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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.

What's New

Society a key Partner in supporting the 2014 Ottawa Train Expo d'Ottawa

Ottawa Train Expo

The society is pleased to announce we are a key sponsor in this event. The event takes place April 26 and 27th, at the Ernest Young Center, in Ottawa.

For more information about the event, please visit Ottawa Train Expo d'Ottawa













NOW SHIPPING Canadian Trackside Guide 2014

Canadian Trackside Guide 2013

Edited by Earl Roberts & David Stremes

  • 5 x 8, Soft cover, 736 pages
  • Locomotives of Canadian National Railway (including Illinois Central), Canadian Pacific Railway, VIA Rail Canada, Regional and Shortline Railways, plus all Industrial locomotives; Urban Rail Transit; Passenger Cars; Cabooses, Work Service Cars and other Non-revenue Equipment
  • Preserved Canadian Locomotives and Equipment
  • VIA and Excursion train schedules
  • Subdivision details for all railways: station names, mileposts, radio frequencies, talking detector locations, divisional maps, detailed maps of major rail centres
  • Railway Reporting Marks
  • Freight Train Numbers

The only comprehensive guide to Canadian railways, including US based operations.

Please visit our Sales Desk page to order your copy.

Tributes

Our tribute to Duncan has temporarily been moved to here until we can provide a suitable recognition website page.


Branchline Issue

You Can Now Subscribe to Branchline Online

Subscribers to Branchline can now renew their subscriptions online using PayPal.



Page last updated: April 4,2014.