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Canadian Museum of Rail and Travel 

Work continues at the Canadian Museum of Rail and Travel in Cranbrook, BC on restoring  CP FA2 4090 and FB2 4469.  


Revelstoke Railway Museum:

Kamloops Railway Historical Society:

CRHA - E&N Division

West Coast Railway Association (WCRA)

VIA 6305 (ex-CN 6508) now resides at the West Coast Railway Association’s Squamish site after spending some time in Quebec (1994, Les Trains Touristique St-Laurent) then Ontario (1997, Waterloo-St, Jacobs Railway) before being shipped to B.C in early 2012, but this engine’s health is reported as not being very good.  Unfortunately the F-9B 6604 was retired back in the late 80’s and is no longer with us.





WCRA Motive Power Shop -

The attached photo of the shows  current residents.  In the foreground is the disassembled BCER960. In the middle ground is the Open Observation Car WCXX598 Henry Pickering (ex-CPR 598 Mt Garibaldi , exx CPR 1422) undergoing Inspection and repairs in preparation for another season with Rocky Mountaineer’s Sea to Sky Climb route. The blue coach on the next track, in storage, is former BC Rail Business Car Northern Summit (ex–PGE A6, exx-NSRy Carolina, exxx- Mary Lee, nee Pullman Canonburg). In the background the nose of CP8000 is visible. Also stored in the Shop but not undergoing restoration is the former PGE Coach Clinton (ex-Indiana Public Service 167 Scottsburg)


BCER 960

Work continues on a 2 day a week schedule.

Team Lead Mike McGaw reports:

With most of 960's undersides reconditioned (thick grime and lots of rust removed by needle gunning scraping and wire wheeling) plus undercoating applied, we have mostly some tight areas, surrounded by jumbles of piping, to finish this up.

We've digressed from the above mentioned laborious crouching confined overhead work to tackling the inside of the cab, doing much the same grunt work, but, we now get to stand with a little less crud falling and swirling all around. Bob Gordon is keen to start a project replacing the needed wood floor joists, so making a mess cleaning up ceiling and cab walls had to come first. Recent marathon days have been put in, approx 55 man hours so far, resulting in much of the hard work undertaken with only a few days left to complete this segment. I'm thinking we've done a great match for the inside green paint, so the cab will have a bright original look.

Doug Magoon has offered to give us some of his expertise and time to recondition the previous collision damage to the engineer’s side cab wall. The BCER lads did a quick Bondo job to get 960 back out on the line. Bill Marchant has kept his primary focus on the two compressors preparing them for test firing. Recently the valves have been removed and overhauled, plus, new compressor oil is going in this week. Once he has comfort with their performance, we will move on to the other brake equipment. Please let us know if you can give us some hours of your time ... we have the hoods and other items in need of attention. Every helping hand and hour gets us closer. Also, we're still anxious to get our hands on another Golden Globe traction light suitable for 960.

Thanks to all this past month who have helped us out, including my son Corbin, passing on his Sunday morning gym in exchange for a 960 upper body work out (the cab ceiling) commenting "Dad, can't believe you guys do this stuff for fun".

CP 8000

The restoration crew are continuing at their task. For those wishing to follow the restoration, CP8000 now has a Facebook page –

Kettle Valley Railway Society  (KVSR)

Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver, BC

Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Museum – Surrey, BC.

British Columbia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society


Royal Canadian Pacific Luxury Train

Alberta Railway Museum – Edmonton, AB

Alberta Railway Museum – Bieseker, AB

The museum has two MLW switchers:  Ex-CP RS-23 8017 (ex- Saskferco - Belle Plain, Saskatchewan), and Ex-CN S13u 8704 (donated by CANAC).

Alberta Central Railway Museum - Wetaskiwin, AB

The Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions – Stettler, AB

Rocky Mountain Railway Society:

CN GMD1u 1179 was recently delivered to APRA.  Apparently in a very complex arrangement with CN the APRA Museum traded CN their 4520 for it this year. Former CN GMd1u 1179 has B-B Flexi-coil trucks, and the museum is interested to acquire any GMD1 A-1-A trucks if any are available?  (via Peter Cox).

Alberta 2005 Centennial Railway Museum Society)

Galt Historic Railway Park


Southern Prairie Railway

You can follow the Southern Prairie Railway on Facebook  for upcoming events and the reactions from the many riders they had this year.


PRAIRIE GRAIN  VIGNETTE:  This National Film Board (NFB) film shows how the CPR moved, loaded and emptied grain cars in Canada in 1955.  Some  really good CPR Steam train and 40-foot box car scenes from the 1950's and in colour!


Winnipeg Railway Museum:




Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society:


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Niagara Railway Museum

Check out their Flanger Repairs

The Bytown Railway Society – Ottawa, ON

Chatham Railway Museum

Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Society

Elgin County Railway Museum

Toronto Railway Heritage Association

York Durham Heritage Railway

Halton County Railway Museum

Northern Ontario Railway Museum & Heritage Center - Capreol, ON

The Canada Science & Technology Museum - Ottawa, ON.

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The Palmerston Railway Heritage Association

CLC  CNR 2-6-0 #81 is on display nearby the museum

Niagara Railway Museum

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO)

South Simcoe Railway

The Guelph Junction Railway Museum

Brockville Railway Tunnel




Exporail News, April 2013

Exporail will be open Saturdays and Sundays April 6 to 28, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It will also be open during the week for group tours by reservation.

Special winter discount, there will be a special 10% discount off the admittance fee during the month of February, 2013.

Railroad Jobs, weekend

In our Grand Gallery you can experience a variety of railroad jobs. Along with our tour guide, try your hand at the brakeman’s job, learn how he coupled cars and applied the brakes. Become a car man and inspect hot boxes on a truck or a track man working on building a section of railroad track or a motorman and operate the streetcar controls. These activities are available every Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as well as at 2:30 PM


Special delivery, weekend


Discover a railway mailcar; see how railway postal workers sorted the mail while en-route! Share your experience with a loved one by sending them an Exporail postcard mailed right from our mail car. Bring your address book and trade your keyboard for a pen. This activity is available Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Guided tour, weekend

Exporail offers guided tours of its permanent exhibition: Living the Canadian Railway Adventure. Come discover the great moments in the history of Canada's railroads, from the founding fathers of the Canadian railroad to the universe of railway workers, to the birth of Montreal's transit system, with its period streetcars.  The tour is available in English every Saturday and Sunday from 2:30 p.m. and lasts approx. 75 minutes.

Canadian Rail Magazine

 The January - February issue of Canadian Rail features a fascinating article on a little known CPR photographer, Toronto's new streetcars, Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museum's conference report, Dining as the World Slides By and Business Car. The Photo Gallery features a selection of digital photos of 2012 Canadian railway happenings. Canadian Rail is mailed to members and is available at better hobby shops across Canada.


Steven Barker submitted his  latest photographs of the ongoing cosmetic restoration of Gresley A4 Pacific 4489 “Dominion of Canada”, into LNER blue and white.   The majority of the locomotive is now in green primer.  All nameplates were removed for preparation for painting. The bell is now back in place  and her side skirts are now complete.  Steven will be submitting more photographs to CRO as the work progresses.  


Hull - Wakefield Steam Train - Gatineau, QC


Moncton Transportation Museum:

The New Brunswick Railway Museum  Hillsborough, NB


Nova Scotia Museum of Industry -  Stellarton, NS

Memory Lane Railway Museum - Middleton, NS

Train Station Inn - Tatamagouche, NS

Orangedale Railway Museum  - Orangedale, NS



The Orange Empire Railway Museum 


Bridge Line Historical Society - Delaware and Hudson RR



The Railway Museum of New England


The Railway Museum of New England has restored CN Coach 5114.

After six months of significant work on CNR coach 5114, formerly the 4990, has left the shop.  Extensive work was done on the roof, carbody and interior, including “NOS” (new-old-stock) seat bottoms donated by

Jimmy Gagliardi. Built in 1929 by the National Steel Company and in Montreal commuter service till 1990, the car was returned to its stunning 1950s paint scheme. Not only does the car represent the hard work and dedication of a number of volunteers but also a turning point in our

restoration approach. In keeping with museum standards set forth by the

Association of Railroad Museums (ARM)  Recommended Practices, all of our Canadian National coach fleet will be restored to a historically correct appea  Attached is the latest newsletter)  They have a number of old CN coaches that were painted in Pullman Green and lettered for the Naugatuck RR (subsidiary of the PMNE).  These will gradually be restored to their original historic CNR livery.   (Eric Groody)

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Monticello Railway Museum


The Iron Horse Museum - Chicago City, NN


 Lake Shore Railway Historical Society

Steamtown National Historic Site:




Cornwall, England, United Kingdom



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We open again for Brake Van rides at Easter from 29 March until 1 April and then every Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday weekend until November.
 Trains leave from Prospidnick Halt from 10.30 am to 4pm.
Adult rides £5, Children (over 5) £3, Family tickets £12 (2 adults and 3 children)
Access is via Trevarno Farm, Prospidnick, TR13 0RY.   Free entry

©CRO April 2013