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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.

Using the grounds map, take yourself on a self‐guided tour. Allow at least 90 minutes to go back in time – train travel time that is.

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 located at 116th Avenue and 80th Street. In 1976, the Association moved its equipment to its current location, and created the Alberta Railway Museum. The museum opened to the public in 1977 on an historic spot – the former Canadian Northern Railway Coronado  subdivision. Volunteers keep the Museum operating. Funding comes from memberships, 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.

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NEW MUSEUM POLICY:

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.

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.

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.

OPERATION LIFESAVER

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.

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