Campaigns and events

Fundraising campaigns and events.

Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, is owned and operated by the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, a non-profit society and registered charity.

Fundraising Campaign 2022

Steam Ride!

Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, owned and operated by the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, a not for profit corporation and a registered charity, has undertaken to raise $100,000 to build a coach for visitors to ride in behind an operating steam locomotive at Exporail, the John Molson. After 50 years of service, it is time to give this locomotive something to pull!

For more information please download the PDF.

Fundraising campaign 2021

EXPORAIL’s 60th anniversary rolling stock restoration campaign

Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum has celebrated its 60th birthday in 2021!

To mark this 60th anniversary, the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, the non-profit association, which owns Exporail, has decided to restore three vehicles from its collection to exhibit-quality condition. We had a campaign to raise $180,000 in donations from members and friends for this project.

The first vehicle to be restored is scenic dome-observation-lounge car Sibley Park.

The second vehicle to be restored will be a CN vehicle chosen from the CRHA’s collection by the Board of Directors, thanks to CN’s donation.

The third vehicle to be restored will be chosen by the donors to this campaign.

The CRHA has an expert panel reviewing our entire rolling stock collection in detail now, and we expect a report from them in early fall 2021. Three pieces, as candidates for restoration, will be selected by the CRHA Board of Directors based on the findings of this panel, and donors will vote on which of the three gets the go-ahead.


Benefit events

Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum is a not-for-profit organization that raises funds to support the development and enhancement of its collections. An annual fundraising campaign is held and many activities are carried out in partnership with long-time collaborators, members of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA), their social networks and the Friends of the Museum.

100 Years of Canadian Railway Recipes

All aboard for an historic dining experience!

This 200 page cookbook  (available both in French and in English) contains 90 recipes collected from three major Canadian railways: CN, Canadian Pacific and VIA Rail Canada.

This cookbook is a unique treasure of railway heritage. Grouped under several mouth-watering themes, the recipes also feature superb archival photographs of artefacts, anecdotes from workers and historical information on life aboard dining cars and in the kitchens. A century of culinary expertise is highlighted to satisfy the most discriminating palate!

Click HERE to read an excerpt from the book

Where to purchase this cookbook?

SOLD OUT at the Gift Shop of Exporail !

The Cookbook is available in the following place:

Tourisme Montérégie (Brossard / QC) 450-766-1510

A team of Specialists

The cookbook was compiled by two Exporail authors: the preface was written by Jean-Paul Viaud, curator, and Marie-Paule Partikian, museologist, did the historical and iconographic research. History buffs will appreciate the details in this work.

The artistic direction of the culinary aspects of the book was done by the team at  Prima Vidéo, under Line Pomerleau. Also, the 90 recipes taken from the CN, Canadian Pacific, and VIA Rail Canada archives were tested by Culinary Stylist Josée Robitaille, who has worked with several well-known chefs. Some of the recipes were adapted to today’s tastes to make them easier to prepare. Christian Desjardins’ photographs add a contemporary and refined touch to this unique cookbook.

Our Partners

This project was made possible by our main financial partner, the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and also, la Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) de la Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent. Many other partners contributed to the success of this project, particularly Martin Gemme, chef and sommelier at VIA Rail Canada, who introduced the more recent culinary heritage and, of course, the CN and Canadian Pacific, who continually support Exporail’s activities.

Fundraising Campaign (2013-2014)

Exporail wishes to thank everyone who donated generously to our on-line « crowdfunding » event on the website which took place last Spring and was led by Christian Bougie, in charge of philanthropy, sponsors, and partnerships at Exporail.

All profits from the cookbook sales will be used for the preservation, conservation, research, exhibitions, education and dissemination of Canada’s railway heritage.

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