Monica Byrtus

Alberta Railway Museum – August Update

Hi Everyone: I realized it has been some time since I sent out an update on happenings at the Museum, and there has been a lot happening, even though we are closed to the public. Our Calder shop, named after CN’s Calder yards, is now more of a Northern Alberta Railways shop. NAR steam locomotive 73 is on the south track, currently getting a face lift with new paint on the boiler, cab, and tender; a new headlight; and overall…

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Alberta Railway Museum – June Update

Hi Everyone: It is the end of June on the calendar, but at the Museum it feels to me as if it is late April. Normally we would have had our opening May long weekend, Father’s Day, and would be preparing for Canada Day. It feels very odd to walk around the site without encountering any visitors. I miss the little kids covering their ears as 9000 whistles for the crossing, the kids shaking with excitement as 1392 comes pounding…

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COVID-19 Update – Closed to Public for 2020 Season

Normally the volunteers and summer staff a the Alberta Railway Museum would be preparing for our opening day for this upcoming May long weekend. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, we will NOT open to the PUBLIC for the 2020 season. The Board of Directors has discussed this at length, specifically the challenges of having our visitors socially distance themselves, the need for ongoing cleaning and sanitizing, and the practicalities of having visitors in limited numbers. As well, many of…

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COVID-19 – Museum Update – Volunteers

Hi Everyone: I hope you are keeping safe in the time of COVID-19. We have suspended all volunteer activities at the site. We have a rotation of volunteers (thank-you Barry, Lukas, and Terry) who stop in daily to ensure that all is well and that the cats are fed. As you may have observed from the news, no one has answers on when life will return to “normal”. The Board of Directors will continue to monitor updates from Alberta Health…

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Annual General Meeting – January 25, 2020

Hi Everyone: The Alberta Pioneer Railway Association, o/a Alberta Railway Museum, invites you to our Annual General Meeting on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 11:00 am. Lunch will be served. The meeting will be held at Namao Community Hall which is located on Highway 37 just slightly east of the Highway 28 junction and across the street from Johnny’s Store. The hall’s street address is: 24400 – Highway 37 Sturgeon County, AB Directions from the Museum: Turn right out of…

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CN Railroaders in the Community grant deadline

Museum volunteers who are either currently employed by or retired from CN (and their spouses!) are reminded that the deadline to apply for a 2019 CN Railroaders in the Community Grant is fast approaching! If you volunteer a minimum of forty (40) hours per year for a recognized charitable organization as an active employee, CN will donate a grant of $1,000 to that organization. CN Pensioner volunteers can likewise earn grants of $500 for the charity. Spouses, too, are eligible…

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Museum Summer Update

Hi Everyone: As you may have noticed, we have had a bit of a rainy summer. Thankfully we have not been rained out yet! However we were considering offering canoe rides as well as train rides earlier this season. We have hosted several birthday parties and two weddings so far this season. The birthday parties are a lot of fun for kids of all ages. I am still waiting for someone to hold their adult birthday party at the Museum!…

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See Canada by Rail Contest

It’s Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and what better way to celebrate than by touring this great country by train? The Alberta Railway Museum is kicking off Canada Day with a special contest, thanks to our friends at Via Rail Canada. Starting July 1, museum visitors can enter for a chance to win a $750 Via Rail Promotional Travel Credit. A number of other activities are in the works at the museum this summer to celebrate Canada’s special anniversary and…

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Rails and Tales – Day Three

Today was a glorious day for double-headed steam action. 1392 is performing brilliantly and gets better all the time; the crew are all very proud of her and how she’s doing. Not bad for a girl that was built ten years after man’s first powered flight by the Wright brothers in 1903. She was in service when the Empire entered the Great War in 1914 and had already been in service for 26 years when Canada declared war in 1939!…

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Rails and Tales – Day Two

Not many pictures today; your intrepid reporter was firing the locomotive. It was a wonderful trip. We had a good stiff climb out of Stettler behind 41. After the first few miles I settled in and got comfortable and the trip to Big Valley was wonderful. At big valley two more antique tractors were arriving. They are amazing machines and the paintwork on them is stunning. Seeing them all running on the 3rd is going to be a great experience. At Big…

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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.


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.