You can now experience life as a railroader. Get hands-on experience as you train as a telegraph operator, engineer, brakeman and even track maintenance crews. This 4.5 hour program, led by retired workers and railway historians gets you up close and personal to all the jobs on the railway.
Pull up a stool and get your fingers ready for an interactive training session about communicating railway style. Learn why the telegraph office was one of the most important places for many communities.
Tour of the station and site
Tour the museum grounds and get up close and personal with many of our train cars. Hear stories about working on the railway and the importance of a caboose or the difference in running a steam vs. diesel locomotive… don’t forget about the snowplow!
Here’s your chance to learn how to communicate with moving trains. Grab a lantern and your guide book and start throwing your arms around (well, it’s not quite that simple).
LUNCH – Railroader’s lunch
Take a ride on the rails with our handcar. Throw a switch to get to your destination. Once there, you’ll have a chance to gauge some track, move some ballast and nail in a spike. It’s just all in a day’s work.
Engineer and Brakeman training
Now it’s time to put the skills you learned about signaling to good use. Take a turn in the engine and follow directions from the brakeman by coupling the engine to a caboose. Then hop off the train and practice your signals by directing our engineer.
*schedule subject to change depending on weather and/or for safety reasons.
Time, dates and pricing
The program is available from April to November (weather permitting) and runs Sundays and Tuesdays from 10 am to 2:30 pm. Cost is $65 per person (includes all training, take homes and lunch). A minimum of 6 people to a maximum of 12 people are required. Less than 6 people can participate, but the rate will be adjusted to reflect 6 participants.
If you wish to participate in the demonstrations of track work, you are required to wear steel-toe shoes. We will supply your safety vest. The program will is mainly outside and will run rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
As part of the program, you will receive a revised rule book, red handkerchief as well as a certificate upon completion of your training.
Due to the nature of some of the training, children must be 10 years or older to participate. It is at the discretion of your guide to determine the level of participation for each participant depending on age and physical limitations.
Before commencing the program, the museum requires all participants to fill out emergency contact information and sign a waiver.
We are currently taking bookings for the 2016 season. Bookings must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance. 50% deposit is required upon booking.Please call the museum (613) 283-5696 or email email@example.com for more information or to book.
(Photos courtesy of the family of Samuel Campbell.)