TRURO – A trackless train may be coming to Truro in the future.
Charles Cox, left, and Rod Norrie made a presentation to Truro town council on Monday afternoon about the possibility of bringing a trackless train to the town. Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
Truro’s Charles Cox and North River’s Rod Norrie brought an idea before Truro town council on Monday that they believe would revitalize a piece of the town’s history. The duo sought council’s approval in investigating the possibility of obtaining a trackless train, a locomotive that would run on electricity or gas.
“It could be used for parades here and other communities to advertise our town. It could be used for sightseeing tours and people would come from all over for that,” said Cox. “We have (highway) Make Tracks to Truro signs but … not a lot to show for it.”
Cox said there are places that could sell used trackless trains, such as Europe, possibly for $19,000. Cox, a former town councillor, reiterated there’s a council “slush fund” of about $44,000 that would “certainly be within our budget.”
Truro Mayor Bill Mills confirmed “the money is still in reserve” and “there is an interest there. The model railroad show in the fall in Truro is one of the biggest in Nova Scotia and is well attended.”
Norrie, a model railroader and train history enthusiast, reminded council that the railway was a major part of Truro’s development. He said there are many people who continue to have a fascination about the local railway history, including unique facts, such as during the war trains were running every 20 minutes here. Also, Norrie shared, Halifax Explosion trains travelled through this area, and the roundhouse whistle would blow daily at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. It would also sound on payday and to signal snow removal time.
The men were advised to give their presentation to the town’s tourism committee, which could then make a recommendation to town council, based on more investigation into the proposal.