Toronto Railway Museum

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Toronto Railway Museum
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Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Toronto Railway Museum is dedicated to preserving the physical legacy, history and experience of rail transportation in Toronto and Ontario. The museum encompasses Roundhouse Park with Stall 17 as the temporary home of the railway simulator and small artifact display. Don Station houses our gift shop and ticket sales for our Miniature Train ride. Explore the grounds to find our interpretive plaques!
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Susan B
Ontario, Canada669 contributions
Aug 2021
Our grandson loves trains. So after the aquarium we wondered around looking at the outdoor trains.
We saw the indoor museum, and from the door you can see other train cars, that look like you can see closer. Nope, and nope. There is just a very, very small museum that they charge $10 for adults and $5 for the grandson.
From the door of the museum is all that you will be able to see, nothing in the back or side you can go to. We were done in about 5-7 minutes. We felt it was a rip off. Do not go this one.
Written August 20, 2021
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liorda
8 contributions
Sep 2021
We didn't plan to visit the museum, but the outdoor (free) trains were fun to watch and board, so we thought that there were more fun activities waiting inside. We were disappointed to see that there were no children activities other than a few coloring sheets. The place was pretty small and we finished in about 30 minutes, but for $30 for a family of 4 it's fine.
Written September 12, 2021
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Stirling B
Ottawa, Canada553 contributions
Dec 2019
My partner & I toured the outdoor portion of this display of old train engines and cars just south of Yonge Street . The railroad cars are spread out in the small park and though we didn’t visit there is a small indoor part of the museum. Good place to take the kids.
Written January 13, 2020
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Walter Gramiak
Pittsford, NY3 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
The outdoor train roundhouse and exhibits were interesting and well done. However, when I entered the small door at stall 17 which was advertised with a sign as the actual train museum I got quite a shock. After paying $10 and entering, I soon realized that this was just a very small room with only a few train artifacts. It was basically a room used to trap tourists into paying $10 each. I requested a refund and only after enduring arguments that I should pay because I had already seen the whole museum, even though it was tiny and contained nothing much of consequence. This was obviously a ploy to extract $10 from unknowing tourists to pay for seeing the trains on display on the outside the museum. It is very dishonest and the organization which devised this setup should be embarrassed by the trickery.
Written May 6, 2022
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TheOutsider55
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK140 contributions
Dec 2021
We (2 couples) decided to pay a visit to the railway museum as part of a wider trip to Toronto. Based on the old rolling stock outside the museum, we were looking forward to what was on offer inside. As soon as we stepped inside, we knew we had made a mistake. The 10 dollar per person entry fee which had seemed OK beforehand suddenly became a king's ransom. There was a quarter of a large hanger given over to some very lacklustre exhibits - many of which weren't working. There were two carriages to explore but there was really nothing of interest and aside the train simulator (which I think was intended for children but we were scraping the barrel by this point), there was nothing to illuminate what must have been such an important part of the City's history. We challenged the fee but the woman on the desk has probably heard it a thousand times before and was adept at some corporate spiel to try and justify it. We stayed 20 minutes max and that was with making every effort to try and see beyond the dully displayed information. 40 dollars for 20 minutes. Definitely not worth it and what a missed opportunity to create something of interest and even excitement for the many people who love trains and train history. Stick to looking at the trains outside if you do go (it's fee) and enter at your own peril ...
Written January 15, 2022
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines7,588 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Just fronting the CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium is an outdoor exhibit with displays of railroad cars and locomotive engines. Liked that they charge nothing for this museum , and that it somehow retain its previous history and heritage . I noticed however that the indoor portion was closed . Is it because of winter. But I loved strolling around and taking photos .
Written March 1, 2020
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PeterCarolynn
Milles Isles, Canada44 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
Very cool that they have housed this is the old switching station. Don't just look at the articles on display... (although they are displayed very nicely). Take a good look at the interior of the building itself. Beautifully built, there is still the soot marks on the ceiling from the old train smoke stacks. The train simulator was very interesting and it took quite a few minutes before we could figure out how to get the train going! They also have a mini train set for kids to play with and that was nice for the 5 year old we could read the other details of exhibits. We are looking forward to returning to see the restoration of the "Nova Scotia" car. We sincerely hope the city or province will fund their restorations and expansions.
Written October 10, 2015
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Karen5679
Mississauga, Canada138 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
While waiting for our Steam Whistle Brewery Tour (highly recommended, see my review) we walked around the Toronto Railway Museum. I was impressed with how interactive it was, being able to get right up on the trains and take pictures. We also went to the old Don Station and paid the minimal fee to ride the train around the area. I thought this would be a ridiculous thing to do as an adult but I was actually really impressed. Great views of the CN Tower, just a nice 5 or 6 minute ride around.
Written October 13, 2015
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mouseHerts
Herts1,553 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
The museum is quite small inside, although there are several locomotives on display outside. If you're a railway enthusiast, you'll enjoy it. If you're not, keep away, but you can't moan at the price of 5CD for an adult and only 3 CD for a senior.
Written August 10, 2017
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victorcyho
Toronto, Canada589 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
Was downtown and decided to swing by the Toronto Railway Museum. First overall though was that it was pretty cool and was good to hang out and take pictures. The main yard is free to the public. Only the small train ride and the inner museum cost a little.

When you get there, you can see a few different train cars parked outside. Those were cool to look at. They also have a history board about the certain train car there. There are around 8 different trains, some at the front and some by the train yard.

Next, they have a mini train where you can ride for a few bucks. The track itself seems pretty long and if you have kids, it might be worth it to entertain the kids.

They have a small Little gift shop where they sell train stuff. The prices were ok. If you like train pictures, posters, pins or mugs, you can get them there.

Lastly, they have this little small museum where you can pay 5 bucks to go in and look at the history and such of CP and trains.

The staff was kind and seem genuinely interested in the place they work.

Personal Last Note: if you are down by the CN tower or Ripleys or MTCC or the Roger Center, swing by and take a look yourself. It's worth the walk.
Written July 11, 2017
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