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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

NOW ACCEPTING ORDERS for Canadian Trackside Guide® 2015 Shipping mid-April

Canadian Trackside Guide 2015

Edited by Earl Roberts & David Stremes

  • 5½” x 8½”, 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.

Operating Timetables for sale

We have some operating timetables available for sale. These can be ordered by selecting the timetables you are interested in and sending us an email at to confirm your order and invoicing. The current timetable listing is available here

Preserved Railway Equipment in Canada

In order to provide more visibility to the breadth of railway equipment preserved across Canada, the Bytown Railway Society is making available the Preserved Railway Equipment section of it's Canadian Trackside Guide, in four sections. As follows:


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: February 2,2015.