The Canadian Railroad Historical Association

Discovering the universe behind the museum: the CRHA.


The CRHA is recognized as the pre-eminent source of knowledge and interpretation of Canadian railway history, and achieves this through the excellence of its research, conservation, museological, educational, archival, and publication activities.



The Canadian Railroad Historical Association is a volunteer non-profit charitable organization, founded in 1932 and incorporated in 1941.

The CRHA encourages and facilitates research and interpretation of Canadian railway history. It publishes and promotes its work for the benefit of historians and other interested people.



There are many Divisions of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA) across Canada, each organizing its own meetings, projects and activities.

Many of them have their own publications covering railway news and related activities in their own area.

A word from the President

“Together, let us put our shoulders to the wheel to make Exporail the National Railway Museum of Canada”.

History of the CRHA

The CRHA is the most senior railway enthusiast organization in Canada devoted to preserving and interpreting Canada’s railway heritage, which its founders and members have safeguarded from coast to coast.

Corporate documents

Bylaws and certificate , CRHA Strategic Plan 2018-2021, annual Reports  and financial statements and more.

Board of Directors

The Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA) is Canada’s oldest railway enthusiast organization, founded in 1932, and incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1941.  It has members across Canada and elsewhere in the world.


Since 1986, the purpose of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA) Awards is to recognize and honour individuals and organizations whose endeavours in the previous year have contributed significantly to the recording and/or preservation of artefacts of historical value related to Canada’s railways.

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