STRIKE UP THE BAND – Members of the Royal Canadian Legion pipe band from Branch 445 Callander, Ont. present some stirring tunes at the official opening of the partially restored Temagami train station. The event was held on Saturday.
Monday, July 28, 2003 - 08:00
About 300 showed up Saturday to inaugurate an historic building and to honour the volunteers who have put so much time and effort into restoring the beautiful example of a Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway station at the turn of the last century.
Officials from the municipality and the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission were there to pour praise on the restoration committee and Claire and Richard Smerdon, managers, who have been instrumental during the renovations.
Temagami Mayor Wayne Adair noted the station is just about completed and will serve the town as one of its tourist attractions. The mayor said the facility would not have been possible if not for the financial support received from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, FedNor and the province.
The restoration began in 1997 and the inside sparkles from the dedication of the restoration workers.
The downstairs still contains the passenger waiting room and the ground floor contains offices and a gift shop.
Upstairs, the mezzanine is being turned into a lecture room and display space.
The building will also contain photos and archives of the Temagami area.