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Visiting Halton County Radial Railway Museum

Transit history: taking a ride at the Halton County Radial Railway and Museum

Depending on your age, you probably remember different types of streetcars and subway trains in Toronto. Remember when the Red Rocket was actually the Red Rocket? I do.

Visiting the Halton County Radial Railway and Museum is like taking a ride down memory lane. Select retired streetcars, rail cars, rapid transit, locomotives, and freight and passenger trains make their home at this location just northwest of Milton (north of Campbellville) on Guelph Line.

Halton County Radial Railway and Museum is operated by Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association (OERHA), which  was founded in 1953, and opened the location in 1972 as a museum. It currently has over 75 vehicles in its collection – the oldest having been built in 1901.

Things to do here:

  • Take a ride on a vintage streetcar and a passenger train, restored to their earlier glory, along the 2 km loop rail.
  • Bring your camera, best lenses and tripod to take photos of numerous vintage transit vehicles with interesting features (most are housed in a large display barn).
  • Take a stop on the rail ride for a bite to eat at a restored TTC streetcar turned into a mini-diner
  • Take a ride in the caboose (extra $2.50/person)
Halton County Radial Railway Museum

How many people traveled on this streetcar? Who knows – but chances are that many a grandparent took a ride on this one.

Halton County Radial Railway Museum

An old train station from Meadowvale Village which is now part of Mississauga

Halton County Radial Railway Museum

From one of the old streetcars from the 1920s – still in working order!

Halton County Radial Railway Museum

The old passenger train that transported London, Ontario residents to Port Stanley

Halton County Radial Railway Museum

Taking a ride on an old passenger train that used to go from London to Port Stanley

Halton County Radial Railway Museum

Frank sits in one of the older TTC subway train cars that some of us may remember from recent years.

Tickets: Adults – $11.50; Seniors (65+) – $10.25; Youth (4-17) – $8.75; 3 years & under and 90+ – Free

How to get there from Toronto:
Take the 401 west. Exit at 312 – Guelph Line. Travel north on Guelph Line until you reach the museum on east side of the road (approx. 10 miles/15 kilometers).

Hours of Operation:
July and August open weekdays 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays (First Saturday in May to last Sunday in October): 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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