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, Charitable Registration Number: 118822261RR0001. The society 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.
Free Train Rides at the Museum
The society and the Canada Science & Technology Museum are offering free, 10 minute, train ride using some of the society's vintage railway equipment.
The train operates Sundays and Wednesdays for the months of July and August, from 10am to 4pm.
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Page last updated: July 13,2014.