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Thanks for riding with us on the North Pole Express in 2021!

Returning in November 2022.

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VIEWS FROM THE ENGINEER'S SEAT!

Climb aboard and come inside the cab of our operating and display locomotives.

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Thanks for a great Season! Visit us again in 2022 for A Day Out With Thomas!

Explore our collection in the spectacular mountainside setting of Squamish.
Food services and picnic area on site. A Day Out with Thomas events start in May. See you soon!

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COME ON IN!

Inside the CN Roundhouse you can explore restored steam locomotives and luxury passenger cars.

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Railway Museum of British Columbia

Thanks for riding the North Pole Express!

We have completed a successful inaugural season of the North Pole Express at the Railway Museum in Squamish and we want to thank everyone who supported the event and rode the train this year.

It has been a difficult time for so many living in BC with the ongoing pandemic and the recent weather-related hardship. We are very glad we could provide some holiday cheer with this fun, family event.

We also want to thank you for the feedback you provided on your experience through our questionnaire. We will be using that information to improve the event going forward.

The operation of the Museum and the North Pole Express would not be possible without the involvement of many dedicated volunteers. As a Not-For-Profit museum, the success of events like North Pole Express allows us to fulfil our mandate of preserving British Columbia’s railway history and heritage.

Thank you again for your participation and we look forward to seeing you when the Museum re-opens for a Day Out With Thomas in May 2022. And, of course, we hope to see you for the The North Pole Express again next year.

Steve Crombie
Chair of the Board

Bob Philip
President & CEO
Railway Museum of B.C.

 

Here at the railway Museum of British Columbia, you can see, hear, touch and experience the actual trains, locomotives and equipment that are part of British Columbia’s railway history and heritage. This is railway equipment that helped build BC and Canada.

 

 

What's coming in 2022

A Day Out With Thomas returns in May! 

See the Royal Hudson 2860 while you’re inside the Roundhouse. 

Other new exhibits added this year include an operating Print Shop and Blacksmith Shop. 

Check out the General Store and Fire Trucks in the PGE Firehall.

Operating HO model railway and Toy Trains display in the Patricia Anne.  

Royal Hudson 2860 Steam Locomotive

Canadian Pacific Railway Royal Hudson 2860

The Crown Jewel of our collection, 2860 is one of 65 ‘Hudson’ type 4-6-4 steam locomotives built for the CPR by Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW).

This series of engines was numbered 2800 to 2864, and the first was delivered in 1929. Our engine 2860 was finished in June, 1940. 

See this magnificent locomotive inside the CN Roundhouse. Climb into the cab, ring the bell!

Why does the Hudson have the ‘Royal’ designation? Visit us to find out. Or check the Exhibits page for more detailed information.

What’s happening at the Railway Museum for 2022

Train rides come in various sizes. All are kid and adult friendly!

  • Ride a BIG train – it could be the BC Rail Budd Diesel Rail Car,  BC-21, or the Canadian Pacific Henry Pickering Observation Car No. 598.
  • Ride the ever-popular Mini-Rail. Try something different and take a Track Speeder ride! 
  • Watch for our historic operational locomotives,  CP F7A #4069, CN FP9A #6520 and PGE #561.
  • See our operating HO Model Train layout and historic Toy Trains of all scales in the Patricia Anne.  

Check out the ‘old time’ print shop with a vintage printing press in operation.

Visit the car Shop to check out the Post Office car and Colonist Sleeper Car.

Food and drinks are available, so be sure to pick up something from the Food Truck, and enjoy a picnic on the grounds. 

Thanks for riding the North Pole Express

Day out with Thomas - August 2021

Returning in Spring of 2022 - A Day Out With Thomas

Take a ride on our Mini-Rail Train

Our mini-rail rides are very popular! A great way to see most of the park grounds, this 20 minute ride covers over 2km of track and takes riders from one end of the grounds to the other.

Departing from Silver Fox Station, the train makes its way past Twin Cedars, then the Garden Railway, to Wilkie Station where the engine is turned. The ride goes all the way around to Mason Station before returning to Silver Fox Station.

All aboard! And remember, when you’re riding the train, it’s always fun to smile and wave at everyone along the way.