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“Cool museum!!!”

Cranbrook History Centre
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Cranbrook
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This museum houses the TransCanada Limited, a 1929 luxury train, as well as many other restored Canadian trains.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 August 2013 via mobile

It's one of the best museum around. The restoration project is extensive. Very interesting facts are given. Super cool to see. Brings you back in time :)
Check it out!!!

Thank Ame847
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

First of all the layout of the museum/tour was not how we imagined it would be. When we arrived at reception we were told there were different tours to choose from, either do them all for approx 2 hours, or pick and choose, shorter individual tours. We chose tour 1, approx 35 mins. I can't imagine going round this for 2 hours, unless you're really interested in trains/history. Our group was small and yet we felt rushed, each carriage you stop in an audio guide is played, which was very informative. However I had more questions about things and my guide couldn't answer them? :( The restoration on the carriages is amazing, a lot of work has been done and millions of dollars spent. However we felt the tour was very restricting. For instance, it would be impossible for a disabled person to go through and even very challenging for senior citizens. We expected the carriages to be on display inside a big hangar or warehouse, but instead they're actually on the track. We've been to museums all around the world and never seen this format before.
The history of the railway and how Canada was built by pioneers from Britain is getting a bit tiring now, every museum, or national site I visit in this country has a background story that involves someone Scottish. All the stories, blend into one now. The whole story behind the railway was nothing new, it was really the restoration process and just imagining the people actually traveling the train. The smell in these carriages must've been something else, with gentlemen smoking, fumes, ladies perfume etc.
A great piece of history, but could've been done better - and definitely not for kids, there wasn't even a baby changing table in the washrooms!

4  Thank GrantFamilyTravels
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

The different cars and historical pieces themselves were fascinating and brilliantly preserved! Anyone interested in history will enjoy this tour. The part of the tour dedicated to the "Golden Age" of train travel was particularly interesting to me.
The CDs that the tour guide plays to share the information is a little odd, but I understand that they are trying to ensure that only absolutely accurate information is imparted and they are unable to hire history majors to work there! The tour is worth the cost.

Thank Lindsey M
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Reviewed 19 May 2013

I enjoyed the stories behind how the trains were acquired and restored. I think this attraction would be suitable for most anyone who enjoys local history. I liked seeing the different stages of the restoration process.

Thank GingerBakerDunan_BC
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

If you are a train buff, don't miss this museum. The restoration of the cars and some of the rooms are breathtaking. The centenial quilt is to be admired. The volunteer guide was rushed so we didn't have as much time on the tours that we would have liked but what we did see was fantastic. The paid staff were great.

Thank DebC420
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