We will be open all three days on Victoria Day weekend - May 20th to 22nd. We will also be open on Tuesday, May 23rd BUT closed on Wednesday May 24th and Thursday May 25th.We reopen on Friday, May 26th.
The Toronto Railway Museum (TRM) is open five days per week (Wednesday through Sunday) and holidays from 11:00 a.m. (noon) to 5:00 p.m.. Admission to our museum exhibits is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Our miniature train ride is now operating on weekends and holidays (weather permitting) and is $3.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. Click here for more information.
We want to thank the thousands of visitors who visit our museum, enjoy the miniature railway and donate to the Toronto Railway Museum. Your support made it possible for us to continue to celebrate and interpret Toronto's fascinating railway history. Our hard-working volunteers continue to be busy restoring our equipment and preparing new displays. If you wish to join us in this endeavour, please contact us. We are always looking for new volunteers, no matter what your skill level. A desire to contribute is all that is required.
Go Transit Celebrates their 50th Anniversary - Part 1
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GO Transit started operations on the Pickering to Oakville "Lakeshore Line" corridor on May 23rd, 1967 using GMD GP40U diesel electric locomotives and fleet of single level passenger cars built by Hawker Siddeley in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The images above, from the collection of John Vincent, a TRHA volunteer, show these units in service on the first day of operation.
Today, GO Transit has grown to a vast network of operations with:
452 kilometres of rail
65 railway stations
69.5 millions riders per year (2015)
To celebrate their 50th Anniversary, GO Transit has acquired and refurbished an original GO Cab Car (#104) which is being prepared as a permanent exhibit for the Toronto Railway Museum. It will be open to the public beginning at the annual Toronto Doors Open Train show at the museum on May 27th and 28th.
To learn more:
Click here for more extensive information about GO Transit's history
Click here for more information about their fleet of equipment
GO Transit Celebrates their 50th Anniversary - Part 2
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As mentioned in our prior News Post, GO Transit cab car #104 will shortly be on display at the Toronto Railway Museum.The image above, by TRHA volunteer Dan Garcia, captures this specific cab car in service.
Derek Boles, our TRHA Historian, offers the following history of the car:
Transit cab car No. 104 was built as C754 in 1967 at the Hawker Siddely plant
in Thunder Bay, Ontario, now a part of Bombardier Transportation. GO
Transit initiated Canada’s first specially designed commuter train operation
that began service on May 23, 1967 between Oakville and Pickering.
A cab car is
a railway coach with full engineer controls at one end of the car and is placed
on the opposite end of the train from the locomotive so the train can be
operated in both directions without turning it around.
car No. 104 was retired by GO in 1994, replaced by the new bi-level cars with
much greater passenger capacity, and then sold to the "Agence
métropolitaine de transport" for commuter operations in the Montreal area.
The AMC removed the car from service in 2010 and it was purchased by the
"Société de chemin de fer de la Gaspésie" for passenger service in
Eastern Quebec province. No. 104 was reacquired by Metrolinx in January 2017
and restored to its GO Transit operational appearance in order to celebrate the
50th anniversary of the establishment of the provincial commuter agency and the
permanent display of the car at the Toronto Railway Museum."
The image below captures the refurbished GO Cab Car #104 waiting in the Mimico Yards on Friday, May 12th to be transported overnight to the Toronto Railway Museum.
GO Transit Celebrates their 50th Anniversary - Part 3
Leaving Mimico Yard
Arriving at the Museum
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Transporting GO Cab Car #104 to the Toronto Railway Museum
In order to transport the car to the Museum, a complex plan was developed by the team of TRHA Volunteers and the plan wax executed over two days.
On Friday, May 12th, 2017, various equipment moves were required using our 50 Ton Whitcomb locomotive. That major objective that day was to move our massive CN Northern Steam Locomotive #6213 from the track beside the coaling tower as that track is the "delivery track" for incoming engines and rolling stock.
At 3:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, May 13th, an Anderson Haulage eighteen wheeler truck pulled out of Mimico Yards pulling a long truck float carrying the cab car and operating under a City of Toronto permit requiring them to arrive at the Museum as the sun came up to avoid traffic disruptions. Once it arrived, the morning was spent:
Lining it up with and backing onto the delivery track
Installing a long heavy ramp
Using the Whitcomb to tow the car down the ramp
Disconnecting the locomotive so that the car could be reversed using the turntable
Pushing the car to its final resting place facing Bremner Boulevard
Returning #6213 to its normal home track
We congratulate the GO Transit staff, the Anderson Haulage staff and our TRHA volunteer team on the very successful move.
The images below, by TRHA volunteer Stephen Gardiner captures the above action well.
Annual Ontario Narrow Gauge Show this Saturday, April 22nd!
Only a few days away! For those of you who live in the southern Ontario, Canada (or beyond), our Twelfth Annual Ontario Narrow Gauge Show happens this year is on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Schomberg Community Hall right in the middle of town, about 40 minutes north of Toronto off the 400.
We've got clinics, displays, layout, vendors, contests and plenty of horse-trading in all scales of narrow gauge. While local vendors servicing we narrow gauge modelers will be there, most of the exhibits are by modelers of their models and many wonderful mini-layouts. For many of us, it is the one time each year where we can meet and catch up with each other.
Restoration work continues on our Porter 0-4-0 Compressed Air Locomotive. In the images below we find our team of restoration volunteers installing a new pilot beam to the front of the locomotive.
Further restoration work to reassemble to locomotive is waiting primarily on restoration of the wheel sets which has been contracted out to a professional firm. Meanwhile, our crews are continuing to work on restoring the wooden cab as can be seen in the last image below.
Restoration of our Porter 0-4-0 narrow gauge compressed air locomotive
Recently, an historic Porter 0-4-0 compressed air locomotive was donated to the Toronto Railway Historical Association. Above we see it on arrival at the Museum.
Work on restoring the locomotive has begun in earnest. Her is a report by Michael Guy, our Chief Engineer, who is leading a team of volunteers in this work:
"The locomotive came to us in an intact but "stuck"
condition - nothing moved or turned. It was in very good shape for having been
outside on display for sixty years but it was time for some TLC. Over the last
several weeks we have been engaged in stripping it down to the frame which came
with a few challenges but we were successful in getting the wheels and axles
off last week without doing damage to anything important. Only one bolt had to
be drilled out, all the rest of them came out with liberal use of penetrating
oil and soft-hammer persuasion. The pistons and cylinders were looked at first
a few weeks ago and proved to be in A-1 ex-factory condition. This more than
anything else is what encouraged us to proceed. This being a compressed-air
locomotive, the cylinders were not fitted with condensate drains and both had
about a half-pint of oil in them. The air tank is likewise in perfect condition
except for some minor surface corrosion under the sand dome.
wooden cab is not original and is in quite good condition. It will get work
over the winter to replace some siding, the roof membrane and a refinish. All
the sheet metal associated with the cab was rotted away and is being replaced.
The wood pilot beam is being replaced, the wood drag beam is being repaired.
In the photos below you can see the present state of the
project. Disassembly is complete and we are set to begin cleaning and
reassembling components. In fact this has already started with cleaning of
frame, axleboxes, pedestal liners and wedges. The big surprise here was that
such a tiny locomotive actually had refinements such as liners and wedges.
The four leaf springs have been disassembled and cleaned. We only found one
broken leaf which is being replaced by a local spring shop. Our thanks go to
John Hatsios at Hardick Spring for expert advice and assistance.
The next challenge is the state of the axle journals which
are heavily corroded. It seems likely we will need to re-machine them and fit
split sleeves to bring the diameter back up. There may be other options and we
are looking into alternative approaches to this. If anyone reading this has
applicable expertise, please contact me off list." - Michael Guy