BRS LogoThe Bytown Railway Society is a volunteer, non-profit organization incorporated under federal government statute whose objective is to facilitate, aid and promote an interest in Canadian railway history and other related transportation and communications media; to own, preserve, acquire, maintain and restore artifacts or relics relating to the history of railways and other related transportation and communication media, and assist companion organizations in any of these.

Our Charitable Registration Number is: 118822261RR0001.

The Society was founded in 1969 and today our activities include 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, The Society's Equipment, located at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.

The Society 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 their Shay locomotive.

The Society has produced over 30 publications and continues this activity with some recent highly praised Publications for Sale, plus our annual flagship book Canadian Trackside Guide®.

Find out more about the Society's activities by browsing the information here on our site.

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