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Take a Trip Back in Time

Ride on one of York-Durham Heritage Railway’s vintage Pullman coaches or cafe cars to and from the Town of Uxbridge. Our train runs through the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine between Uxbridge and Stouffville, with shorter trips on some weekends. Join us and celebrate the wonders of rail travel from an era gone by, on coaches preserved for your present day comfort.

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Day out with Thomas 2019

Day out With Thomas: August 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18, 2019.
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Santa Train: Nov. 23, 24, 30 & Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15
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Did you Know?

  • We are a not-for-profit organization recognized by Canada Revenue Agency. Donations of goods, services, or time, are gladly accepted.
  • The Stouffville-Uxbridge line our train runs on was built in the 1860’s by William Gooderham, a well-known distiller from Toronto.
  • The line was built starting in the south and moving northwards, the first sod being turned at the Scarborough Junction (site of today’s Scarborough GO station).
  • In its heyday, passengers took the train as far north as Haliburton, and east to Belleview.
  • Our train travels on the steepest railroad grade this side of the Rockies.
  • The highest point on the line (1,169 ft or 356.3 m above sea level), atop the Oak Ridges Moraine, is 79 metres higher than either the Stouffville or Uxbridge stations.
  • Learn more about the history of the York-Durham rail line.
  • We are always looking for new volunteers and members. Join the York-Durham Heritage Railway and support the preservation of Canada’s heritage railway equipment.

About Uxbridge

Uxbridge is situated in a beautiful valley on the northern slope of the Oak Ridges Moraine, about 64 km northeast of Toronto. The town has much to offer by way of heritage and culture, as well as recreation and entertainment. Known as the Trail Capital of Canada and home to a thriving arts community, there is much to do and explore in this vibrant community that we are all so proud of.

Uxbridge became a village in 1872 and reached town status in 1885. In 1954 Uxbridge became the second town in Canada to receive an official coat-of-arms which is displayed on the outside of the authentically restored Music Hall. The Music Hall is home to a variety of local production companies, as well as the centre for musical performances.

The Uxbridge Historical Centre, situated on a 5 acre site with an incredible view of Uxbridge Valley, is home to a variety of museums and thousands of artifacts. Various events and special exhibitions take place throughout the year. The centre is a popular destination for the many visitors who come to Uxbridge.

Thomas Foster, former mayor of Toronto, and past member of the House of Commons, lived for some time in the hamlet of Leaskdale, north of Uxbridge. In 1935 he commissioned the building of the Thomas Forster Memorial, where today he and his family lay in rest. The Byzantine-inspired structure is one of a kind.

Did you know that Lucy Maude Montgomery lived just outside of Uxbridge for many years? The manse in which she and her family lived, located in Leaskdale, is a popular destination. Visitors come from far and wide to see where Lucy Maude lived, raised her children, and wrote many of her novels.

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This is an excellent summer weekend day trip for couples, retired or with young kids or grandkids. It’s impressive to see first generation 1950’s diesels built in Montreal Canada still running or prewar passenger cars that once took men on their path to Normandy. It’s a museum in wheels. There are lots of theme weekends, but any trip they offer won’t disappoint.  (2016)