Railway museum set to honour engineer, fireman who lost lives in derailment during hurricane

PALMERSTON – The Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum Committee cordially is inviting railway enthusiasts and area residents to attend a memorial dedication in honour of railway engineer Gordon McCallum and fireman W. Stewart Nicholson. 

The two Palmerston residents passed away in a train derailment in 1954 when Hurricane Hazel hit the area.

Committee member and event organizer Diane Gilbertson emphasized the importance of honouring the tragic loss of these men and invites their families and the public join in a dedication to their memory. 

She references the late Art Carr, longtime publisher/editor of the Palmerston Observer, who noted, “Hazel hit us very hard, and very close to the heart.”

Doors will be open on July 2 at 12pm for a special presentation at 1pm at the Norgan Theatre, 275 Main Street West, Palmerston. 

Afterwards, attendees are invited to visit the Old 81 Engine for a plaque and window image dedication and photos and later to the Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum to socialize and tour the museum. 

Those interested should RSVP to this event by June 10 by emailing museum@town.minto.on.ca, calling 519-343-4014, or registering via the Town of Minto Eventbrite.

Community News Staff