Toronto Railway Museum - Toronto's Railway History

Situated at Roundhouse Park in downtown Toronto, the Toronto Railway Museum presents the history of the local rail industry. This museum includes a variety of restored cabooses, locomotives and other rolling stock. Mini train rides and simulators are some of the top activities at this attraction that appeals to youngsters and adults. Click to book your Toronto tours.

Attractions and Highlights

Toronto Railway Museum in Toronto
Toronto's Railway History
The Train Simulator at the Toronto Railway Museum gives you the chance to take virtual command of a vintage locomotive. The restored cabin has plenty of original control panels and other hardware items that are paired with a sophisticated U33C Simulator. A digital display is integrated into the locomotive's original window frame. Following a 0.5-kilometer loop, the miniature train ride is perhaps one of the most popular attractions for kids visiting this rail museum. Passengers could purchase tickets for this fun outdoor ride at the restored Don Station. Originally built in the late 1890s, this train station was relocated in 2008 as part of the museum's expansion. Don Station operated on Queen Street until the late 1960s. Admission to the Toronto Railway Museum also includes a free guided tour of the historic trains that are based at Roundhouse Park. The tour offers detailed views on the venue's most prized possessions, including caboose cars and other rolling stock.
Toronto Railway Museum in Toronto
Toronto Railway Museum in Toronto
Some notable models in the museum's permanent inventory include the Canadian Pacific "Jackman" sleeper 1931 and Toronto and Hamilton & Buffalo Railway Caboose #70. Many of the restored caboose vehicles include kitchens, bunk beds, toilets and other facilities that accommodated passengers in the 19th and 20th centuries. Launched in the 1960s by GO Transit, the Hawker Siddeley RTC-85SP/D model is also on display at Roundhouse Park. This diesel-powered train was one of the earliest models in the area's commuter rail network. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. As you explore all 17 acres of the waterfront park, you'll also see more than 10 historical markers that focus on the local industrial heritage. Some of the marked sites include the Railway Lands, Coach Yards, Coaling Tower and Cabin D. The park ultimately pays tribute to the Canadian Pacific Railway that dominated rail service for generations in Ontario and other regions of Canada. You should end your visit at the gift shop that sells vintage-themed postcards, toys, books and other fun souvenirs with ties to Toronto's early rail history. Additionally, the museum's grounds offer great panoramic views of the city's modern skyline and Harbourfront. After admiring the local rail history, you may also watch airplanes flying into and out of the nearby Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Additionally, the adjacent promenades offer great views of yachts and other private or commercial watercraft on Lake Ontario.

Visiting Toronto Railway Museum

Toronto Railway Museum in Toronto
Situated on the scenic grounds of Roundhouse Park
The Toronto Railway Museum is prominently situated on the scenic grounds of Roundhouse Park in the Entertainment District. This lakefront green space is within the shadows of the famous CN Tower, which has a dominant stance over the city's skyline. Lake Shore Boulevard and Bremner Boulevard are major multi-lane roads that lead to this museum. On-site parking isn't available, but there are several parking garages and lots near the local sports arenas and stadiums. Union Station is only a few blocks away from this museum that celebrates the city's rich rail heritage. You can also ride one of several TTC streetcars to Queen Street, which runs just a few blocks south of Roundhouse Park. Additionally, the urban park has the Bike Share Toronto stations for bicyclists.

Location: 255 Bremner Blvd, Unit 15, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5V 3M9

Click here to visit Toronto Railway Museum official website.

By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-09-27
Updated On: 2019-09-27

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