July 1st: Niagara Falls Canada Day Celebrations

Come join us at Optimist Park, Niagara Falls, ON for Canada Day.  We will once again be located INSIDE in the main hall.  We are spot #1, just inside the doors to the hall, so come on out and see us, and learn about the vast railway heritage Niagara has to offer. 

July 2nd to July 4th: Open House

The next Niagara Railway Museum open house for 2011 will be on the weekend of July 2nd to 4th, 9am-5pm both days.  Displays will include all 3 of our locomotives, HEPC 0-4-0ST steam engine #46, HEPC electric locomotive E-7 and Ontario Hydro Plymouth Diesel 40. As well, the cab of both the Plymouth diesel and the electric locomotive will be open for viewing.  There will also be artifacts, photos, and model trains.  Outside the shop one of our track motor cars will be offering rides over our museum track.  For the most part, wheelchairs can maneuver through our building.

Admission will be by donation, and all are welcome. For more info visit our web site




The 175th Anniversary of the first train in Canada:  

 July 21, 2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the Champlain and St. Lawrence Rail Road, Canada's first railway.  The inaugural run was made on July 21, 1836 between Laprairie and St. Johns, Lower Canada. The 'John Molson' is an operating replica of its namesake which was built by Kinmonds and Co. of Dundee, Scotland for the C&StL  in 1849. It will be part of the celebrations at Exporail - The Canadian Railway Museum from July 21 - 24, 2011. (Stephen Low photo).

Exporail News, July 2011

Get ready for a big summer of special events at Exporail – The Canadian Railway Museum.

This July, come and celebrate the 175th. Anniversary of Canada’s first railway which ran between Laprairie and St. Johns, Lower Canada, with us!

Exporail will be open every day July 1 to July 31, 10.00 to 18.00 (6 PM) and will be in full operation.

July 1 to 31: From Everywhere to you at the Hays Station – This new permanent exhibition illustrates the role of rail yards and the management of rail movements. Learn what goes on behind the scenes in railway operation.

July 1 to 31: Railway Witnesses, Memory of a Nation – This new temporary exhibition highlights the important role played by railway companies in Canada’s history for the past 175 years. It is generously illustrated with artefacts from the CRHA Archives.

 July 21 – 22 – 23 – 24: Take part in the commemoration ceremonies of the 175th. Anniversary of Canada’s first railway!

- Access to certain rails cars which are exceptionally open for this occasion: the Maritime Coal Railway & Power no.5 steam locomotive, the Canadian pacific business car no.1 and the Canadian pacific Caboose no. 435288.

 - Visit the modern locomotives and the passenger car from CN, Canadian Pacific and VIA Rail Canada.

 - Meet characters from the past.

 - Admire artwork produced by visual arts artist from the region.

 - Attend the official ceremony marking the 175th anniversary of the opening of Canada’s first railway, Thursday, July, 21 at 11 a.m.

 - Enjoy a piece of birthday cake at Festivities Place, Thursday, July, 21 at 3 p.m.

- Attend the historic conference "La Dorchester, entre mythe et réalité" given by curator (Conference in French) Saturday, July 23, at 2 p.m.

 - Buy a ticket, at a cost of $10 each, for a chance to win a first class trip for 2 persons from Montreal to Vancouver, courtesy of VIA Rail Canada, proceeds go to help support Exporail!

 Montreal streetcar 1959 is back in service: Withdrawn from service last fall, our operating streetcar MTC 1959 is back in service after repairs and maintenance carried out over this past winter.

Canadian Rail, July - August Issue

The July – August  issue of Canadian Rail will feature an article and colour Photo Gallery of the White Pass & Yukon narrow gauge railway, celebrating 175 years of Canada’s railways, heritage Business Car.

Canadian Rail is available at most local hobby shops, at the Exporail Boutique, and is mailed to members of the CRHA.

Most Montreal Railfans likely know this track schematic almost by heart!  The Wellington control tower was shut down in 2000 after 57 years of service, its control panel was saved by Exporail and mounted on a display this year for all to see. The single console used to control 57 switches, 64 cross-overs and 197 signals spread out 10 miles around the Montreal region. On June 10th Marc Caya took this photo at ExpoRail.





The Revelstoke Railway Museum auctioned a July 3rd cab ride onboard CPR #2816 on the run between Golden and Revelstoke, BC.  Top bid was $960.00


On June 29th, 1968 at Michel, BC Doug Wingfield caught CPR H Liners 8727 and 8724 are shown meeting with crew out for the roll by inspection.  This siding is still there today but everything else including the town, hotel, station and the CLC H16-44’s are gone. The towns of Michel and Natal were moved in the 1970's two miles west to Sparwood to be closer to the coal that is still mined today.


One of only three existing GMD-built GMDH1 type engines loads a sulphur train at the end of CN's Sangudo Sub at Kaybob, (Fox Creek, AB.).  Now owned by SemCAMS, this former GMD demonstrator #800 is one of two left operating GMDH1's, with the other in Pakistan and the other in a museum.  Tim Stevens photo was taken November 8th 2010.


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