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Montreal Families

Activity teaches kids all about railway safety

Young kids are often fascinated by trains but may not always be aware of the hazards that are present along railway lines. A new activity from Exporail and Transport Canada aims to make kids conscious of safe practices around trains.

The Rail Smart Rally at Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum, is a new family activity for kids aged 8-12 focused on safety. Visitors can request a free exploratory notebook at the reception desk, which guides them across the museum through the six stages of the rally. “We give small hints in the notebook to let children learn autonomously.” says Bruno Cordellier, communications officer at Exporail.

Throughout your visit, you must stay on the lookout for railway hazards and safety features. As they progress through the museum, kids will learn about safe behaviours and practices regarding railways, all in an entertaining environment. The activity also seeks to educate visitors on the reality experienced by train operators dealing with incidents on the railway. “It’s an interactive activity that parents do with the kids,” Cordellier says.

The Exporail’s permanent collection features a vast array of steam and diesel-electric locomotives, street cars, passenger and freight cars, and railway service vehicles. The museum’s exhibits cover the lengthy history of rail in Quebec and Canada. There are numerous interactive exhibits and plenty of opportunities to see historic trains. You can even take a ride on a miniature train. They also offer rides on a vintage streetcar, another very popular attraction.

The Canadian Railway Museum is located in St. Constant on the South Shore. Admission prices are $20.40 a day for adults, $12.24 for teens 13 to 17, $10.20 for kids 3 to 12, free for kids 2 and under. Family rates also available.

For more information, visit exporail.org.

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