Theme days

  • Railroad Jobs

    January 11, 2019 to April 28, 2019

    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 11, 2019 to February 24, 2019

    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.