March Break

Track to Discovery during March Break at Exporail

school break, Locomotive simulator

3 New features: Exporail at the cinema, Locomotive simulator, Virtual reality

Exporail opens its doors to the general public during the school break on Wednesday, March 4, Thursday, March 5, Friday, March 6, Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn more about some of our railway vehicles that have been featured in films shot at Exporail.  Come and discover new stimulating and immersive activities, such as the diesel locomotive simulator which is making its debut at the museum. In addition, with the collaboration of our partner Operation Lifesaver, virtual reality will offer visitors a highly interactive sensory experience! Outdoors, families looking for leisure and entertainment will once again be able to take a ride on the miniature railway, the children’s favourite “choo-choo”!

New: Exporail at the cinema
February 28 to April 26, 2020

Exporail at the cinema, school break

What do Pascale Bussières, Roy Dupuis, Julie Le Breton, Nora Arnezeder, William Hurt, Lynn Redgrave, Saoirse Ronan and Debbie Lynch-White have in common? They all filmed for the cinema at Exporail.

The museum’s passenger coaches, trams and steam locomotives provide a setting sought after by the film industry.  Filmmakers can create the atmosphere of a streetcar running in Montreal or Brooklyn, simulate the departure of a train from Montreal or a city in Europe, or immerse you in the atmosphere of the late 19th century or the mid-1950s. The magic of cinema works at Exporail thanks to its varied collection of railway vehicles. Among the films shot at the museum are Ma vie en cinémascope, Maurice Richard, Varian’s War, The Words, Brooklyn, Chasse-galerie: La légende and La Bolduc.

Visitors are invited to learn more about the CPR Neville sleeper car and the MTC 1046 Tramway with a short presentation of their features and the film scenes that were shot there.

Excerpts from the film La Bolduc available on the Internet :

2 new activities

virtual locomotive

Take the controls of a virtual locomotive: visitors aged 10 and over will be able to test their train driving skills on the museum’s brand new diesel locomotive simulator. For more information, visit the museum’s mezzanine. The activity is by reservation once on site and requires an additional fee of $5.

Watch. Listen. Live: this experience is offered in collaboration with our partner, Operation Lifesaver. Participants will live the terrifying experience of being hit by a train with the help of virtual reality headsets.

Entertainment for all

Movie Presentation

Movie Presentation

Rocky Mountain Express propels audiences on a steam train journey through the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies and highlights the adventure of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway. The movie presentation take place in English at 1:30 pm. A fee of $4 per person is added to the admission fee. 

Watch an excerpt >>

The Red Rocket takes visitors on a 14-minute ride on a streetcar through the heart of Toronto. Screenings at noon and 2:30 pm are free of charge.

Railroad Jobs

Railroad Jobs

Participate in one of the railroad jobs offered in the Grand Gallery of the Angus Pavilion. Along with our tour guide, become a track-man working on building a section of railroad track or a motorman and operate the streetcar controls. These activities (20 minutes) are available every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 am, 11:30 am and at 3:00 pm. 

Other activities available:

Rail Smart Rally
Model Train Hall
Guided tours in the Grand Gallery
Exhibitions at Hays Station: Stop, Look, Listen: Incoming Train? and From everywhere to you

Take a ride on our outdoor Miniature Railway!

Miniature Railway

The Miniature Railway is a memorable experience for young and old alike. The outdoor ride through the woods, which lasts 5 minutes, passes over three bridges and through a tunnel.

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