~contributed by the Revelstoke Railway Museum
The Revelstoke Railway Museum is pleased to partner with Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, to present Railway Witnesses: The Memory of a Nation. This exhibit highlights the important role played by railway companies over 175 years of Canadian history.
Initially, the railroads enabled people to travel twelve months out of the year. Later, the railway companies boldly initiated a chain of events that contributed to building the country as we know it today. Progress in rail technology not only affected the daily lives of people, but also transformed the country on the political and economic fronts.
Come and discover the major breakthroughs made since the founding of the railroad in 1836. This exhibition presents more than 80 artefacts, lithographies and documents from its collection, including the 1881 CPR contract, the portrait of Alexander Ross McKenzie, engineer in charge of the Victoria Bridge and the Diary of a member of the Canadian Railway Troops of 1917.
The Revelstoke Railway 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.
Exporail is Canada’s largest railway museum and is located in the cities of Delson and St. Constant in the Montreal region.
This exhibit will be featured from June 17 to September 16, 2012.
For information on the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s hours and admission rates, please visit www.railwaymuseum.com or contact us at 250-837-6060.