Theme days

  • Railroad Jobs

    January 12, 2018 to April 29, 2018

    In our Grand Gallery you can experience a variety of railroad jobs. Along with our tour guide, try your hand at the brakeman’s job, learn how he coupled cars and applied the brakes. Become a carman and inspect hot boxes on a truck or a track-man working on building a section of railroad track or a motorman and operate the streetcar controls. 

    These activities are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and at 3:00 pm. 

  • Iron and Ice: Snow Trains

    January 12, 2018 to February 25, 2018

    Winter has arrived, and at Exporail you can learn about how the weather impacts Canadian railway operations.

    Snow and ice have a big effect on the movement of trains, and overcoming the problems created by winter weather is a major issue for railways.  The invention of the rotary snow plow is a good example of the ingenious answers developed in response.  Visitors will have the opportunity to climb aboard the massive snow plow and discover its fascinating history and how it works.

    But winter brings opportunities too, and railways have taken advantage of these to grow the number of riders.  By visiting our Canadian Pacific passenger car you can learn about the snow trains that brought thousands of skiers to the Laurentian hill stations.

    For kids, we propose following an observation trail which will give them an idea of what it is like to take a train trip in winter.

  • Winter sports and railways

    February 17, 2018 to February 25, 2018

    As part of the activity "Iron and ice in winter the train", the museum presents a talk on the theme of winter sports and Canadian railways. This 20-minute talk will be presented in French at 11:30 am and 2 pm on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 25.


    Photo : Exporail, Fonds du Canadian Pacific Railway Company


    Summary of the talk

    Canada has always been known for its abundance of snow, but also for the sports activities that such an amount allows to practice. The railways will not miss the opportunity to introduce winter sports to all Canadians and the rest of the world. During this brief presentation, we will discuss the measures taken by the railways to promote these winter activities and their interests in promoting them. From Sir Cornelius Van Horne to the last “P'tit train du Nord”, it is near a century of relationships where skiing will become the ambassador of winter sports near railways.