Our Collection

An Exceptional Collection!

Over the past fifty years, the Canadian Railroad Historical Association has collected and preserved exceptional archival documents and rare railroad and tramway artefacts, testimony of the major role of rail transportation in Canada's development.  

These artefacts reflect the know-how and sometimes harsh living conditions of the thousands of rail workers.


The acquisition of these artefacts has largely been made possible by the many gifts from railroads and private collectors.  

As of now, more than 190 000 documents and artefacts are included in this collection which is designated of national interest by both Federal and Quebec governments.

The Collection contains unique artefacts representative of various periods, events, organizations or individuals pertinent to railway history and technology in Canada since 1836.

The collection includes:

  • 160 vehicles
  • 10,000 small artefacts;
  • a centennial railway station;
  • 690 model trains;
  • four buildings typical of rail infrastructures.

Contact person

For information, please contact Jean-Paul Viaud via email or by phone (450 638-1522, ext. 242).

Current restoration project

Consult the curator's blog about MSR 274 streetcar restoration (french only).

Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum is a project of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA)