We recently headed downtown to the Toronto Railway Museum for a tour and a glimpse into the train restoration. We love touring around Toronto, learning the history of the sites and taking in all that is around us. It had been a couple of years since we last visited, my daughter was excited to return.
The museum opened in 2010 with the help of the Toronto Historical Railway Association and the many volunteers who gave time and energy in the preservation of the trains.
The Roundhouse was originally used to work on the trains that came through Toronto. It is still used today to move around the trains restored and placed in the park.
The Toronto Railway Museum is dedicated to preserving the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Toronto and Ontario.
Below is a picture of various restorations on the trains that have come through the museum.
Have you ever wanted to drive a train? During our visit, my daughter tried out the simulator. She was so amazed! She was pushing buttons and turning dials, giving her the feel of driving a train.
Mini Train Ride
While exploring the museum, hop on the mini train and enjoy the ride around Roundhouse Park.
History – Trains Gone By
Did you know?
Very few trains have a caboose. As technology changed and trains were updated there wasn’t really a need for them.
I can’t wait to go again and see the progress of the trains currently in line to be restored.
In December 1917. 2 ships collided off the shores of Halifax causing a massive explosion. The blast travelled 1000 meters per second. George Graham, the General manager of the Dominion Atlantic Railway, was in his personal Pullman car the Nova Scotia when the roof of the North Street Station’s glass roof collapsed. The Nova Scotia survived the explosion and is currently at the museum awaiting restoration.
If you live in or visiting Toronto and looking for inexpensive family fun, Head down to the Toronto Railway Museum and check out the train restoration and find out about the trains from the staff at the museum.