Stephen Yakimets

Alberta Railway Museum – Thanksgiving Update

I am writing this on the Thanksgiving weekend, and I am most thankful for all our volunteers who do all sorts of wonderful work, both at the Museum proper and behind the scenes. It’s definitely fall with the cooler weather, the honking geese flying over, and the fields in the area cleared of grain. On the topic of grain, the most recent addition to our collection encourages us to “Take an Alberta Break visit … Edmonton”. The grain car was shuffling back…

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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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Spring Update

Spring has sprung at the Museum, the puddles are starting to dry up, the geese have returned, and opening day, May 18 is fast approaching. Over the winter our steam engine, 1392, had its boiler certified by Alberta Boilers. The NAR flanger exterior rebuild and reroof was also completed. Some work remains to be done on the interior. Many thanks to all who lent a hand or two. Kudos to Jamie McQuarrie for building a caboose over the winter to…

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Annual General Meeting – January 26, 2019

The Alberta Pioneer Railway Association, o/a Alberta Railway Museum, invites you to our Annual General Meeting on Saturday January 26, 2019, at 11:00 am. Lunch will be served. The meeting will be held at Namao Hall, located on Highway 37 just slightly east of the Highway 28 junction, across from Johnny’s store. Street address: 8 – 24400 Highway 37 Sturgeon County, AB From the Museum: Turn right out of the gate, proceed north to Highway 37. Turn left (west) and…

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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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