Murray River station demolished

Steve Sharratt
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MURRAY RIVER — There was almost the sound of a ghostly whistle here Tuesday as a large dump truck hauled away the last bits and pieces of the old train station.

The 110-year-old building that was buried in snow through the long winter while hoping for a reprieve and a restoration was torn down in little time.

The village council opted not to proceed with any kind of restoration plan and had the little station — built in 1904 — demolished.

“I truly think the people here will one day regret tearing it down,’’ said village chair Garnet Buell, the main cheerleader for a restoration. “We’ve torn down all the heritage here.”

Buell was steadfast in his belief the building could be restored and that funds could be acquired through federal and provincial sources.

However, the bulk of the community saw nothing but an eyesore in the old building and one man even erected a fence so he wouldn’t have to look at the station.

The station had been left empty and vacant far too long, according to resident Wayne Burke who, like much of the community, felt the building wasn’t worth fixing.

“I saw it brought back to life with a tea or craft shop inside and an historical display on the age of rail,’’ said Buell.

“However, not many saw it that way.”

Geographic location: Murray River

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  • Stewart Smith
    July 09, 2014 - 13:28

    When our last historic building has been destroyed, when our water is undrinkable, when all the fish are dead, only then will we realize that we can't eat tourists.