Maintenance of Way Theme
From the founding of the Society, the goal of the organization has been to acquire pieces that represents equipment used on work trains and for related activities, typically categorized as "Maintenance of Way" or "MOW" equipment.
Beginning in 1967 with the acquisition of Canadian National 1958 Pontiac Station Wagon Hy-Rail pictured at left in 2011 with the late Duncan du Fresne, the collection has grown so that there are now over 10 pieces.
Each piece is faithfully restored and maintained by Dirty Hands Club members who volunteer and spend many a Wednesday and Saturday mornings at the Canada Science and Technology Museum shop where the restoration work is done.
Society Equipment Inventory
The Society current collection includes (please click on the links below to take you to a detailed page on each piece of equipment):
The Society also has several Motor Cars including one from the former Ottawa Central Railway that includes a full fiberglass body and doors. In addition, our collection includes a hand car and a three-wheeled velocipede.