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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. Beginning in May of 2017, our miniature train ride will resume operating 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.


Toronto Model Railroad Club: Romance of the Rails returns! - Images

We went to visit the Toronto Model Railroad Club today and below are soem pictures of their impressive layout.

The show runs for one more day tomorrow - Monday, Family Day - February 20th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Toronto Model Railroad Club: Romance of the Rails returns!



11am - 5pm.

Please come out and support the Club and see our new layout! We will be running all the trains and showing off our progress so far.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Club,  visit our web site or speak to one of our members.

Great Family Entertainment Value – Admission is only:  Adults $8.00, Seniors $5.00, Children $5.00, Family of four $20.00.

The location: 11 Curity Avenue, Toronto (St. Clair East and O’Connor Drive) across Cranfield Avenue from the HomeDepot.

FREE Parking is available on-site.

The Woodbine bus - routes 91B, 91C, 91D - come right to our building.!

Please note that we accept cash only , no advance ticket purchase necessary 
and we regret are not wheelchair or handicap accessible.

Thanks and we hope to see you there!

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Visit the Special Christmas Train Display at the Museum

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The Toronto Railway Museum will be open over the holiday season as follows:
  • Tuesday, December 27th to Friday, December 30th - Noon to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 4th to Sunday, January 8th - Noon to 5:00 p.m.
 During that time we will have a special exhibit of over 50 pieces of pre-World War II model trains from the collection of Ed Levy.  So do drop by and visit with your family.

Ed levy is a Toronto Railway Historical Association Board member.  He is featured on the book - "My Grandpa Plays with Trains" by Myrna Levy.  The book is available from the Museum's store.

Posting By Russ Milland

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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.
The 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

Posting and images by Michael Guy
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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.

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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

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

Free Parking

More details can be found at:


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.

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