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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.


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: …. and on our Facebook at /

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


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.
Click on each image for a closer look!


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

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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
 Click on each image for a closer look!


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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