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9/01/2018

The Toronto Railway Museum (TRM) Operating Hours

The Toronto Railway Museum is open 7 days per week from 12:00 p.m. (noon) to 5:00 p.m.. Admission to the museum is $5.00 for those 14 and older, and $3.00 for children under 14. The Miniature Train ride tickets are a separate fee and are $3.50 for those 14 and older, and $2.50 for children under 14. 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.

6/30/2017

Celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday at the Museum!


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Do come down to Roundhouse Park and the Toronto Railway Museum to celebrate Canada's birthday this weekend - July 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

This coming Canada Weekend will be a great time to come down and visit us because:
  • Our brand new Go Transit exhibits are now open - the original GO Cab Car (as seen above) and a great GO Transit history exhibit inside the Museum.
  • On Saturday July 1st we will have extended hours until 8:00 p.m. A spectacular fireworks display will explode from the top of the CN Tower right beside us at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 1st
  • We  will open additional attractions just for this weekend such as the Cape Race observation car.
  • You can now visit the brand new Rec Room "eats and entertainment" complex right next door in Roundhouse Park.  Both they and Steam Whistle Brewery will be open until at least 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Posted by Russ Milland, TRHA

6/21/2017

Toronto Railway Museum featured on CTV's "Knight in the Morning"


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Yesterday, our TRHA CEO and President, Phil Spencer, participated in the production between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. of a 23 minute long CTV "Knight in the Morning" episode on Facebook and a 7 minute additional episode on Twitter.

It was most interesting to see that Anwar, the CTV interviewer and Sara, the CTV videographer did all of this with a microphone connected to a cellphone used as a video camera.

These videos provide a great introduction to our Toronto Railway Museum! Well worth watching!

The Facebook video can be watched by clicking here.

The Twitter video can be watched by clicking here.

Posted by Russ Milland; Images by Russ Milland





5/25/2017

Season Opener this weekend: Toronto Doors Open Event at our museum!


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Once again this year, the Toronto Railway Museum will be participating in Toronto’sDoors Open weekend event on Saturday, May 27th and Sunday, May 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.  We will once again be featuring a modest train show in our three stalls as well as access to our restoration workshopsl.

Museum admission will be free on these two days. Regular rates apply to train rides on our miniature railway.

In addition to an expanded set of museum attractions being open for this special event, we are also featuring GO Transit’s 50th Anniversary with two brand new exhibits:
  • A fully restored 1967 GO single level Cab car which will be open for visits this weekend
  • An extensive display of historic GO Transit artifacts on display inside in our Museum
Also new this season is a comprehensive exhibit on the history of the famed CP “Canadian” passenger train from the 1950’s and you will have the opportunity to tour the CP’s Cape Race observation car and view the excellent restoration work underway by our volunteers.

So do come down and visit us this weekend!

More information on our Museum

Do also visit our two websites to learn more about the Toronto Railway Museum and the Toronto Railway Historical Association who develop and manage it:
 

 
 

5/17/2017

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)
  • 75 locomotives
  • 656 coaches
  • 505 buses
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 
Below are images of today's operating equipment.

Click here to read Part 2 of this series
Posting by Russ Milland; Images above by John Vincent; Images below by Richard Eriksson via Wikipedia

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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:

"GO 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.  

The single-level 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. 

Click here to read Part 3 of this series!

Posting by Russ Milland

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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.

Click here to return to Part 1 of this series. 


Posting by Russ Milland; Images above by GO Transit; Images below by Stephen Gardiner

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4/19/2017

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.

Details can be found on our website: http://www.narrowgaugeontario.com/ …. and on our Facebook at /https://www.facebook.com/OntarioNarrowGaugeShow/

Do come out and join us!

To see some of the fine modeling at past shows, view a jaunty little video at


 Posted by Russ Milland, TRHA
 




3/26/2017

The Porter gets a new pilot beam!

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.
  
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2/19/2017

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.

For more information visit www.modelrailroadclub.com

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