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Canadian Museum of Rail and Travel 

The Canadian Museum of Rail and Travel in Cranbrook, BC is restoring this CP FA2 4090 and FB2 4469. Kevin Dunk took this shot August 1st Kevin Dunk snapped this shot of the two locos in September


Revelstoke Railway Museum:

The Revelstoke Railway Museum is launching an exhibit on the Virtual Museum of Canada’s The exhibit is titled “Tough Railroaders, Rough Railroad” and is stories, photos and video compiled during our weekly coffee club held last winter. The coffee club was a chance for retired railroaders, and others associated with the railway to have a chance to get together and reminisce about their memories working on the railway. We got some great footage and some funny stories!


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Kamloops Railway Historical Society:

CRHA - E&N Division

West Coast Railway Association (WCRA)

The West Coast Railway Association has sold the former Waterloo & St. Jacobs Railway FP9A (WCXX 6508) to the Ontario Southland Railway. This sale will generate the funds needed to cover the transportation costs for the other FP9A (WCXX 6520) as well as Coach WCXX 5569. These are the final three pieces of the group purchased in December 2006 and stored at the VIA Rail Toronto Maintenance Centre. 


CN has been given the go ahead to move these two units to Squamish, BC  and the move is expected during September. Under terms with the donor of these units, any funds left over after the costs of shipping will be deposited to the West Coast Railway Endowment Fund, which is held by the Vancouver Foundation.

WCRA will soon be able to field a 1950’s CN trainset in the classic green, gold and black paint scheme consisting of FP9A WCXX 6520 and three coaches WCXX 3218 and 3223 (delivered in September 2009) and WCXX 5569. They will become part of the WCRA operating fleet.


Electric Locomotive BCER#960 Restoration: (Mike McGaw’s update) :

We dropped off the multi ton compressors and initial inspection suggests they are still in excellent shape with little to no work to make operational (a real gift, if this proves to be the case).  On September 11th CMO Russ Grycan, Dave Thethi, Bill Marchant and I used the 50 ton Crane in WCRA’s Motive Power Shop to hoist the frame and cab high enough for placing on stands. This facilitated rolling out the trucks in preparation for cleaning and restoration of the trucks and loco’s underside as required.





Do you have (Grand-) Children in the Greater Vancouver area and live there or plan to visit during early December? Polar Express is coming to the West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish BC on December 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th. Tickets for the event open for sale on Wednesday, October 10. Watch for details on

We have added additional capacity to each train this year but this event sells out fast.

Were you unable to attend our Polar Express event in last December … or would you like to revisit the experience. A short video is available online at


Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver, BC

A couple of shots from Mark Forseille from five summers ago.  Two Rocky Mountaineer units  RMR 8018 and RMR 8019 wore a short lived paint scheme with Whistler Mountaineer markings.  These ran on the old BC Rail Squamish Sub from North Vancouver to Whistler, BC.  The train was wyed at Wedge for the return trip to North Vancouver.


Frasier Valley Heritage Railway Museum – Surrey, BC.

British Columbia Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society

A special event for the NRHS BC Chapter was held at the Braid Street Warehouse in New Westminster on September 8th, 2012   Many of our readers may have heard of Barrie Sanford who has just released his new book. “TRAIN MASTER, The Railway Art Of Max Jacquiard.  Both Barrie and Max were be on hand for an official book signing.  The NewsLeader reporter was there and did a little shooting plus an interview.  

In addition, the VIA 6300 that was donated to the NRHS was on official display for your viewing, along with select rolling stock from the societies collection


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:


Alberta 2005 Centennial Railway Museum Society)


Southern Prairie Railway

Ogema Heritage Railway Association



Winnipeg Railway Museum:


Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society:

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The Bytown Railway Society – Ottawa, ON

Duncan DuFresne looks out on the south end of Ottawa (Walkley Yard) as he engineers CPR G5-a #1201 towards Saint John, New Brunswick on June 1st, 1989, passing through Walkley Yard, as RS18u 1831 pilots the small train.  A long time contributor to Branchine magazine, sadly Duncan passed away two months ago and we offer our condolences to Duncan’s family and friends.  He will be missed.


 The Bytown Railway Society 2012 Canadian Trackside Guide is “SOLD OUT, but previous issues are available at:

Chatham Railway Museum

Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Society

Elgin County Railway Museum

This shot from the Elgin County Railway Museum was taken September 4th  by Gordon Carrothers, and shows Thomas the Tank Engine and Wabash 51 a 43 ton switcher (built by General Electric of Erie, Pennsylvania in 1939).  She is pushing  refrigerator car CP 166521 with a life size model of Thomas the Tank Engine up front.  Thomas is wearing his "sleeping mask" and will be loaded onto a flat bed trailer and bound for the  Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad in Lebanon Ohio.

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.

Galt Historic Railway Park

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The Palmerston Railway Heritage Association

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

Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (REMO)

South Simcoe Railway




British A-4 steam locomotives “Dominion of Canada” and “Dwight D. Eisenhower are now aboard a ship enroute to the UK after loading at the Ceres Container terminal in Nova Scotia. These steamlined 4-6-2’s will be on loan to the world's most prestigious railway museum, the National Railway Museum ( in York, England. Built in 1937 for the London and North Eastern Railway (LNER), the “Dominion of Canada” will be part of a program of celebratory events in 2013 commemorating the 75th anniversary of the world speed record by a steam locomotive.  “Dominion of Canada” will be restored and repainted LNER blue and white, at the shop at Shildon, England for the 2013 celebrations before being returned to Exporail in 2014.   

Robert O’Shaughnessy snapped these images of the A4 “DoC” loaded at EXPORAIL the first week of September.!i=2070234123&k=TzHFM5P


Here she is arriving in Nova Scotia:


The “Dwight D. Eisenhower” and the “Dominion of Canada” on board the S.S. Atlantic Conveyor en route to the UK.

  October 5 to 31: Exporail will be open Wednesday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

October 1 to 20: View a water-color exhibition by artist Alice Macredie, she paints in memory of her father, who was a railway bridge engineer in western Canada. This exhibition combines history, art and engineering!  One of the many watercolours by Alice Macredie on display at Exporail


Canadian Rail Magazine: The September - October issue of Canadian Rail features articles on Allan Toohey, source of the Fonds Toohey in the CRHA Archives; a tribute to Omer Lavallée featuring some 20 of his best photos; Heritage Business Car. Canadian Rail is mailed to CRHA members and is available in better hobby shops across Canada.


Hull - Wakefield Steam Train - Gatineau, QC

The Wakefield steam train will not be running again until 2014, and only between Chelsea and Wakefield.  The rest of the track, between Gatineau and Chelsea, was badly damaged during heavy rains last summer and won't be back online until 2016.  The train itself was kept in the region late last year when several Quebec municipalities, the provincial government and Outaouais tourism pulled together $500,000.   At the time, in November, the municipal owners of the tracks said they hoped to have the train running by 2013. According to Louise Boudrias, president of the CCFO (the railway company managed by the municipalities of Gatineau, Chelsea and La Pêche), the work to repair the cars, stations and tracks will not start until the necessary funds are collected through fundraising.  Boudrias said the temporarily shorter route could be appealing for young families who sometimes found the journey from Gatineau to Wakefield too long.

When construction and repairs between Gatineau and Wakefield are done, customers will be able to board the train at one of three stations.  Officials are also thinking about extending the tourist season of the train into the winter, but nothing has been decided.

The delay is disappointing for some business owners in Wakefield, because the steam train brought in customers.  Marc Fournier of La Confiserie Wakefield said he isn't surprised by the delay. Fournier told Radio-Canada he doubts the CCFO can raise enough money to fund the project.  (CBC News)

Montreal Railway Modeler’s Association AMFM


Moncton Transportation Museum:

The New Brunswick provincial government announced August 20th they investing $1 million for the construction of the Moncton Transportation Museum.  The Transportation Discovery Centre, an extension of the Moncton Museum, will illustrate the fundamental role transportation has played in shaping the history and growth of Moncton and highlight the city's position as the transportation hub of Atlantic Canada, officials said.  "This very much is about our heritage so if we think about today our children and the opportunity they will have to learn more about different modes of transportation and what has happened in the past and very importantly as well it's about our economy," said Alward.  The centre will "honor Moncton's transportation history and heritage from shipbuilding to the railroad, from trucking to air transportation, and looks forward to today's information highway in a truly educational and family-friendly environment,” said Deputy Mayor Merrill Henderson.  The 1,170 square meter (12,593 square foot) centre will feature exhibition galleries, an interactive exhibit on all modes of transportation.

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



Bridge Line Historical Society - Delaware and Hudson RR


Otto C. Perry took these photos at CP Glen Yard in Montreal in the late-1930's.  These D&H passenger steam locomotives had a very 'British' appearance to them as D&H #652 steams at Glen Yard (Westmount, QC)  August 13th, 1937.

Taken at CP Glen in Montreal 1930, Otto C. Perry caught this D&H steam engine #602


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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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Between 10:30 am and 4pm

Adult rides £5, Children (over 5) £3, Family tickets £12 (2 adults and 3 children)

Every Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday weekends until November

Access is via Trevarno Gardens normal car park and a 750 yard walk to the station.  Customers with mobility or health issues should note that whilst it is a pleasant walk through the estate, it is uphill to the railway. The good news is that the buffet will be available for refreshments (when railway is open)

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