A flanger is used to plow small amounts of snow off the tracks, or is pulled behind a ballast car and used to spread the ballast. The operator rode in the cupola to operate the flanger. There is only one control on the flanger, a lever to raise or lower the blade, assisted by air pressure supplied by the locomotive. Half of the flanger serves as living quarters for the operator. Below is a closeup of the flanger’s blade.

Signs having two white dots on a black background or vice versa are placed along the right of way to tell a flanger or snowplow operator to raise the blades because of a crossing obstruction on the track. More than one of these signs on the same post indicates more than one obstruction.


    Our Buildings
    Our Collection
    Railway Articles


NO SMOKING of any type is allowed anywhere on the museum grounds.  This includes the museum’s parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation.

Since the museum is an industrial site, for the safety of your dog, and for the safety of our other visitors, please leave your dog at home. Service dogs are of course welcome.

We regret that not all of the museum’s grounds and collection are wheelchair accessible. Baby and child strollers are not recommended for touring the site. Plan to bring a carrier.

Rail Safety

All visitors are reminded that this is an industrial site and that proper footwear is necessary. Please obey all warning signs, DO NOT CLIMB on the equipment and pay attention to uneven entrances in display cars. Visitors ride on equipment at their own risk.


The Museum supports the efforts of Canada’s railways to promote safety. We highly recommend that our guests also visit the Operation Lifesaver website. There you’ll find more information about rail safety, including in-person presentations, videos, and other resources.


Add YOUR review on Yelp!
Leave us a great review on tripadvisor!