About Us

Our Mission Statement

The Alberta Railway Museum, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, preserves and interprets significant railway artifacts, including locomotives, railway cars, track maintenance equipment, and buildings. Our collection and interpretation efforts focus on the Canadian National Railways, Northern Alberta Railways, and short line and industrial railways.

Preserving Alberta’s Railway History

  • Experience the past in a fun, hands-on and interactive fashion
  • Over 75 cars and locomotives on site
  • Ride on vintage trains, speeders, and see examples of railway
    maintenance of way equipment
  • Archives of railway history
  • Third largest railway museum in Canada, largest in Alberta

The Museum

​Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Alberta Railway Museum (ARM) is a rustic outdoor display of railway equipment and buildings. The museum replicates a small terminal with station, water tank and shops. The main emphasis is on cars and locomotives from the Canadian National Railways (CNR), Northern Alberta Railways (NAR) and industrial and short line railways.

Self‐guided tours of the museum are available, using a grounds map. These tours may last approximately 90 minutes.

We regret that not all of the museum’s grounds and collection are wheelchair accessible. Baby and child strollers are not recommended for touring the site. Plan to bring a carrier.


The Alberta Pioneer Railway Association

The Alberta Railway Museum is operated by the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association (APRA). The APRA is a non‐profit organization of volunteers whose interest is the collection, preservation, restoration, and interpretation of artifacts that represent the technology and history of the Canadian National and Northern Alberta Railways as well as industrial and short line railways in Western Canada.

The APRA was formed in 1968 by a small group of volunteers who operated the Association’s equipment out of the Edmonton Transit System Cromdale Car Barns, at 116th Avenue and 80th Street. During the early 1970’s the Association moved its equipment to its current location, and created the Alberta Railway Museum. The museum opened in 1976 in an historic spot – on the former Canadian Northern Railway Coronado Subdivision. Volunteers keep the Museum operating. Funding comes from memberships [hyperlink], museum admissions, grants and casinos. We also welcome gifts in kind – parts, supplies and equipment from businesses, individuals and other associations. The APRA is a registered Canadian charity.


    Our Buildings
    Our Collection
    Railway Articles


NO SMOKING of any type is allowed anywhere on the museum grounds.  This includes the museum’s parking lot. Thank you for your cooperation.

Since the museum is an industrial site, for the safety of your dog, and for the safety of our other visitors, please leave your dog at home. Service dogs are of course welcome.

Rail Safety

All visitors are reminded that this is an industrial site and that proper footwear is necessary. Please obey all warning signs, DO NOT CLIMB on the equipment and pay attention to uneven entrances in display cars. Visitors ride on equipment at their own risk.


The Museum supports the efforts of Canada’s railways to promote safety. We highly recommend that our guests also visit the Operation Lifesaver website. There you’ll find more information about rail safety, including in-person presentations, videos, and other resources.