Join us for a Day Out With Thomas!
Thomas returns to the Railway Museum of BC May 28-29 & June 4-5! Tickets available NOW.
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Join us for a Day Out With Thomas!
Thomas returns to the Railway Museum of BC May 28-29 & June 4-5! 7 departures each day.
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Dream Big! Join us for a Day Out With Thomas
Thomas returns to the Railway Museum of BC May 28-29 & June 4-5! Tickets available NOW for 7 departures per day.
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Join us for a Day Out With Thomas - Dream Big!
Thomas returns to the Railway Museum of BC May 28-29 and June 4-5, 2022!
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Railway Museum of British Columbia

Join us for a
‘Day Out With Thomas’
May 28-29 and June 4-5, 2022 

The Railway Museum of British Columbia is delighted to announce the return of Thomas and his friends this Spring! 

This Annual event is one of biggest and most important fundraising events of the year. Proceeds are used to help fulfill our mission to preserve the railway heritage of British Columbia and restore  the trains and railway artifacts in our possession.   

Tickets are ON SALE NOW for seven departures a day. Choose your times for Saturday or Sunday, with multiple morning and afternoon trains.   

Peep Peep – Get ready for a full day of fun with Thomas the tank engine!

Thomas the Tank Engine is rolling into town for a day of BIG dreams and even BIGGER smiles. Jump on board Thomas for an interactive train ride, pick up your  Dream Pass and head to the Play Pod and Imagination Station, or say Hello to Sir Topham Hatt!

Bring the whole family & imagine how far you will go!

Opening Canada Day, Friday July 1, then every Saturday all Summer!

History is alive At the Railway Museum of BC

Here at the Museum, 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 to see at the Museum

We open for the season on Canada Day, Friday, July 1.

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!

  • May 22: Engine #374 Celebration at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown – Details here! 
  • May 28-29 & June 4-5: Join us for ‘Day Out With Thomas – Dream Big!’
  • 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.  
  • Nov/Dec: Ride with us on the North Pole Express to visit Santa.

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. 

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.