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Expo Rail: A Memorable Journey

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--May 9, 2017.

larger_st.constant_0.jpgUntil May 28, 2017, Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum invites visitors for a last time to its exhibition: Voices from the Engraver. In this travelling exhibition, produced by the Bank of Canada Museum in partnership with the Canadian Museum of History, visitors have the opportunity to experience the creative process, the technical skill and the sheer artistry that underlies every series of Canadian stamps and bank notes from concept to final product. Original art, printing plates, videos, interactives, rare stamps, and money—lots of money—are waiting for you in this fun, informative and enriching look into the beauty and intricacy of Canadian stamps and bank notes. The visitors have also the opportunity to design their own currency or stamps.

The presentation of this exhibition has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

During the Royal Tour in 1939, there was a mail-express car that transported a record number of letters! Indeed, many people wanted to take advantage of the royal train postmark on their envelopes! As part of their tour of the Royal Hudson locomotive, children will also be invited to visit our mail car and create their own postmark.

From May 5th to 22nd 2017, the Royal Hudson steam locomotive (CPR 2850), which pulled King George VI’s Royal Train in 1939, will be open to Exporail visitors. The guided tour of the locomotive is scheduled for 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays and on Victoria Day. Groups of five people at a time accompanied by a guide will be able to tour the cab, and learn how the locomotive operated. They will also have the opportunity to learn about this famous visit to Canada by the Royal couple, during which they slept most nights on the train and toured the country.

Children are invited to wear their prince or princess costume and to attend a craft workshop from 10 am to 10 :30 am, 11 am to 11 :30 pm, 2 pm to 2:30 pm and 3 :30 pm to 4 pm. where they can decorate their very own tiara or their medals.

About the Royal Hudson steam locomotive (CPR 2850)
2850 is a class H1d "Hudson" and typical of CPR’s passenger motive power of the period; it was designed by Henry B. Bowen and built by Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW) in 1938. After the 30-day voyage from Quebec to Vancouver, during which the locomotive performed superbly, the monarch allowed CPR to use the title "Royal" when referring to locomotives of this class.

In 1961, the Canadian Government declared CPR Royal Hudson 2850 to be a National Historic Site.

About Exporail
Exporail is a project of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association, a non-profit organization. Exporail's regular activities are funded in part by the ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and benefit from the support of Ville de Saint-Constant and Ville de Delson. Exporail is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Employment and Social Development Canada, for special projects. Financial support is also provided by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Emploi-Québec Montérégie, Municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) de Roussillon, CN, Canadian Pacific, VIA Rail Canada, Canadian Railroad Historical Association Foundation, Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) and Société de transport de Montréal (STM).