• Constructed in 1921 as one of 13 ten compartment Glen series cars. It entered service as Glen Atha and operated as built until May 1942 when it was completely refitted to increase its sleeping capacity. In its rebuilt form, it had eight sections and four double bedrooms. Eight of the 10 compartments car built in 1921 were reconstructed and joined six cars which were built new as eight section/four double bedroom sleepers in 1931. Glen Atha was renamed Venosta when rebuilt.
  • In 1953, several V class sleepers were modernized internally. The wooden surfaces were painted over and some surfaces were covered with arborite and chromium plated metal.
  • Trains used to carry freight as well as passengers; therefore, they had the right of way on the tracks. Their freight, (mail and goods) were deemed more important. However, today trains carry mostly passengers; thus, they don’t have the run of the rails anymore. This is because mail and other important freight is chartered by automobiles or planes.
  • The Venosta and other Heavies, (term used to describe rail cars made of iron) were eventually weaned out of service because they were very expensive to operate, due to their extreme weight. Plus, newer inventions such as; aluminium and light weight steel, made them obsolete.


There were many important jobs on the train:

  • Conductor-charged with the management of freight, passenger and other forms of train, direct supervisor of the Train’s crew, checking tickets and collecting fare, assisting the engineer, signalling when the train starts and stops, keeping a log of the journey and attending to the passengers.


  • Engineer– operates the train, in charge of the mechanical operation of the train, the speed and handling of the train, has to follow strict time schedules, know the layout of the tracks and passenger stations.


  • Brakeman– historically had to walk the length of the train, atop the cars, and turn the brake wheels on each car to apply the breaks. Also made sure all the cars were locked together and lining up the switches.


  • Boiler man– tends the fire of the steam powered locomotives and made sure enough fuel was on board for the journey.


  • The first trains were made of wood. In the beginning they were steam powered locomotives; as the years progressed, they changed to cast iron framed steam locomotives. In 1937, the CPR acquired its first diesel powered locomotive.


  • Trains were equipped with a form of air conditioning. Metal containers in the roof of the cars were filled with ice and strategically placed vents allowed air to cool and blow into the passenger cars.

Guests are allowed to board the Venosta Train car when the Museum is open. We have just started operating on our winter hours and will be open from 12-4pm Wednesday thru Sunday.


We rent the train car for birthdays, weddings, and gatherings.  If your interested in booking for a special occasion, please call 604-939-1648 or email



We love celebrating mothers and hold a Mother’s Day Tea each year!



We also love Christmas Time and decorate the Venosta with lights and a Christmas tree! Climb aboard a decorated Train while you listen to Christmas music and enjoy tea, hot chocolate and treats! Kids love it because they get to take part in a couple Christmas crafts as well!


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  1. Where did the name of the train called “Venosta” come from and why was it named so?

    Do you have any clothing/hats etc with the name Venosta?

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