Thursday, May 23, 2019

A Visit to Exporail

Galen and Kelly took a road trip north to visit Exporail in Quebec. It is a beautiful museum and we very much enjoyed our visit. Luc was a fantastic host, spending most of his morning with us for a tour. We got to see the car shop and inside of a ornate sleeper car, both of which are typically not accessible to guests. He also let us have an extended visit with Montreal Tramways W2, the younger sister crane to our W1, so we could take photos for reference for when we begin repairing W1. (The third Montreal crane, W3, was also saved and resides at the Shoreline Trolley Museum.) We were also happy to see both Montreal observation cars 1 and 3, the sisters to our car 4 and Seashore Trolley Museum's 2. They have an extensive collection of trolleys (trams) along with both steam and diesel locomotives. Trolley and train services run in the summer months. We recommend visiting.

Primary operating trolley Montreal Tramways 1959 in the car shop for new doors

Montreal Tramways W2, sister to our W1

Montreal Tramways 1, sister to Seashore Trolley Museum's 2 (Note how 1 and 2 have beavers on their light bars, unlike 3 and 4. 1 and 2 are older, having wood bodies while 3 and 4 have steel bodies)

Montreal Tramways 3, sister to our car 4

Sleigh-like omnibus from the Mont Royal Street Railway Company

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