Punching a Ticket to Explore at the Toronto Rail Museum!
Disclaimer: I was compensated entry into the Toronto Raiway Museum and all of its attractions in order to write this review. The views I share are my own.
Trains. It is a passion Cindy, my mom, has passed down to my siblings and to our VPs. Readers, I’m not sure if it is the clicky-clack sound of the wheels as they go along the track. The sound of the horn as it blasts to let people know of its presence. The trolley service passengers receive while on their journey. For me, these are jsut a few reasons that make riding the rails so magical. While visiting my hometown, Toronto, Ontario this summer, my family decided to get up close and personal with some of them by visiting the Toronto Railway Museum. The VPs were really excited to punch their ticket to explore everything this museum had to offer!
The Toronto Railway Museum is located in the heart of downtown Toronto at the John Street Roundhouse within Stall 17. Actual train cars, engines and a miniature train are displayed outside of the Roundhouse Park along Bremner Street. The aim of this museum is to educate visitors about what rail transportation was about throughout the history of around Toronto and Ontario.
The John Street Roundhouse was once used to allow mechanics and technicians to work on and under the locomotives that passed through Toronto. Three stalls are now dedicated to the restoration of these gems by volunteers.
Stall 17 also houses the museum that houses the artifacts of rail life in Toronto and Ontario. Their collection displays locomotives, passenger cars and railway structures. It also showcases items that those involved in railway life would have used such as conductor uniforms, a schedule board to let passengers know when trains were arriving and leaving the station, a rail cart and so much more!
The VP of Cuddles really enjoyed looking at the miniature models of trains displayed at the museum. He loves trains, and was excited to see so many of them in the displays.
Our VP of Cuteness found her love of trains by becoming an engineer for a few minutes. She loved using the train engine simulator where she was able to start, drive and use the brakes to make this “train” stop. What was really interesting about this simulator was that users are driving a train around Toronto during the 1950s. It was interesting to see how much the city has changed over the past 60 + years!
My family then headed outside to check out the engines and train cars parked outside for visitors to see. One of the more interesting train cars we popped into was once a luxury train car. Once we stepped inside of this train car, we were transported in time. It was as though it was a mini home in this small space. There was a kitchen, a living space and an observation section to take in the sights during your trip.
Another favourite area we visited while at the Toronto Railway Museum was the Control House. It was the hub where all of the action happened for rail travel in Toronto 60 years ago. Means of communications and the change in direction were done from this building. The VPs could not wait to have their hand at pulling levers that has once changed the tracks for trains around the city.
The last part of our visit to the Museum was on their miniature train. The VPs were ready and eager to punch their ticket to ride the rail around Roundhouse Park.
The ride took about five minutes from the first train horn blast to the final chugs back into the station. Take a look here at part of our ride!
My family has an amazing time while learning all about what life on and around railway in Toronto and Ontario was like at the Toronto Railway Museum. We were able to find out what it was like to be both a worker and a passenger along the rails. It was also interesting to be able to interact with so many different artifacts and train cars, both inside Stall 17 and around Roundhouse Park. Finally, we had a blast riding the miniature train. It is an experience my family won’t soon forget!
Do you love trains? Would you rather be an engineer driving the train or a passenger enjoying the ride?