About the Society
The Bytown Railway Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization
incorporated under federal government statute to promote an interest in
railways and railway history. It was founded in 1969 and today its
activities include its twice-monthly meetings, the publication of a
magazine for members and subscribers (Branchline) and the restoration and operation of a number of pieces of historic railway equipment located at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.
The Bytown Railway Society (BRS) has had a long history of active
participation in the rail scene in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec
from running excursions to providing the service crews for the Canada
Science and Technology Museum's operation of ex-CP steam locomotive 1201
and today, their Shay locomotive. The Society has produced over 30
publications and continues this activity with some recent highly praised
publications plus its flagship book "Canadian Trackside Guide" ®.
Find out more about the Bytown Railway Society's activities and how you can subscribe to Branchline, by reviewing the information on the BRS site.
NOW AVAILABLE Canadian Trackside Guide ® 2013
The ONLY comprehensive guide to Canadian railways, includes U.S. based operations. 5½” x 8½” 704 pages.
- Locomotives of CN (including IC, WC, GTW, B&LE, DW&P, EJ&E, DMIR), CPR, VIA, Regional & Shortline railways, plus all Industrial locomotives;
- Urban Rail Transit, Passenger Cars, Cabooses;
- Preserved Canadian Locomotives & Equipment;
- Work Service Cars & other Non-revenue Equipment;
- Subdivision details for all railways: station names, mileposts, radio frequencies, detector locations, divisional maps, detailed maps of major rail centres;
Please see our Sales Desk page to order your copy.
Duncan du Fresne, 1930-2012
It is with great sorrow the Bytown Railway Society announces the loss of one of it's founding members, Duncan du Fresne. A renowned and much sought after railway historian, Dunc was an author and speaker on the days of steam on the railways, particularly Canadian Pacific where he worked as a locomotive fireman until 1957. He wrote two books for the Society (Snow Plow Extra and When Steam and Steel Get in Your Blood) and for many years wrote a monthly column, "Tidbits", for the Society's magazine, Branchline. Also a retired air traffic controller, Dunc personified everything transportation. When not restoring and running steam locomotives at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Duncan spent many hours cruising down the Rideau Canal system on his pride and joy, the "Channel Island," a 36-foot cruiser he built himself.
You Can Now Subscribe to Branchline Online
Subscribers to Branchline can now renew their subscriptions online using PayPal.
Page last updated: April 5, 2013.