Tuesday – Saturday, June 15 – October 2, 2021

Experience life on the rails with the Cranbrook History Centre’s historic railcar tours. The Cranbrook History Centre was built on traditional Ktunaxa territory, and our historic tours tell the stories of Canadian trains. We acknowledge that the history of the railroad in Canada is a history of Indigenous displacement and taken land. The railcars in our collection help us tell many Canadian stories, from the federal government’s prominent guests who traveled in the luxurious Strathcona car, to the black porters who suffered labour injustices while working on Trans-Canada Limited. We believe that rail history can open conversations on Canada’s social, economic, environmental, labour, and immigration history. It can also start conversations about settler colonial history. These conversations are an important part of our tours as we try to understand the significance of rail travel in Canadian history.

We offer three distinct historic railcar tours. Every Tuesday to Saturday, our museum guides are ready to walk you through over a century of rail history in our country.

The trains are only accessible as a part of the guided tours offered by the Cranbrook History Centre. We do this as a measure to continue preservation of the historic railcars.

Tour Accommodations

Our train tours are not wheelchair accessible and are designed for visitors over the age of 6. Therefore, we offer adapted tours to accommodate the needs of different visitors.

If you require wheelchair access or have other mobility concerns, please enquire at the front desk about our Platform Tour. Platform Tours can be reserved by calling (250-489-3918) or emailing ( before your arrival at the museum.

If you are visiting with train-loving toddlers, we offer a nice and short Toddler Tour that shares some train highlights with them. Toddler Tours depart daily at 10:15am and 4:15pm, for visitors arriving outside of those hours, Toddler Tours will be offered based on the availability of our historical interpreters.

If you have any questions or you wish to pre-book a tour please contact us: or 250-489-3918

Comparative Tour 1927-1970

Duration: 45 minutes

Departs 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:00

Experience the diversity of rail travel in the 20th century. On this tour you will visit a variety of cars from the CPR’s invite-only executive British Columbia car to the small caboose where the freight train crew spent their days. With your guide, compare what rail life was like from the 1920s until the 1970s.

Trans Canada Limited 1929

Duration: 45 minutes

Departs 11:00am, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 2:45

The Trans-Canada Limited 1929 train carried first class passengers from Montreal to Vancouver daily through its summer season. Explore our 7 restored cars to experience the life of passengers and train workers on the fastest and most luxurious way to cross the continent in the interwar period.

Soo-Spokane 1907-1914

Duration: 20 minutes

11:45am, 12:45, 1:45, 2:45, 3:30

Visit our impressive set of wooden Soo-Spokane railcars. On this tour, you’ll travel over a century into Cranbrook’s past by touring the train cars that stopped daily at the Cranbrook train station from 1907 to 1914 on their way to their final destinations.

The Grand Tour

Duration: 1 hr 50 minutes

Departs 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:00

Can’t choose just one tour? The Grand Tour combines all three railcar tours and gives our most complete picture of rail travel history in Canada, all while connecting the importance of the railway to the founding of the city of Cranbrook.

Please be sure to arrive at least 15-20 minutes before the tour is scheduled to begin. All tours will start promptly at there scheduled time.

Admission for Train Tours

     Grand Tour     Trans Canada     Soo-Spokane     Comparative
Senior (65 +)$21.00$15.00$9.00$15.00
18 & Under$14.00$10.00$9.00$10.00
Family (2 adults & children from the same household)$62.00$48.00$33.00$48.00
*NEW* Single Parent Family (1 adult & children from the same household)$38.00$29.00$21.00$29.00
All Tour prices include Museum Admission

**Rates do not include GST**

For large group tours, please contact our Business Manager for discounts at

Family Self-Guided Tour of Historic Cranbrook

Do you like to tour at your own pace? Pick up your own self-guided walking tour pamphlet from the museum, or download it below, and lead yourself through Cranbrook’s different historic districts. You can check out the local houses, businesses and churches built over a century ago, all while enjoying Cranbrook’s enviable sunny weather!