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Elgin County Railway Museum, Saint Thomas

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The Elgin County Railway Museum is a rail transport museum in St. Thomas, Ontario.The museum and most of the collections are housed in the former Michigan Central Railroad locomotive shops. Built 1913, the shops were part of more extensive servicing facilities on the Canada Southern Railway. The museum acquired the facility in 1988 when the last owners, Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, left the area. The museum finally occupied the building in 1988. In 2009 15 acres of railway lands were acquired.The museum uses trackage from the museum that runs west and then south of the Museum. The line is used for the annual Day Out with Thomas ride.The nearby BX Tower was preserved and occupied by the museum but owned by the City of St. Thomas.CollectionThe museum collection includes five locomotives: Canadian National Railway #5700 "Hudson" - Montreal Locomotive Works K-5-a steam 4-6-4 locomotive Wabash #51 - GE 43-ton switcher Canadian Pacific Railway #8921 - Montreal Locomotive Works RSD-17 (the only one ever made) London and Port Stanley Railway #L1 - GE boxcab electric freight locomotive c.1915 Canadian National Railway #9171 - EMD F7Au (built as EMD F3 as GTW #9013, converted 1973, retired 1989) Several passenger and freight cars are also preserved, either inside the building or outside:
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TripAdvisor
  • This is a great place to see the wonderful history of St Thomas and it's railways there are lots of thins to see and do an amazing collection of trains and cars in great condition or being refurbished...  more »
  • Great place with lots of potential once they get all their funding in place and the whole museum open. Volunteers do a wonderful job. Love their little model train layout but needs an update after the...  more »
  • I went to the museum years ago when I was a kid and loved every second of it. It's always a kids dream to drive a big caboose and going to the museum really made the whole situation a whole lot more i...  more »
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  • Even as a work in progress there is plenty to see and do. Regular special events move through the museum and there is the store.
  • Awesome display,, friendly knowledgeable tour guides!
  • Great museum, just like many in Canada it needs more money to be top notch. Could use more real trains and full size exhibits.
  • If you love the rail road, rhan this is a must see
  • Bring railway history back to life