The Canadian Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 2850

Exporail is celebrating this year the 60th anniversary of the acquisition of Canadian Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 2850. This magnificent locomotive had the privilege of pulling the train in which King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the parents of the current Queen of England, travelled in 1939.

Over the next two weeks, we will be offering you different ways to learn more about this national treasure.

Learn more about the 1939 Royal Tour and locomotive “Royal Hudson” No. 2850

Exporail at the cinema

February 28 to April 26, 2020

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 :

Railway Christmas

November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020

Rediscover Holiday magic in the Grand Gallery decorated with a train car filled with toys, a model train chugging under the Christmas tree and a festively lit locomotive. Hunt for Christmas stockings hidden throughout the Grand Gallery. Test your talents at our Christmas craft workshop from 10 am to 11:30 am, 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Decorate your Christmas cookie from 10:30 to 11:30 am and from 2:00 to 3 pm.

Mail your letter to Santa from our mail car and visit with him on Saturdays and Sundays from Sunday, November 23 to December 22, 2019 from 10:30 am to 12 pm and from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Exporail Christmas Train

Board the Exporail Christmas Train at Hays Station. During the ride, the children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus. Departures take place at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm, on November 23, 24, and 30. The cost for the ride is $2,65 per child and $4,35 per adult plus taxes.The seats are limited. Please note that you must pay the general admission fee for the museum to be able to acces the train

For more details about Railway Christmas >>

Iron and Ice: Trains in Winter

January 10, 2020 to February 23, 2020

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.