Wilno celebrates 125th anniversary of first train

Wilno Heritage Society (WHS) held a heritage celebration on Sunday June 30 to mark the 125th Anniversary of the arrival of the first train at Wilno in 1894 along J.R. Booth’s Ottawa, Arnprior and Parry Sound Railway. The event was held at Wilno Heritage Park with special displays and entertainment in the Polish Kashub Heritage Museum. (above: Music on the Front Porch) WHS President Peter Glofcheskie arranged for an outdoor model train exhibit to the delight of children and adults alike.

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From left: Ralph Olsheskie, 2 1/2, is mesmerized by the model train. Spectators enjoy close-up view.

Andy Laird from Cobden, who follows the Renfrew County fair circuit with his model trains, set up a layout that was almost too large for the WHS gazebo. In deference to historical accuracy, he brought only CN rolling stock. And for the young (and old) fans, he provided some high-backed bar stools so they could enjoy a close-up view. In case any visitors missed the display, the children’s scavenger hunt/railroad quiz included a question about the model train engines so Laird was kept busy all day.

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Engineer Ed Chippior drives the Kashubian Express; Linda’s Pony Rides distract Ralph from the model train.

An estimated five hundred visitors throughout the day enjoyed live music, a museum exhibit about the history of the railway, children’s games, pony rides and rides on the ever-popular Kashubian Express. WHS congratulated the volunteers for their part in making the event successful: Joyce and Ron (Scavenger Hunt), Richard, Dominic, Jack, John and others (Music on the Front Porch) Linda (Pony Rides), Cathy (Embroidery Exhibit), Sharon, Ursula, Carol, Larry and Viola (Sweets and Treats), Ed (Tractor Rides), Shirley (Train Exhibit), Bev (Event Planner) and special guest Andy Laird (Model Railroad).


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