Silk Trains of North America

PictureA long-time APRA member and author of many books on railway history, the late Alan Vanterpool, was in the process of finishing his latest work, “Silk Trains of North America”, a fascinating history of the silk train era. He graciously consented to make a copy of the last draft of the book available to Alberta Railway Museum website visitors.  Here is a link to download this version.

Silk Trains of North America


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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.

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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.