Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 4:09 pm

Canadian Railway Museum

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Old Sydney Collieries #25 Though its season is winding down — over the winter it’s only open weekends and holidays — the Canadian Railway Museum is an incredible place to visit. It’s just outside Montreal, on the border between the towns of Delson and Saint-Constant. (Delson is a railway town: the name is a contraction of Delaware and Hudson.) When I visited there in 2004, a new building had just been opened, with all kinds of locomotives, streetcars and rolling stock on display; a couple of large buildings held other locomotives, and there were plenty of locomotives, RDCs, and freight cars in the open air in bad need of restoration. It’s a huge task, to be sure: the Canadian Railroad Historical Association has its hands full.

I meant to visit this fall but couldn’t manage it; my photos from 2004 will have to do in the meantime. Highlights of the collection include the only Fairbanks-Morse Trainmaster left intact, the first diesel in Canada, and tons of unique-to-Canada diesel engines (like CP #4744, an MLW M-640) and CPR and CNR steam engines.

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