Here's a list of some of our favourite rail sites, roughly in alphabetical order. If you have a site you'd like to see listed here, or if you find any broken links on this page, click here to let us know.
Galt Historic Railway Park "...collects, preserves, restores, exhibits and interprets artifacts which represent the history and social impact of the “steam” era in southern Alberta and the coal era with emphasis on Galt Railway and the 1890 International Train Station Depot North West Territories from Coutts/Sweetgrass."
All In a Day's Work -
an article about the friendly track-laying competition between the Central
Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.
Atlas of Alberta
Railways - from the site: "Enter the Atlas of Alberta
Railways website for a fascinating graphic approach to the railroading
history of Alberta. The Atlas' 224 detailed maps are accompanied by short
articles, illustrations, historic photographs, charts, graphs and
interesting trivia that provide a comprehensive overview of the railways
in our province."
C. Robert Craig Memorial Library -
one of Canada's largest collections. Its mandate is "to collect,
preserve and make available to the public, materials that document the
history of rail transportation in Canada, with an emphasis on eastern
Canada, By Train -
A Library and Archives Canada site with three main sections. Ties That Bind is a
short history of Canada's railways and how they marketed their passenger
services. It creates a context for the other two sections. Transcontinental Tour highlights
Library and Archives Canada's (LAC) collection of railway advertising and
some of the companies that created it, and Tracking Time examines
the contribution of railways to the growth of Canada, through themes
ranging from urban growth to immigration. Important
Canadian events such as The Depression and
the Royal Visit of 1939 are
also linked to railways and trains.
Nova Scotia's Railway Heritage -
"The Nova Scotia Railway Heritage Society is delighted to help
introduce you to some of the railway history of Nova Scotia and to some of
the museums in which you can relive past railway glories of one of
Canada's most history-rich provinces...."
RailroadInfo - Site with lots of
links, news and information, the work of Bob Harbison.
Rails Canada - an all-rail,
all-Canadian internet search engine and directory.
Rolly Martin Country - A tribute
site created by David J. Gagnon. "I began this website a few years
ago to salute my friend Rolly, and to relive the very brief railway
operating career I had on the CPR along the north shore of Lake Superior.
From dairy farm experiences as a student, to the railway experience, to
hospital and management work, and volunteer work with railway preservation
and new immigrants to Canada, I have always been interested in understanding
systems, ideas, human behaviour, and history. In the end, I am really no
more than a student of history and old technologies."
Saskatchewan Railway Museum - Run by
the Saskatchewan Railroad Historical Association. From the site: "The
association was founded to collect, preserve, restore, exhibit, study, and
interpret Canadian Railway artifacts and Canadian Street Railway artifacts
and equipment, especially that of a type which has been used in
Wainwright Railway Preservation Society -
"The park is operated by the Wainwright Railway Preservation Society
under mandate to interpret the history and importance of Canadian National
Railways and its predecessor lines in Western Canada, with emphasis on the
Wainwright area. Wainwright Rail Park is built to depict a working rail