Heritage Railway & Carousel Company

Heritage Railway & Carousel Company in North Bay, Nipissing District, Canada | Rail

The dream of two men, Stan Lawlor and Rod Johnston, to create a "Miniature" Railway and preserve the heritage of Rail in North Bay, became a reality July 29th, 1994 with the official opening of the Heritage Railway Company.
A steam and diesel engine and two coaches were purhchased in October of 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio. They arrived in North Bay in February of 1994. The engines and coaches were totally refurbished, sandblasted and painted. During this period a large contingent of retired Railway workers from the CNR, CPR and ONR were enlisted (some 50 in total) to do this work and build a Rail line. The actual line, a half-mile, was completed in one week.
Also enjoy the laughter, music and magic of the Heritage Carousel and the brand new Winter Wonderland Carousel located along Memorial Drive at North Bay's Waterfront.
In late 1998, Barry Jacobs, a volunteer of the Heritage Railway, suggested to Rod Johnston, Chairman, that perhaps a carousel might be a good next addition to the attraction. A meeting was held at the home of Edna Scott, a local carousel enthusiast, and a business plan was developed.
The City of North Bay administration were approached and were supportive. Todd Goings of Marion, Ohio, was contacted to rebuild a 1908 Herschell-Spillman mechanism. Chuck Kaparich of Missoula, Montana carved 28 horses and the North Bay Wood Carvers carved 9. Each of these horses were put up for adoption and were adopted in about three months. Other parts of the carousel where then put up for adoption, thus raising funds to pay for the horses, and to paint and furbish the Carousel.
Local artists were approached to paint 33 horses and 28 original paintings of local scenes. A rocking chariot, stationary chariot, spinning tub and band organ were carved using local designs that reflect the wildlife of Northern Ontario. The carousel was assembled by its dedicated volunteers.

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230 Memorial Drive
North Bay
Ontario
Canada
705-495-8412
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