• Exporail Museum in Canada

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

Moderators: Miketherailfan, rob216

  by Noel Weaver
 
I haven't seen anything on here about the Canadian Railway Museum which is known as Exporail located in St. Constant, Quebec in some time. This museum which is not far from Montreal is well worth a visit. They have two different display buildings with lots of locomotives, trolley cars and other rail equipment well protected and nicely restored inside. Locomotivs include an old electric locomotive from the CNR Montreal operation, an LRC locomotive, lots of other Montreal and GM diesel locomotives including the only Fairbanks Moorse Trainmaster Locomotive still in existance anywhere. Lots of steam locomotives from both the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific are also to be seen. The main display builing is spotless inside with nicely presented displays. You can board an FA unit cab and see just what they were like inside. A couple of steam locomotive cabs are also open for inspection. A good number of passenger cars are also there to be seen.
This museum ranks right up with the ones in Sacramento and Strasburg and is well worth the trip. They also have a trolley line that loops around the property and they will drop you off at various locations there. A second display building has more steam locomotives and stuff on display and they also have a shop to maintain and restore locomotives and car. Food and rest rooms (very clean) are also at the site. Some of the stuff is handicap accessible as well.
After your visit here there are some good train watching spots around Montreal as well, one of the best is at Dorval which is slightly west of Montreal and on mainlines of both the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific with double track mainlines on both railroads. Lots of passenger trains and freight trains through this spot, decent parking and facilities in the Via station make this an outstanding spot to relax. Food is available nearby as well.
Noel Weaver
  by Engineer Spike
 
I always wanted to stop there. I have gone by it hundreds of times on the train.