Climb aboard the Royal Train at Exporail!
The Royal Train – From May 4th to 21st 2018, the Royal Hudson steam locomotive (CPR 2850), which pulled King George VI’s Royal Train in 1939, will be open to Exporail visitors. The guided tour of the locomotive is scheduled for 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays and on Victoria Day. Groups of five people at a time accompanied by a guide will be able to tour the cab, and learn how the locomotive operated. They will also have the opportunity to learn about this famous visit to Canada by the Royal couple, during which they slept most nights on the train and toured the country. Children are invited to attend a craft workshop from 10 am to 10:30 am, 11 am to 11:30 pm, 2 pm to 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 4 pm where they can decorate their very own tiara or their medals.
2850 is a class H1d “Hudson” and typical of CPR’s passenger motive power of the period; it was designed by Henry B. Bowen and built by Montreal Locomotive Works in 1938. After the 30-day voyage from Quebec to Vancouver, during which the locomotive performed superbly, the monarch allowed CPR to use the title “Royal” when referring to locomotives of this class.
Until May 18, 2018: open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
From May 19 to June 23, 2018: daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
From June 24 to September 3, 2018: daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
From September 5 to October 28, 2018: from Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 am to 5 pm.
For more information please visit: www.exporail.org
Exporail’s regular activities are funded in part by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and benefit from the support of Ville de Saint-Constant and Ville de Delson. Special projects of Exporail are supported by Canadian Heritage and Employment and Social Development Canada. Exporail also receives support from Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Emploi-Québec Montérégie, the Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) de Roussillon, CN, Canadian Pacific, VIA Rail Canada, the Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA) Foundation, Réseau de Transport Métropolitain, the Railway Association of Canada, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the YMCA of Greater Toronto and the Société des musées du Québec.