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Map showing the station's location.


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Southeast corner of the Port Moody Station Museum.


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Northeast corner of the station.


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The main waiting room of the Port Moody station.


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Dispatchers phone, typewriter, telegraph sounder, key, and order hoop in the Operator's bay.


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Diorama featuring three-wheeled CPR handcar.


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Model of typical locomotive used on first passenger train to arrive at Port Moody.


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"Venosta" is located at the entrance to the museum.


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This photo shows the opposite side of "Venosta".


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The interior of "Venosta" is fitted with tables for a serving of tea.


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Upper and lower berths within one of "Venosta's" compartments.


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A sliding door splits two compartments in "Venosta".


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A mirror in the women's powder room.


Port Moody Station Museum

 Image The Port Moody Station Museum is owned and operated by the Port Moody Heritage Society. It is part of their effort to promote increased awareness and knowledge of Port Moody's heritage and history. Exhibitions at the museum include this historic Canadian Pacific Railway station, community displays, and the Venosta, a restored 1921 CPR sleeping car.

The Port Moody station, built between 1905-1907, was the second railway station built at this location. In 1945, the Canadian Pacific Railway ( CPR ) decided to move the station closer to town. Their employees lifted the station off its foundation, placing it directly onto greased railway tracks, and used an engine to pull it to its second location at the foot of Queen Street.
The station was officially closed on 25 Sep 1976, when Canadian Pacific discontinued their passenger services.
The Port Moody Historical Society, now known as the Port Moody Heritage Society, who were operating a museum on Kyle Street, bought the station. In 1978, it was moved from Queen Street to its present location on Murray Street and refurbished for use as a museum. It was officially opened on 1 Jul 1983 as the Station Museum.
The station, designed to be a live-in unit, has two floors and a basement. The main floor is currently accessible to the public. Some rooms have been restored to show the living and working conditions as they were in the station between the years 1905 and 1920. Other rooms have been set up for community and temporary displays. Plans are underway to open the upper level to show one restored bedroom and provide additional room for temporary displays.
The kitchen, with a coal and wood stove, copper water heater, and coal-oil lamps pre-dates electricity and piped-in water.
The museum's telegraph office features an operational telegraph system, which is available for guests to try, and a hand-operated telephone from 1884 when the Port Moody and New Westminster Telephone Company was formed.
The waiting room contains its original wooden benches and features the works of local artists such as Laury Ravenstein, June Moreau, and Lanni Sulje.
The Venosta and Outdoor Exhibits

The Venosta, as it is now know, was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1921 as sleeping car "Glen Atha". The Venosta was restored in the fall of 1987, with assistance from the West Coast Railway Association. The major part of the Venosta is used to display historic railway pictures and artefacts and is setup as a dining car. The Venosta also features two sleeping compartments and a ladies powder room with accessories from the 1920's.
A railway display at the front of the museum exhibits 2 four-man handcars and a boom car, which were originally used by track crews for transportation of supplies to maintain the railway's right-of-way.
An additional four-man handcar is used for the World Championship Handcar Races, which originated at Port Moody in 1979. The handcar races are held annually during Port Moody's "Golden Spike Days" celebration on the first of July long weekend.
Special events are often held in the Venosta including murder mysteries and teas. The Venosta can be made available for parties and meetings.
Community and Temporary Displays

 Image Community displays feature historical events from the local area including early history from 1858 to 1920. A lumber display shows early saw and shingle mills typical to this area. There is also a First Nation's display of Salish artefacts and crafts. A seasonal display booth presents temporary displays for special events like Remembrance Day, Christmas, and Mother's Day when other themes, such as dolls, models, and toys are presented.
The Oral History Project, largely a volunteer-based effort, has the long-term goal of collecting personal, first-hand accounts, of recent local history from long time residents of the area. This information will be used to build, and eventually publish, an extensive historical resource for the community.
Staff and Volunteers

Operation of the museum is overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees and the Executive Council.
The museum is operated by a Manager/Curator and student museum assistants who maintain the facilities and give the majority of the tours.
Volunteers are essential to the museum and are involved in the Oral History Project, the Tea Car, newsletter, gardening, care of the collection, operations, fund raising, and special events.

The museum is supported by the City of Port Moody, BC Arts Council, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 119, HRDC Student Works, and donations.
Admission and Opening Times

Admission is by donation. The museum is open:  During the summer season ( Victoria Day to Labour Day ) 10-5 daily, and during the off season, 12-4 daily. Group and school tours can be arranged by appointment throughout the year. The station is wheelchair accessible and plans are being made to add accessible washrooms. Plenty of free parking is available.
Contact Information

Port Moody Station Museum
2734 Murray St.
Port Moody, British Columbia, V3H 1X2.
Telephone:  (604) 939-1648
Fax:  (604)  939-1647
Appointments:  (604) 939-1648
E-mail:  pmmuseum@vcn.bc.ca
Associated Links

Port Moody Station Museum
Canadian Pacific Railway
City of Port Moody

© 2005 William C. Slim