THE FUTURE OF THE TORONTO RAILWAY MUSEUM IS NOW IN DOUBT!
In 1986, the Canadian Pacific Railway company made the decision to close the John Street Roundhouse and donate the facility to the City of Toronto for its use as a municipal railway museum.
The Toronto Railway Historical Association (TRHA) was established in 2001 to fulfill its mandate, as directed by the City of Toronto, to establish a meaningful Rail Museum at the Roundhouse Park. The Machine Shop has been the intended home for the Toronto Rail Museum since that time and constitutes the only remaining space available to the TRHA at the Roundhouse Park. To date, TRHA volunteers have completed over 50,000 hours of work, including the restoration of rolling stock and associated rail buildings as well as the construction and operation of the miniature railway. Over $22 million dollars have been invested in the restoration and development of Roundhouse Park by the City of Toronto and State Building Group.
Toronto Hydro currently has plans to build a transformer station on the Machine Shop site which will put an end to the use of the Machine Shop by the TRHA and eliminate any possibility for the establishment of the Toronto Railway Museum. This proposal utterly negates years of planning and effort by the TRHA and our volunteers and jeopardizes their continued work at the Roundhouse Park.
We cannot let over 25 years of planning and effort go to waste!
Read more in our Press Release on April 20th, 2012 by clicking here.