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The auxiliary was an emergency unit that responded to derailments from Saint John, New Brunswick to the Quebec border through Maine, and as far as Edmundston, New Brunswick.

This exhibit includes a ¾ scale replica auxiliary car, tools and first aid supplies used by the auxiliary crew, and storyboards that describe some of the notable train wrecks that were serviced so tirelessly by Canadian Pacific Railway workers. It tells the story of the Canadian Pacific Railway auxiliary car that was based in McAdam beginning in the early 1900s at the inception of this Canadian Pacific Railway station until 1981.

The General Car Foreman in McAdam was responsible for the auxiliary and was provided a combined office and sleeping quarters in one of the rail cars. The train would have also had a medic’s room with first aid equipment and cooks’ quarters.

Much of the equipment on display in this exhibit was made in the carpenter shop in the McAdam Rail Yards.