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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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  • 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 »
  • I have not had a chance to visit the Railway museum yet ! But every time I go by it it seems like it is calling me to come in! It looks well kept and I know there will be stories of times gone by that...  more »
  • just amazing how much history is here --a must to visit before we lose the story tellers. a special,annual event with Thomas the engine is very popular with children of all ages 
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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