Monday, July 22, 2019

Halton County Radial Railway Museum

Milton is the home away from home for wayward Toronto Transit Commission streetcars. Quite a collection of railed vehicles including TTC subway cars are located on the museum's large property at 13629 Guelph Line. The non-profit Halton County Radial Railway collects, restores and operates electric railway cars and other associated equipment which you can explore and take short trips on.

The railway's website says that your ticket "includes unlimited historic streetcar rides on two kilometers of scenic track, which stops at our famous ice cream shop (approximately a 20 minute ride), access to the grounds, display barns and historic Rockwood Station. No admission is required to our Gift Shop where guests can find unique railway inspired gifts and tasty treats, including a hot dog lunch. Parking is FREE."
A maintenance truck with railway wheels

The scenic two-kilometre train track, owned and operated by the Ontario Electric Railway Association is electrified so that the various trains can make runs up and down the route, leaving from the 'Rockwood' Station and traveling to the ice cream stop at 'Meadowvale' Station. There were three trains that you could ride on the day we visited and one was a really old, open style TTC car built in 1933 along with a 1923 TTC streetcar and finally a radial engine from the London to Port Stanley line.
The East End Cafe located just south of the Meadowvale Station is a cool place to get ice cream and other treat. Cars stop at this location for about ten minutes and you can wander the area, eat your ice cream and wait for the next train, or jump on the returning car.
An adult admission for 2019 is $15.50 plus HST while kids under 3 and seniors over 90 are free - you can also buy a family rate ticket. Trains leave the station beginning at 11am. Here are their posted hours from May till October:

Weekends & Holidays Only: 10am–5pm
Weekdays: 10am–4:30pm
Weekends & Holidays: 10am–5pm
Weekends & Holidays Only: 10am–5pm
Events outside of these hours are adjusted annually.
The last ride leaves 30 minutes before closing.

Old No 327 comes out of the forest
Barn 3 and the Sir Adam Beck Centre have an extensive collection of the railed vehicles
Some of the many cars you can explore

See more railcars after the jump.
The London and Port Stanley engine ready to go
Inside the beautifully restored London and Port Stanley car
Relocated historic Rockwood Station structure

Some TTC subway cars in the Sir Adam Beck Centre

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