Archives Centre

Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA) Archives and Documentation Centre

The archives acquires physical and virtual media relating to Canadian railway history, conserves these for posterity, and promotes their use by making them known and accessible to students, historians, researchers, journalists, and other interested people.

The CRHA Archives and Documentation Centre houses more than 321 private archival fonds and collections from railway companies (Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, Grand Trunk, etc.), manufacturers (Montreal Locomotive Works, Canadian Car & Foundry, etc.), important people (Charles M. Hays, William C. Van Horne, etc.), former employees, and railway history buffs. These preserved documents illustrate in particular the technological genius, the history of the stations, the life of the workers, the growth of the companies, the development of the regions; telling the history of transportation in Canada from 1780 to the present day.

In addition, the Centre holds a documentation section of more than 10,000 books and magazines on the history of rail transportation in Canada from 1773 to the present, making it the largest specialized collection of its kind in Canada. 

The CRHA Archives and Documentation Centre currently houses (July 31, 2019)


Linear metres of textual records


Graphic documents


Maps and drawings


Hours of sound recordings


Hours of moving images


Books and magazines

Many of our archival documents are also disseminated on our various platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Follow us so as not to miss anything!

In July 2017, we started sharing various images on the HistoryPin platform. This media is meant to be collaborative: we invite you to comment on the images by sharing your memories, your information and more! The Canada 150 collection, created in honour of Canada's 150th birthday, aims to allow you to discover Canada's development as never before. Beautiful photographs of the evolution of the Canadian landscape and its characters will amaze you and make you contemplate this rich country that is Canada. This collection will continue to be progressively enriched during the 2017-2018 year; so you can visit it regularly to see new additions.