April 25, 2013 ─ Exporail, The Canadian Railway Museum continues the legacy of those who built Canada's rich railway heritage. With more than 160 cars, 10 000 artefacts, a centennial railway station, 690 model trains and four buildings typical of rail infrastructures, Exporail is considered as Canada’s most important collection of railway equipment.
Enter Canada’s exciting railway adventure via the main gallery “train station” where a replica of the steam locomotive Dorchester awaits. Stroll along the theme platforms, explore the historic vehicles and delve into a different era dominated by the wonder of rail transport.
Budding engineers will enjoy exploring The Little Railroader’s Car – CPR No. 3987, a 1913 wooden Canadian Pacific Railway baggage car transformed into a fun place for kids to learn about life on the railway.
No railway museum would be complete without a model trains! This exhibition showcases a remarkable 4.87m by 12.5m HO scale (1/87 or 1 mm = 87 mm) layout that depicts typical Canadian railway operations and scenes with a train servicing terminal, industries, rural settings, a mining operation and a small town. The museum also houses an archives centre, a coffee shop and, of course, a gift shop.
You can even ride the rails! Depending upon the season, climb aboard the miniature railway, streetcar, or passenger train. Open year round, the railway museum offers guided tours and hosts theme days to celebrate rail transport.
And to think that railway fever all began with a short 22.5-kilometre trip between La Prairie and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Quebec) at a speed of 25 kph!