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“Impressive restoration!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Canadian Museum of Rail Travel

Canadian Museum of Rail Travel
Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
250-489-3918
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Ranked #6 of 18 things to do in Cranbrook
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Owner description: This museum houses the TransCanada Limited, a 1929 luxury train, as well as many other restored Canadian trains.
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“Impressive restoration!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

It takes 2 hours to complete the guided tour part of the museum. We arrived at 4:00 P.M. just in time to catch the last tour. We were very impressed with the restoration of the old train cars, some that had been used as cabins were in the process of being restored, the lavishnous of some of the cars and the determination that has gone into finding the old cars, furniture and history of the cars. We didn't have time to go thru the other part of the museum as we arrived to late.

Visited August 2011
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Calgary
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“Not recommended for families with children or if you like to ask questions :P”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

We were initially very excited to go to this museum, especially since our son is a big "choo-choo" buff. We registered for a one hour tour and unfortunately never made it on the tour. During the "pre-tour" video we were informed there would be no touching, sitting, talking or conversation above a whisper during the tour. And childrens hands would have to be held at ALL times- something that wouldn't happen we knew with our hands-on dude. Also, we were told we would not be permitted to ask detailed questions about the exhibits as the guides would not know the answers basically. This museum is great for anybody interested in interior design of trains but not great if you want to explore it at your own pace .
Only guided tours are available and you cannot access or view the exhibits on your own. A grand tour of all their trains is about 2 hrs long but you can pick and choose which sections you would like to see.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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“July16 2011”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

We were fascinated by the original workmanship and the Complex restorations in progress. The tours hilight CPR deluxe "VARNISH" in stages from Unrestored to
portions that are fully restored. If you are interested in the CPR, Trains, or Incredible Woodworking you will find this interesting. We were unable to take one of the Tours
(15 - 35 minutes each) , Our 12 year grandson was hoping we would be able to take it
later !!!!

Visited July 2011
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Vancouver, B.C.
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“For railway upholstery buffs only”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2010

Avoid this tedious experience at all costs. Visitors are required to take audio tours of the rail cars on display, accompanied by a guide, and are not permitted to wander freely on their own. The patronizing orientation video is geared to the level of a rowdy school field trip and, among other things, warns visitors not to talk above a whisper during the tours. The audio tours themsleves are mind-numbing and repetitive recitations of the decorating history of each car, which hold nothing of interest for non-afficianados, let alone for children. Mine are usually very attentive at museums and they were thoroughly bored from the outset. It takes a special kind of rail-buff myopia to ruin the experience of visiting these beautiful trains, but the organizers of this museum have succeeded.

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Calgary
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“Remarkable history!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2008

My husband and I visited while on our honeymoon (Aug 2006). It was a wonderful experience, as we both like trains and history. It was interesting to see the process of restoration of some very old items. They also showcase the different trends through the years. We are looking forward to visiting again and seeing the progress that has been made on the cars they were working on during our first visit.

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