Canadian Museum of Rail Travel - Exterior Buildings and Trains
Freight shed to right - Main buildings at center - Train Display Area to left
Total length buildings and displays 400 m (1,300 ft)
View to southwest along Highway 3/95 downtown Cranbrook.
Google Maps can show a moving image of the entire site.
museum complex of buildings is made up of two main parts, (1) the new
facilities, which includes the new brick building and the historic wooden Freight shed and (2)
the trains display area.
facilities for visitor services, display, and various programs. The
Grand Opening took place in September of 2004.
Railway Freight Shed (built 1898) 5,000 sq.ft on each of two levels
- The Main
Entrance Hall (3 storeys high and 2,000 sq.ft) with a 2-storey-high
fireplace as the display of first impression and links the Freight Shed
to the rest of the building
- The Office
area (two levels of 1700 sq ft total)
- The Royal
Alexandra Hall (2800 sq ft and 21/2 storeys high) made entirely of oak,
is the former grand café of the luxurious 1906 Royal
Alexandra Hotel of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the pride of the Canadian Pacific Railway until it was demolished in
1971. It was resurrected/restored at the Museum between 1999 and 2004.
- The Reception
Hall (1250 sq.ft and 2 1/2 storeys high) and The Palm Court (600 sq.ft)
are both located alongside the Royal Alexandra Hall.
Addition (constructed 2004-05) 2600 sq. ft on two levels with historic
archives on 2 upper levels and access corridor to the rail excursion track at the
back of the Museum, and a large 2000 sq/ft gift shop/museum store.
collection relocated in September of 2002.
- 3 tracks
(800 to 1000 feet long each) displaying the best of Canadian Passenger
trains of various eras from 1887 to 1955.
- The 650-foot
long and complete 7-car set of the 1929 Trans-Canada Limited
is strategically placed along the street side of the museum as a major
visual impact for the trains display. This train set received National Historic designation in June 2011.
- A 600
foot long raised "Viewing Corridor is built between tracks
1 & 2 for ease of pedestrian access for tours in all types of weather.
of and Development of the Museum
An extended view of the museum facilities, with the Freight shed to the right, and the historic trains to the far left, beyond the brick buildings.