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Toronto Railway Historical Association Museum



As a continuation of the article on transit museums in Toronto, I would like to provide details of the Toronto Railway Heritage Centre in Toronto. The Toronto Railway Heritage Centre (TRHC) run by the Toronto Railway Historical Association (TRHA) in partnership with the City of Toronto. The museum will focus on promoting the history of railways in Toronto. As a longstanding member of the TRHA I would like to give you details of what we are doing and what we are planning on doing.

First, we are currently restoring various locomotives and railway cars in order to put them on display. These railway vehicles will be used as interpretive displays and will also hold some of the museums displays themselves. There will be various displays in the park itself with some of the vehicles being repositioned from time to time around the park.

We currently home to various vehicles including a Vinegar tank car, a Boxcar, a Caboose, 3 railway switcher locomotives, 2 Passenger cars and most notably Steam Locomotive CN Northern 6213 which up until recently was housed at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Also, we are restoring Don Station which was used as a minor railway station located near Queen Street in Toronto and Cabin D which was an interlocking tower used to control switches along the railway corridor near Bathurst Street.

Our main goal eventually is to incorporate parts of Union Station into the museum and even the Scott Street tower just east of Union Station once it is decommissioned.

Currently we have a fully functional turntable used to position the railway equipment around the park. Our estimated time of opening at this point is Summer 2010.

The TRHA currently leads tours of Union Station on the last Saturday of every month. This year, the June tour is canceled due to the G20 Summit taking place at the same time

The cost of the tour is 10 dollars and no reservations are required. Those who are interested should meet by the travelers aid kiosk in the centre of the great hall. They are approximently 2 hours in length and are worth the price of admission. I happen to be a shepherd (assistant) on the tours so if anyone from the realm of Transit Toronto happens to partake, feel free to introduce yourself.

If you want to know more about the TRHA, I suggest visiting the TRHA site at www.trha.ca