Come with us on a journey through the world of steel wheels on a real station platform. Located upstairs from the concourse in Via Rail Union Station you can walk among the machines that make the railway run from the steam locomotives that built them to the diesels that haul heavy freight today. Visit the historic Countess of Dufferin, the first steam locomotive on the Canadian prairies. A beautiful example of 19th Century high tech, she was used to build the Canadian Pacific and ran the line from BC to northern Ontario. Wonder at a way of life that set the stage for our 21st Century Canada and find out why railways are still the premier means of long haul, heavy haul overland transportation.