Explore our history through the Railway Museum’s new show

By David F. Rooney

Our national history is so intertwined with the development of railways from 1836 to the present day that the fascinating Railway Witnesses: The Memory of a Nation exhibition jointly presented by the Revelstoke Railway Museum and Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, is a very apt title.

Using old films and photos, century-old paintings, historical artifacts and text panels, this show recounts the history of railway development alongside Canada’s economic and social growth.

Railway buffs and people interested in our history will likely find this show, which runs until September 16, of great interest.

For information on the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s hours and admission rates, please visit www.railwaymuseum.com or contact them at 250-837-6060.

Jennifer Dunkerson, executive director of the Revelstoke Railway Museum, welcomes visitors attending the opening of its joint show with Exporail, Railway Witnesses: The Memory of a Nation. Using artifacts, photographs, text and old films, the interesting show explores the impact of the railway on the national memory. David F. Rooney photo
Lachlan Gonzalez helps his boss, Jennifer Dunkerson, cut the cake marking the opening of the Exporail-Railway Museum show, Railway Witnesses: The Memory of a Nation. David F. Rooney photo
Everybody loves cake, as Lachlan Gonzalez discovered when a line up quickly formed at the refreshments table. David F. Rooney photo
A visitor peruses the display about the way the Canadian Pacific Railway was used during the Riel Rebellion. David F. Rooney photo
This exhibit shows how the CPR appealed for workers. David F. Rooney photo
For hundreds of thousands of immigrants who rode the rails west from the ports of Halifax and Montreal, Canada was, indeed, the promised land where they could build new lives free of the oppression and discrimination of the Old World. David F. Rooney photo