125th CPR Train Anniversary Celebration

1st Passenger Train Arrives in Port Moody – July 4th, 1886

Friday, July 1st – Sunday, July 3rd

This year the Port Moody Station Museum celebrates the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the 1st trans-Canada passenger train. July 4th, 1886 was a hallmark event for Canada and Port Moody. To celebrate the occasion, the Greater Vancouver Garden Railway Club will have a display of its G Scale model trains on July 1st. On July 2nd and 3rd the Vancouver Lego Club will have a train display inside the Museum.

heritage actors

Costumed heritage actors

Throughout the weekend, costumed heritage actors will be on site to delight you with stories from 1886. The Morse Telegraph Society will demonstrate their telegraphy skills and artist J Peachywill be doing live painting. Lots of free activities for the family to enjoy including our popular Golden Spike Scavenger Hunt, costume photos on our rail car, railway crafts and the opportunity to personalize your own Museum rail tie. Free cake every day!

Also find our booth at the Golden Spike Days Festival to see our model train and map of old Port Moody.

model steam train


  1. Donald Davison says:

    Could you tell me how the cpr line ran to Post Moody from the east in 1886?
    i.e. did it go long the south shore of the Fraser. If so where did it cross?
    I’m giving lectures on Canadian history. The day the passenger train arrived
    is surely one of the most important dates in our history.
    How did it get there??
    Any colorful photos I could use? (for Powerpoint)

    1 450 955-1767

    • Hi DJD,
      That is a good question. It crossed the river at least once to get from the north side to the south. We don’t have any maps indicating specifically where this occurs but not within the lower mainland area. You might try asking the BC Archives this questions as well as look for photographs there. The have the photos from the Onderdonk collection. The CPR also maintains an archive of photos and images.
      Good luck.
      Rebecca Clarke, Museum Coordiantor

  2. Janice Munro says:

    i have an old bamboo CPR parlour car footstool. the tapestry folding area is not in good condition but if it is of any use to your museum please contact me.

    • Hi Janice, can I ask you to send an email and photo to jim@portmoodymuseum.org. Jim is our ED and can determine if it fits with our Collection needs. Thank you sooo much for the offer and for connecting and following the Blogs! Enjoy this fine sunny day!


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