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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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Annual General Meeting

The Alberta Pioneer Railway Association, o/a Alberta Railway Museum’, kicks off our 50th year with our Annual General Meeting on Saturday January 27 at 11:00 am. Lunch will be served, and a presentation on the history of the Museum is planned. The meeting will be held at the 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 All are welcome Thanks,…

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CN Employee and Pensioner Grants

Calling all current and former CN employees who are museum members! Did you know that CN may provide grant funding of up to $1,000 for the museum for your volunteer work? You are eligible to apply for a CN Railroaders in the Community volunteer grant if you are a: Permanent, full-time employee of CN with at least six (6) months of service; or Permanent, part-time employee of CN with at least twelve (12) months of service; Family member of an…

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President’s Blog

The 2018 season is well underway. If you haven’t been out to the Museum yet this year, you will notice that we’ve moved some train cars  around to keep things fresh. We have also re-positioned certain cars / locomotives for restoration work. Currently 1392, our operating steam locomotive is in the Calder shop, finishing off her 5 year boiler inspection and having her back springs replaced. The plan is to have her pulling Passenger Car 6740 on the July long…

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Alberta Railway Museum Update

When the Museum closed for the season to the public after the September long weekend, restoration work kicked into high gear. Two major projects currently being worked on in Calder: The 5 year boiler inspection of 1392, our 105 year old steam engine, headed by Terry W The deconstruction and rebuild of the NAR flanger, led by Barry C. A supporting cast of thousands are/were involved – many thanks to all. A third project involves the building of a play…

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‘Twas the day before Christmas

‘Twas the day before Christmas, when all through the Museum Barely a creature was stirring, just two cats. The tools were hung in the crib with care In hopes that railway Santa would soon be there. The trains were nestled all snug in the shop While visions of operations danced in their heads. And 1392 in scaffolding, and flanger apart, Awaiting repairs over a long winter’s season. When out on from the wood shop arose such a clatter I sprang…

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Board Recruitment

It’s that time of the year again when the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association begins their search for a slate of candidates to serve on the Museum’s Board of Directors. These positions are three year terms, starting in February 2018. Why serve on the Board? Hang out with interesting people from different walks of life Help run a small business that masquerades as a Museum Help run a Museum that masquerades as a small business Make decisions on how best to…

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What’s Happening at the Museum

Here is an update on what has been happening at the Museum. Northgate Industries Ltd. is kindly donating three modular buildings / trailers to the Museum, which will be located at the north east end of the property, parallel with the CN line, north of the Dunvegan car shop. Thanks to Hans for arranging this donation. The trailers will be used for artifact storage as well as for storing lumber. Two have been delivered to date. Kudos to all those…

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VIA Rail Travel Winner

Irene Lay of Edmonton was the lucky winner of the Via Rail travel certificate draw at the Alberta Railway Museum this year. Irene picked up her prize from Treasurer Kevin Franchuk during the Night at the Railway Museum photo event. Thanks to Via Rail for its generous support, and congratulations and happy travels to Irene! (Photo credit: Kaye Ly)

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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.


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