Virtual Lecture
March 5th, 2021

Lecture: The Incredible World of Toy Trains

Lecture: The Incredible World of Toy Trains
Photo: Myriam Ménard

Friday, March 5, 2021, at noon
Free, webcast on Facebook
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Complementing its presentation of the exhibition A Railroad to Dreams, Pointe-à-Callière is inviting you to meet Joseph-Jean Paques, a major fan of trains of all kinds! This amateur railway historian and Exporail volunteer will share with us his passion for toy trains.

Since it was first invented, the train has fascinated young and old alike! The proof? Toy trains appeared almost simultaneously with the development of the railway, introducing children to trains and keeping them entertained. Over time, all manner of toy trains came to be: wooden trains, electric trains, and tin trains or “penny toys.” The latter, which did not travel on tracks and were therefore more affordable than electric trains, quickly became popular with children.

Joseph-Jean Paques will present part of the history of “penny toy” trains, highlighting the artistic sensibility and remarkable ingenuity of the artisans and small companies that produced them. You will also be able to ask him questions!

The lecture will be given in French, but questions will be taken in French and in English.

Later viewing
You are not available at this time? No problem! You will be able to watch the event after it has been broadcast in the video section of Pointe-à-Callière's Facebook page!