MILTON, ONT. — The federal government has announced funding of $139,500 to upgrade the power supply at the Halton County Radial Railway Museum in Milton, Ont.
The allocation will improve the museum’s power feed to its main shop and create a new power distribution system to other buildings, stated a March 1 release. The plan also includes removal of a line of hydro poles next to an overhead streetcar line, allowing safer maintenance of the line
Funding came from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
The museum is operated by the Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association and displays and operates historic electric street cars and other railcars along a full-size electric railway on two kilometres of track between the villages of Rockwood and Campbellville in Milton. The museum also maintains a collection of photographs, memorabilia and archival materials.
“We are extremely grateful for Canadian Heritage’s support for our electrical upgrades program. This project allows us to bring our service up to code, provide for expansion, eliminate an environmental hazard and remove a pole line that has made it impossible to maintain and renew the streetcar overhead in the west end loop,” stated Robert Lubinski, president of the Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association, in a statement.