The Alberta Railway Museum (ARM) is dedicated to displaying a variety of locomotive engines and cars from the Northern Alberta Railways (NAR), Canadian National Railways (CNR), and industrial and short line railways. Located at the north end of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, the rustic, outdoor museum highlights the history of the Canadian Railway through an extensive display of railway buildings and equipment. Designed to replicate a train station, the museum has a terminal, several shops, and a large water tank.
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The Alberta Railway Museum was established in 1976 on the former Canadian Northern Railway in a historic location on the Coronado Subdivision. The museum is operated and managed by the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association (APRA) and is maintained by volunteer staff from with funding from grants, museum admissions, memberships, and casinos.
The mission of the museum is to collect, restore, preserve and interpret artifacts, objects and trains that showcase the history and technology of the of the Canadian National and Northern Alberta Railways, as well as the short line and industrial railways in Western Canada.
The Alberta Railway Museum collection features a variety of cars and locomotives from the Northern Alberta Railways (NAR), Canadian National Railways (CNR), and industrial and short line railways. Some of the cars have been restored to their original condition, while others have been restored to their status when they were last used.
The collection includes CNR passenger trains such as a 10648 Express Refrigerator, an 11141 Through Baggage, an 8730 Baggage, CN 6514 and 6614 cars, a Regina, a Pelee Island, and a Fort Brabant. A CNR prairie mixed freight train features typical cars including a 1392 Locomotive, a 16015 Tender (1392B), a 46230 Refrigerator, a 172755 Stock Car, several box cars, multiple tank cars, a 7379 Combine, and a 78185 Caboose. The Northern Alberta Railways passenger train has eight cars, including a 73 Locomotive, two Mail Express cars, a 1220 Express, a Rycroft, a Westlock, and a Dunvegan.
The NAR work train is the only surviving complete set that represents a typical Northern Alberta Railways work train and includes two flat cars, two ballast cars, a 16601 Flanger, a 16522 Jordan Spreader, a 68301 Outfit Car, and a 51625 Tank Car. It also has two bunk cars, a 17900 Engineering Car, 17009 Foreman and Tool Car, and 17032 Cook Supply Car, as well as a 17062 Cook Car, 17092 Box Car, and 13025 Caboose.
The Auxiliary train collection features the 'Big Hook' and its modern cousin, as well as an auxiliary or wreck train. This collection includes a 63017 Crane, a 57611 Idler, a 51566 (401) Tender, a 28251 Flat Car, a 58285 Gondola, and an 18104 Bunk Car.
Special interest equipment includes a variety of significant locomotives and cars such as the CN 9000 EMD F3A locomotive, the CN 7944 EMD NW2 locomotive, a beautifully restored Alberta & Great Waterways Railway 17106 combine passenger car, and a CN 15029 Rule Instruction Car, which was once a sleeper car for the Canadian Government Railways. Other notable collectives include a CN 55245 Snowplow, an NAR 306 Coach Caboose, and a CN 50800 load test car.
The Alberta Railway Museum is located at 24215 34 Street in Edmonton and is open to the public on weekdays only from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm between Victoria Day and Labor Day. It is also open on summer weekends between 20th May and 4th September. Attractions at the museum include a full-size train that runs on long weekends, speeder rides in summer, a gift shop that sells vintage train-related items and objects, snacks and beverages.
Once you have had your fill of trains, explore Edmonton, which offers an array of exciting things to see and do for the whole family. The Rec Room offers a variety of fun from bowling, live music, great food, gaming and more, while the World Waterpark boasts the world's largest indoor wave pool with 17 water slides and warm water. Enjoy the many cycling tracks in and around Edmonton on street and mountain bikes, or experience an unforgettable journey on the beautiful North Saskatchewan River with a Black River Gold Tour. Take a walking tour of Edmonton's must-eat gems with EAT YEG Food Tours and taste a variety of delights from bacon and brews to hearty brunches and decadent desserts. Culture lovers can take in a concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and outdoor adventurers can enjoy kick-sledding, tobogganing, and horse racing at Northlands.
24215 34 Street, Edmonton, AB T5Y 6B4, Canada, website, Phone: 780-472-6229