Originally located 8 miles east toward Ottawa, Nolan’s Corners Station was moved to RMEO in 1994. A flag station was used where there was not sufficient business for the railway to have an agent on duty. If you wanted to board the train you would take a flag from the interior of the station and signal the train to stop. The station served as a shelter in inclement weather.
Nolan’s Flag Stop station was originally stationed seven miles East of the Smiths Falls Station. It was the first stop North of Smiths Falls on the CNoR route to Ottawa. Nolan’s flag station was built in the 1920s and moved from Dwyer Hill to replace the original station that had burned.
This small structure at the south end of the main station platform was used when there was not sufficient business or passengers for the railway to have an agent on duty. If a passenger wanted the train to stop, they would take a flag or lantern from inside and signal the oncoming train to stop. Knowing about the station, the train would already be travelling at a reduced speed and would easily be able to stop.
In the later years only two trains passed through Nolan’s each day except Sunday. Train 445 passed at 9:45 p.m. while Train 446 going east passed at 2:15 a.m.
In 1994, Nolan’s was moved to the museum and restored by Algonquin College Heritage Carpentry students.