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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. 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.


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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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.

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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 ) 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 (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.

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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!


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 


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

Posting by Russ Milland


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

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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


Minister of Transport Marc Garneau visits the museum

Federal Minister of Transport (and passenger train enthusiast) Marc Garneau visited the Toronto Railway Museum on Wednesday, April 27, to mark Rail Safety Week 2016.

Minister Garneau was at the museum to announce $10.9 million in new federal funding to upgrade over 400 railway level crossings across Canada. He also took the opportunity to tour the museum and see some of our collection of historical railway equipment and artifacts.

The minister was accompanied by Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for the local Spadina-Fort York riding; Julie Dabrusin, MP for Toronto-Danforth and Kate Young, MP for London West. Also present for the announcement were Mike Regimbal, National Director of Operation Lifesaver, and Michael Bourque, president of the Railway Association of Canada.

The 2016 edition of Rail Safety Week runs from April 25 to May 1. Throughout the week government and rail industry representatives are promoting increased awareness of safety around railway operations, and how government and industry are working together to make Canada's rail system safer for all Canadians.

This includes programs like Operation Lifesaver, which provides outreach and education about the hazards around railway property and trains. Through these activities, Operation Lifesaver aims to prevent collisions between trains and motor vehicles, as well as deaths and injuries due to trespassing.

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Canadian Council for Railway Heritage Votes to Integrate with ATRRM

The TRHA is a member of the ATRRM (see and a member of the CCRH (see ).  We supported this initiative which is described below.  The CCRH has struggled over the years to operate as those involved typically had significant workloads to keep their own railway museums going.  Don Evans, who is quoted below, was the President (now retired from that position) of the incredibly successful West Coast Railway Association ( see ) who have a wonderful railway museum in Squamish, B.C. which should be on every railfan's bucket list.  I spent a whole day with Don Evans at their museum and he shared an enormous "smorgasborg" of insights into Railway Museum development. I offered to take him for lunch but he refused as he had arranged for a catered lunch in their magnificent restored business car, the British Columbia, served up by their General Manager.

Here is the news release from the ATTRM which explains all:  

"The institutional members of the Canadian Council for Railway Heritage (CCRH) have voted to integrate into the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums (ATRRM). This move will serve to both strengthen resources in support of railway heritage in Canada, as well as to consolidate ATRRM’s role in serving Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums more effectively on a North America wide basis.

“90% of support activities undertaken by ATRRM are universal to both American and Canadian operations”, says Don Evans – Chair of CCRH and a Director of ATRRM. “This move will add greatly to the resources available to the Canadian members in the heritage railways and museums industry. At the same time, it creates a much stronger body to work with Canadian museums groups and Canadian railway regulators, activities that ATRRM has done very successfully in the U.S.”

Mark Ray, President of ATRRM says, “The Association welcomes the decision by the Canadian Council for Railway Heritage to integrate with ATTRM as this strengthens our bond with our Canadian members. Canada is rich in railway history, and is home to many of the best railway museums in North America. While ATRRM’s membership has included a number of Canadian members, this action by the CCRH and the formation of the Council within ATRRM will give greater voice to the Canadian members and truly make ATRRM a North American organization dedicated to railway preservation.”

Under the new arrangement, a new ATRRM Committee will be formed called the Canadian Council for Railway Heritage – retaining the same name. The committee will be active in museums and regulatory advocacy on behalf of all of ATRRM’s Canadian members."

Posting by Russ Milland

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