Railroading: Past and Present

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September 26th 2017
Published: September 29th 2017
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Checking out of our Montreal hotel after breakfast, we had a bus ride across one of the bridges to the suburbs and the Exporail Canadian Railroad Museum. Our guide, a retired signal maintanance worker, showed us a replica of the first Canadian locomotive, a wood-burner steam engine imported from England and capable of traveling 25 miles in two hours. We also learned all about steam engines and diesel engines and had the opportunity to walk through engines, passenger cars, caboose (no longer in service). Heading back into Montreal, we had lunch at Creperie Chez Suzette in Old Town - I had crepes filled with sliced apples and brie, salad, and dessert. We are definitely well-fed. The afternoon bus ride took us through much of the rest of Montreal including Mont Royal (the mountain park) and St. Joseph's Oratory. We also drove through the more modern sections of the city. We arrived at the train station in time to explore the food court and choose sandwiches and whatever to eat on the train. The commuter train to Toronto was comfortable, lots of leg room, snack cart with drinks and all came down the aisle every hour or so. Arrival in Toronto was about on time - 8:30 pm - and the bus took us through the downtown to the Marriott Downtown.


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