When we took a moment to set up our photo shoot location inside; we realized the impact the Rail Road had made on the history of St. Thomas and its’ people, and what was once so important to the city faded away so rapidly in the 20 th century. In the past there were trains directly to New York City from St. Thomas, unfortunately, those days past. The museum and most of the collections are housed in the former Michigan Central Railroad locomotive shops. (see picture) Built 1913, the shops were part of more extensive servicing facilities on the Canada Southern Railway. The museum acquired the facility in 1988 when the last owners, Canadian National R ailway and Canadian Pacific Railway, left the area.