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12/01/2016

The Toronto Railway Museum (TRM) Operating Hours

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. A miniature train ride operates on weekends and holidays 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.

11/03/2016

The 16th Annual Hamilton & District Layout Tour - This Saturday!


The Hamilton-centred HO Model Engineers Society (HOMES)  is holding their annual layout tour as follows:

Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9am to 5pm.

They will have 24 home and club layouts in N, HO, and O scales, standard and narrow gauge, from Burlington to Beamsville, plus Hamilton itself. Six of these layouts have never been in the tour before, and three others haven’t been on for a while.

One of the layouts on the tour should not be missed.  It is Lex Parker's Denver & Rio Grande Western layout.   It is incredibly well done.  Above and below are a few images of the layout which don't do it justice.

A special addition will be the Burlington Junction Station (Freeman Station), which is undergoing renovations and building a G-scale historical diorama as part of its display.

Admission to the tour is $5 per person, and the Guide Book is your ticket.

Purchase your Guide Book at these locaitons:
  • Dundas Valley Hobby, Modellers' Choice in Hamilton,
  • Just Train Crazy in Beamsville,
  • Credit Valley Railway Co in Mississauga,
  • Paris Junction Hobby, and Broughdale Hobby in London
Get your book in advance and plan your day!

On the day of the tour, guide books will also be available from 9am at the HOMES location, in the Eva Rothwell Centre at 460 Wentworth Street North.

Click on each image for a closer look!



10/27/2016

Visit the Niagara Train Shows this weekend!


The Niagara Model Railway Train Show, hosted by the Niagara Railway Museum, is happening once again as follows:

Sunday, October 30th, 2016
10:00 am – 3:30 pm

@ Merritton Community Centre
7 Park Avenue, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2P 1P9

Admission:
Adult: $5.00
Under 12: Free (with adult)

Free Parking
OVER 7000 SQUARE FEET OF VENDORS, LAYOUTS AND DISPLAYS

More details can be found at:  

http://www.nfrm.ca/nfmrs.php

10/07/2016

Progress report: Restoring the light box on our CNR Northern #6213

As many of you are aware, we are in the midst of a restoration process to continue to restoration process on our CNR Northern #6213 steam locomotive.  Dan Cheer has been addressing a number of metal working challenges in this effort. His most recent challenge is the restoration of the light box which display the engine number on the top front of the locomotive. 

"Part of the ongoing 6213 restoration work involved the repair of some corroded channels used to retain the 6213 light panels on the front of the locomotive.

The channel damage was evident from ground level, but upon removal and inspection the entire unit turned out to be severely corroded, with almost all of the lower half requiring replacement.

Work began by stripping the interior and exterior paint off to reveal as much damage as possible without compromising the structure. Next, 1/16th inch panels were welded to the base to stabilise it and seal around the lower bolt mount. Because the old steel was so corroded, it wasn’t always possible to butt new steel up to the old, and plates had to be made to sit over the corroded area.

In an ideal world, new sheet metal would be fabricated to replace wholesale the base and sides, however we do not have the required guillotine and folding tools to do a suitable job, so patching is the next best option. The goal here is to retain the shape and dimensions as accurately as possible, so future restorers have a solid example to build a new one from.

This unit had been repaired many times with bondo and brazing evident, however new steel had not been used and no real rust prevention was employed. It’s fortunate this work has been completed now as the corrosion would only have continued unchecked." - Dan Cheer

For more detailed pictures of the restoration effort, click here.

Click on each image for a closer look!






9/21/2016

UPDATE #2: The Porter locomotive is now safely in Roundhouse Park!

The Porter locomotive was successfully moved to the Toronto Railway Museum on Monday September 19th in a highly efficient operation by McCulloch Movers. Loading, travelling and unloading took just a little over three hours. Thanks again to everyone who donated. The campaign is still open, funds raised will go towards restoration costs. Click on the banner on the Porter banner at the top of this page for more information.

Click on each image for a closer look!




9/17/2016

UPDATE #1: Our campaign to save the Porter compressed air locomotive!

The Volunteers, Staff and Executive team at the Toronto Railway Museum would like to offer an enormous THANK YOU to Greg and Laurie McCulloch ( see www.mccullochmovers.ca ) for their generous donation-in-kind of their services and expertise to move the Porter locomotive to the Museum.

The value of this gift has been added to our fundraising total that now stands at $7,355.

All additional funds raised will now go to immediate stabilization of the locomotive followed by assessment as to the feasibility of restoring it to service. Once again thank you to everyone who has donated so far.The fund raising campaign will be left open for a few weeks more at www.trha.ca (Click on the Porter banner!)

In the images below, you will find us building a length of narrow gauge track on our standard gauge flatcar to accommodate the Porter locomotive.

Click on each image for a closer look!




9/15/2016

Help us save a rare Porter Fireless Locomotive - Donate ASAP!

The 110 year old well cared for Porter locomotive pictured at the top of this web page is about to become homeless and must be disposed of within weeks. The Toronto Railway Historical Association (TRHA) and the Toronto Railway Museum wants to save it.   We launched our campaign to save this locomotive at the beginning of September.

All additional funds raised will now go to immediate stabilization of the locomotive followed by assessment as to the feasibility of restoring it to service.Once again thank you to everyone who has donated so far.

We will be keeping the campaign going for a time so that everyone who wants to will have a chance to donate. Every dollar we collect increases the chances that we will be able to make the locomotive run again

Click on the banner at the top of this page to learn more about this great opportunity to save this locomotive by making a donation.  As a federally registered charitable organization, we will provide tax receipts for all donations of $25 or more.

Your continued support is appreciated.

Click on the builder's photo below for a closer look!

5/27/2016

This weekend - Our annual Train Show & Doors Open Toronto event!

Join us this weekend for our annual two day Toronto Railway Museum's Train Show as we participate in the Doors Open Toronto program. Over 130 buildings across Toronto will be open for you to visit as well.  Everything is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Click here to find out all about this great weekend event.

Posting by Russ Milland 

5/24/2016

First Open House of the Toronto Model Railroad Club in their new location!


We have reported many times before on The Model Railroad Club of Toronto. Our last report was on their last Open House before they were forced to move from their home in Liberty Village.  They subsequently found a great new space in the basement of a modern building in the east end of Toronto and have incorporated many components of their old miniature railway into a new dramatic redesign of their system. Above you will find an announcement of their first Open House at their new location this coming weekend.

For a closer look at the above announcement, visit www.modelrailroadclub.com

Posting by Russ Milland

5/17/2016

Visit to the Niagara Railway Museum

As announced here earlier, the Niagara Railway Museum in Fort Erie held the first of three planned 2 day Open Houses last weekend.  We visited them and captured the images below to share with you.  Like our museum, this museum is being developed by a small group of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers and the annual progress is impressive.

Posting and photos by Russ Milland

Click on each image for a closer look!

Former Diesel Maintenance Shop
  
Newly acquired GE 50 Ton Diesel
Newly acquired F7 Cab

One of 3 Box Cars
Exhibits in Box Cars
One of several model bridges
Model Railway donated by Niagara Central Hobbies
Steam locomotive




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