The Toronto Railway Museum is located at the former CPR John Street roundhouse in downtown Toronto. It features an eclectic collection of locomotives, passenger cars and more from the Toronto area, together with interpretive displays explaining their significance.
I visited it in August 2021 and took some photos. Here are a few.
The impressive coaling tower at the museum dominates the scene. Several pieces of rolling stock are visible, including CN 9159, a rare Reinhart Vinegars tank car, and CP 7069. You can barely see CN 6213 on the far side.
There are two cabeese (cabooses seems wrong) in the collection, Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo 70 and CNR 79144. The THB caboose looks like it is in the midst of restoration.
What should be the star of the show is CNR 6213. This massive steam engine was (is?) owned by the City of Toronto and was displayed at the Canadian National Exhibition grounds and was moved here recently. It was built in August 1942 and served for a mere 17 years before being retired in 1959, and donated to the city in 1960.
It’s located inside a fenced compound and is rather difficult to view and photograph. I’m guessing it is here to keep vandals away but it’s a shame that it’s not more prominently displayed.
Switcher CP 7020 is an Alco S-2, one of 55 built during World War 2 at the American Locomotive Company’s plant in New York for Canadian Pacific. This is the paint scheme it was delivered in.
This locomotive is an interesting one. This is CP 7069, one of 11 “DS4-4-1000” road switchers (7065-7075) purchased from Baldwin in 1948. They operated mostly on Vancouver Island. This particular locomotive is the only one of its kind preserved, acquired by a “D.A. Lister” and eventually moved here. It’s not listed on the TRHA’s roster so it may still be privately owned.
There are plenty of other interesting items at the Toronto Railway Museum, including this smokeless Plymouth locomotive. This ran on compressed air and was used at a factory in Welland, Ontario. Locomotives like this used compressed air or steam without having their own boiler onboard, often for fire prevention reasons. They would get “pumped up” then go about their business, returning to a compressor or boiler to get “refilled” for more work.
There are several buildings on site, including the Don station with the iconic “witches hat” tower that several CPR stations featured.
There are a few passenger cars, including the GO Transit one shown earlier, the “Cape Race” and the “Jackman” which can be seen behind the Don station.
I enjoyed my very brief visit to the Toronto Railway Museum. Nothing was open for touring when I was there, so I can’t comment on what you can go inside.
If you’re in the downtown Toronto area, it’s well worth a visit. It’s right beside the CN Tower, Rogers Centre and many other attractions in the area.