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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.