Revelstoke Railway Museum celebrates home-coming with a special Family Day

All things railway are on offer at the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s Family Day event on Saturday

All things railway are on offer at the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s Family Day event! As part of the community’s homecoming celebrations, the museum is opening its doors for family fun with special guests and activities that feature some of the best of past Railway Days festivals.

The Salmon Arm Model Railroad Association will be showcasing its model railroad layout, joining our own Revelstoke Model Railroad Club that day with lots of demonstrations for all ages to enjoy.

Try your hand a driving a diesel locomotive in our newly upgraded simulator! Relax with a cup of coffee in the business car. Enjoy a personal tour of one, or all, of our three galleries and in our rolling stock outside. Visit with our volunteer engineers in the steam locomotive and our vintage diesel and see the difference that time and technology makes!

The kids can make a variety of crafts and there is a children’s scavenger hunt that requires the use of a unique station map that may be turned in for a special prize. Help us identify person, places, and things in photographs from our collection and enter your own prize photography in our photo contest. Lots more to see and do!

Help us anticipate our raffle draw by buying a ticket to win one of two significant prizes. First prize is a framed limited print by railway artist Max Jacquiard featuring our own 5468 steam engine crossing the Columbia River Bridge in Revelstoke. Second prize is a framed photograph of a steam locomotive crossing the same bridge, artistically captured by Nils Huxtable. All funds raised go to support the museum’s operations. Thank you to Barrie Sanford and the Revelstoke Model Railroad Club for the prize donations. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 and are available now.

As always, we offer informative and interactive exhibits including audio visual presentations and art and photograph displays. The kids caboose is a favourite place to play and there is lots to learn about the history and operations of the railway through the mountains and the people who make it happen. Be sure to check out our gift shop for a great selection of books and railway themed items.

Join us trackside on Saturday August 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to enjoy all that we have to offer for Family Day. Arrive any time as activities are ongoing all day. Admission is by donation.

A major tourist attraction for the region, the Revelstoke Railway Museum is operated by the Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society, a local, non-profit organization. The museum presents the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the Columbia Mountains, as well as the role the railway, and its workers, have played in building Canada as a nation. A large collection of artifacts, historical photographs, artwork, and full-size rolling stock are displayed, including a steam locomotive built for mountain work.

 

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