(Listed West to East)

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Canadian Museum of Rail and Travel 

West Coast Railway Association (WCRA)

Destined to the WCRS  in Squamish, BC Mark Perry snapped WCXX 5569 sitting on CN flatcar at the Symington Diesel Shop November 6th.

The POLAR EXPRESS – Tickets are now on sale for this extremely popular event which is being held this year on December 1, 2, 8 & 9. You can now order tickets online directly through the WCRA website … Click the GREEN button labelled ORDER TICKETS located at the top right side of the home page and follow the steps. There is additional information on Page 20.

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

Kettle Valley Railway Society  (KVSR)

Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver, BC


Royal Canadian Pacific Luxury Train

The Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions – Stettler, AB

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Southern Prairie Railway

Ogema Heritage Railway Association

The Southern Prairie Railway rosters one GE 44-tonner #15 (ex-MEC 15).   The Southern Prairie Railway has leased former Neptune Bulk Terminals Alco T6 #804 from the Kettle Valley Railway Society.  SPR are negotiating the purchase of nine former AMT (ex-CP) 800-series commuter coaches that had spent time in the USA on a tourist train in Indiana.

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

On October 20th, the Southern Prairie Railway (SPR) wrapped up the 2012 tourist season with an all day, "See the entire railway" excursion.  The intent was to raise money for the seven ex CPR coaches located in

Iowa they have purchased.  The train schedule had it leaving Ogema at 0900, head east to Pangman which is the end of steel, then return west to

Willows Dam before returning east again to Ogema at 1800.

The SPR is headquartered out of Ogema.


Here is a look at how the stations stack up on the ex CPR Assiniboia Sub, now owned by Red Coat Road and Rail, with freight traffic being operated by Great Western Railway Saskatchewan.


Mileages are ex CPR and still in place.  East to West


EOT                    36.5

Pangman           37.2

Amulet              43.7

Wallace             46.0

Ogema              51.4

Glasnevin          57.5

Horizon             66.8

Viceroy             75.2

Verwood           88.1

Willows           103.5

Willows Dam   104        Dam is for reservoir containing Assiniboia water supply

CP/RCRR       108.6     Begin/End of CP/RCRR

Assiniboia        111.1    Jct with CP Expanse Sub from Moose Jaw


The lineup for todays train is ex MEC 15, which later became Conway Scenic RR 15 and was purchased from them by the SPR.

The coach is the Mount Holly and baggage car 404925, ex CP 404925 which began life as CP 4747.


And like most excursions, the schedule got shot out the window right from the beginning.

The train left Ogema at 1020, not 0900, and lost another 50 minutes at Pangman.

Before the day was done, it would be a 12 hour train ride for the passengers.

The return trip from Willows to Ogema in darkness.  (CRO would like to than Ken McCutcheon for this Special Report)




News updates can be found here: 

Santa Trains will depart at 11:30am and 2:30pm sharp from Waterloo on the following dates: 
* Saturday, December 1 
* Sunday, December 2 
* Saturday, December 8 
* Sunday, December 9 
* Saturday, December 15 
* Sunday, December 16

The train will not stop at the Market nor the Village. The total trip time is expected to be about 2 hours dependent on the number of children on board. The train will not return to Waterloo until Santa has visited every child on board.

Santa will visit each child at their seat in one car while there is a carol sing in the other car. When Santa is finished in one car, he and the musicians will switch cars so everyone has the same experience. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided (cider available upon request). A carol book will be provided with children's activities.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 1 online and at our Waterloo Station, 10 Father David Bauer Drive. We cannot take reservations over the phone.

Book our Business Car for your family gathering on the Santa Train!
New this year on the Santa Train, we are offering the lounge area of our business car, 15000 "Lord Elgin" for groups of up to 30 people for $540 taxes included ($477.88 pre-tax) . This would be perfect for larger groups, or family gatherings. There will be one spot available for each Santa Train departure. The experience will be the same as in the other railway coaches. Santa will visit the children in the lounge during the trip.

Reservations are now being taken on a first come, first served basis up to and including Thursday, November 15. Payment must be received by November 15 to secure the reservation or else the seats will be opened to general admission.

To reserve your spot now, please send an email to with your complete contact information including name and phone number as well as your preferred departure date and time. To avoid disappointment, please also add an alternate choice in case your first choice is already spoken for.


More news updates can be found here: 

Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Society

York Durham Heritage Railway

Date: UXBRIDGE, ON – November 5, 2012

For Release : Immediate

Attention : News Editor/Travel Editor/Recreation Editor


Santa Claus seems to be everywhere during December.  His busy schedule shows that Santa will be riding the Y-D Heritage Railway, on trains out of Uxbridge during the Christmas season.

Santa’s calendar says that he will be riding trains from Uxbridge Station on Sundays November 25 th , December 2 nd and 9 th and Saturdays December 1st and 8th and 15th . Train times are 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm on all days.  Each trip lasts approximately 1 hour.

Fares for all Santa Trains are $19.00 each for all passengers (Infants under 1 not occupying a seat ride free) – or $69.00 for groups of 4 people are also available.  Santa will be visiting each child at their seat and distributing goodies. The train will feature a musician, a magician and clown to entertain the children.

Seating is limited and by reservation only. So children wishing to meet Santa should reserve early so they won’t be disappointed as we are 80% sold out . For tickets and on-line seat selection, go to

YDHR RS-11 #3612 idles during a day of yard switching at the Uxbridge yard. Directly across are the new silver Budd cars soon to be introduced into YDHR's revenue service. Uxbridge Ontario. November 1, 2012.

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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)





Nova Scotia Museum of Industry -  Stellarton, NS

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 Lake Shore Railway Historical Society




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Railway now closed until Christmas:  Santa Special 14 - 17 December


Re-opens to the public Easter 2013.  Volunteers will be working over the winter period getting ready for next year.


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