“This is your Station … your Station to enjoy.”

Steph Armstrong
Staff Reporter

Barry’s Bay — On Sunday Feb. 26, Stationkeepers MV President, Joanne Olsen, offers up a lively presentation to the packed house of almost 50 people, beginning at 2 p.m. at the old Barry’s Bay Railway Station which is located at 19503 Opeongo Line.

The Stationkeepers MV is a non-profit group dedicated to preserving the old Barry’s Bay train station and promoting the local heritage associated with it.

“We are fortunate that the station seems to have always had supporters determined to keep it standing—from Hillary Jones, [who] saved it from demolition, to the dedicated railway station restoration committee and now the Stationkeepers. With the support of the Madawaska Valley Township Council and staff, we can boast hav[ing] the only remaining OA & PS (Ottawa, Arnprior & Parry Sound) railway station,” Olsen said.

Since the Stationkeepers came onboard, there have been many updates to the station’s identity: a new road sign with revised Station logo, new siding (now painted in official CNR red) and insulation, the interior walls have been restored to their original state, the track light and ceiling fans have been replaced by teardrop lighting. Electrical service and outlets have also been updated.

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