its former grandeur. Passenger rail service was restored in 1985, only to be cancelled again in 1994. The station is now used by the local Chamber of Commerce (located in the former "Gentlemen waiting area"), the tourist bureau (located in the "Ladies waiting area" and also provides an exhibition centre in the basement.
DESCRIPTION: 1 storey. Clapboard. Built in the neo-Queen Anne style.
(text adapted from "Railway Stations of the Eastern Townships" by Matthew Farfan)
Also see . . .
1. Acton Vale Railway Station (Grand Trunk) National Historic Site of Canada. Acton Vale Railway Station (Grand Trunk) was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1976 because:
- this railway station illustrates the expansion of the Grand Trunk Company railway. (Submitted on April 20, 2014, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
2. Acton Vale Railway Station - National Historic Site. (Submitted on July 24, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec.)
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