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Canadian Railway Museum

The Canadian Railway Museum (French: (Le) Musée ferroviaire canadien), operating under the brand name Exporail in both official languages, is a rail transport museum in Saint-Constant, Quebec, Canada, on Montreal's south shore.

The Canadian Railway Museum
Le Musée ferroviaire canadien
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Canadian Railway Museum is located in Southern Quebec
Canadian Railway Museum
Location within southern Quebec
LocationSaint-Constant, Quebec, Canada
Coordinates45°22′30″N 73°33′50″W / 45.375°N 73.564°W / 45.375; -73.564Coordinates: 45°22′30″N 73°33′50″W / 45.375°N 73.564°W / 45.375; -73.564
TypeRailway museum
Collection size160 vehicles, 190,000 documents and artifacts, 10,000 small artifacts, a centennial railway station, 690 model trains[1]
Visitors47,326 (2011-12)[2]
DirectorMarie-Claude Reid
PresidentC. Stephen Cheasley
OwnerCanadian Railroad Historical Association



Established in 1961 by its owner and operator, the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, the museum maintains the largest collection of railway equipment in Canada with over 140 pieces of rolling stock. There are also over 250,000 objects and documents from Canada's railway history in the collection which is maintained in the archives on the property.

The museum operates a heritage streetcar line around the grounds as well as a heritage railway which pulls a small passenger train on a former freight spur to Montée des Bouleaux. The streetcar operates daily during the spring, summer and fall while the railway operates every Sunday during the same period.

Two big attractions are LB&SCR A1 Class 54 Waddon & LNER Class A4 4489 Dominion of Canada

The museum underwent a significant expansion during the 2000s when the Angus Exhibit Pavilion opened. Some of the most valuable items were placed in the new pavilion, which became the main exhibition building.

One of the most notable artifacts is former Canadian Pacific locomotive #2850, with a 4-6-4 wheel arrangement, known as a "Hudson type". In 1939, this particular locomotive was responsible for pulling the Royal Train carrying King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the westbound leg of their trip across Canada.[3] Because of this, #2850 and all engines of its class (H1c/H1d #2820-2859, H1e #2860-2864), were redesignated as Royal Hudsons. Except for the H1a/H1b classes #2800-2819.


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  • Viaud, Jean-Paul (2002). Portrait of the Collection. ISBN 2-9804089-1-3.
  1. ^ "Our Collection". Canadian Railway Museum. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Annual Report 2011–2012" (PDF). Canadian Railroad Historical Association. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  3. ^ Holland, Kevin J (Dec 2017). "Trains of Fame". Canada's History. 97 (6): 20–29. ISSN 1920-9894.

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