Awaken Your Inner Child at Exporail!

17 May 2016

As of May 21st, 2016, Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum will be open daily throughout the season. Visitors will awake their inner child by discovering the largest railway collection in Canada. They will climb aboard several of the vehicles on exhibit and will experience the lifestyle of yesteryear’s travelers. Exhibitions, family activities and a ride in a vintage streetcar, on an outdoor miniature railway and in a passenger train nicely complement their visit.

New - Stop, Look, Listen: Incoming Train?
This new permanent exhibition on railway safety is produced by Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum in collaboration with Operation Lifesaver. It is intended primarily for children aged 3 to 7 years old and their parents. It aims to encourage families to be vigilant around railway tracks and to teach safe practices near railway facilities to young children. This project was made possible through financial support from CN as well as other players in the rail industry, including the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT).

The exhibit, presented at Exporail’s Hays train station as an interactive course with railroad-themed decor, facilitates the understanding and application of safety messages. Joined by their parents, young visitors take on the role of apprentice locomotive engineer, using their imagination, senses and motor skills to complete eight challenges. It teaches them to detect danger when approaching train tracks and to recognize the safety signs and devices surrounding them. The whole visit provides an interactive, educational, fun and preventative railway safety experience.

Until October 30th, 2016: Meals on Wheels
Railfans will find this exhibit to be like a culinary trip and gourmets will have a unique opportunity to discover the evolution of food aboard trains. This exhibition provides a look at the exceptional contribution made by railway catering to modern culinary art through vintage crockery, silverware, menus, archival documents and billboards.

Family Activities

  • A guided tour allows visitors to immerse themselves in the lives of yesteryear’s travelers (Saturdays and Sundays).
  • The model train room demonstrates the world of model railroaders through two interactive operating layouts.
  • Movie Presentation:
    • The Rocky Mountain Express movie (English version at 1:30 p.m., admission $4) propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building the nation's first transcontinental railway.
    • The Red Rocket (12 p.m. and 2.30 p.m.): 14-minute ride in a streetcar in the heart of Toronto.
  • Demonstrations (flexible hours, weekends) :
    • John Molson Steam Locomotive
    • Operating Turntable
    • Telegraphy
  • Rides:
    • Streetcar
    • Miniature Railway
    • Passenger Train (Sunday afternoon)

May 29th, 2016: Museum Day (Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

June 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th, 2016: Picnic by streetcar.

July 16th & 17th, 2016: Kitchen space, a visit on board the railway cars.

August 20th & 21st, 2016: A Great Passion for Model Trains, Model Train Exhibition.

From May 21st to June 23th, 2016: open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Outdoor site closes at 4:00 pm).

From June 24th to September 5th, 2016: open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (Outdoor site closes at 5:00 pm). Open on Labour Day. 

Exporail is a project of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, a non-profit organization.


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