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Anglophone East Regional Heritage Fair (Hopewell Cape)
The St. Martins Train
The St. Martins train that was being constructed in 1871 it ran from St.Martins to Hampton NB. Shipbuilding was slowing down and the people needed a way to get there goods and themselves to Hampton where it connected with the inter-colonial railway.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
There were some fun facts about this project, like the fact that they built the railway on the beach in St. Martins. This wasn't the smartest thing to do in the world because every-time there was a storm the rails would wash out. Another fun fact was, as the conductor and passengers were having a snack on the train they would throw there apple cores out of the window. Today the pathway along the old rail bed is littered with apple trees.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I have learned the importance of hard work. The work that the people did to build this railway was amazing and will last for years to come.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
I think my way of life is easier. I like to work on outdoor projects and fun things around the yard, but the people then had to work so much harder then we do today.