High Level Bridge Streetcar

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High Level Bridge Streetcar
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High Level Bridge Streetcar restored from Japan
Overview
Owner Edmonton Radial Railway Society
Locale Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Transit type heritage streetcar
Number of lines 1
Number of stations 2
Headquarters Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum
53°31′12″N 113°29′45″W / 53.52000°N 113.49583°W / 53.52000; -113.49583 (Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum)
Operation
Began operation October 6, 1979 (1979-10-06)[1]
Number of vehicles 3 cars
Train length 1 car
Technical
System length 3.0 kilometres (1.86 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Minimum radius of curvature 24 metres (79 ft)
Electrification Overhead lines

The High Level Bridge Streetcar is a historic streetcar ride over the High Level Bridge in Edmonton, Alberta. It travels from the Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum, just north of the Strathcona Farmers Market, in Old Strathcona, to Jasper Plaza south of Jasper Avenue, between 109 Street and 110 Street, in downtown, with three intermediate stops. It operates between the Victoria Day weekend in May, and Thanksgiving weekend in October.[2] It is operated by the Edmonton Radial Railway Society.

Starting from the Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum it travels on the former CP Rail line in a north west direction. It first passes the Calgary & Edmonton Railway Station Museum at present-day 105 Street; this is a replica of the station that was the northern anchor of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway from 1891 to 1908. After a level crossing stop at 107 Street, the streetcar goes under the Saskatchewan Drive, 109 Street, and Walterdale Hill intersection. While turning north, the middle stop is in the neighbourhood of Garneau at 90 Avenue, before getting on the High Level Bridge. After travelling high over the surface of the North Saskatchewan River, it continues over River Valley Road, and 97 Avenue, entering the Ribbon of Steel multi-use corridor. The Ribbon of Steel is a corridor designated by Alberta Infrastructure and the City of Edmonton for the preservation of streetcar rail in Edmonton, and to provide a running/cycling path between 109 Street and 110 Street, from 97 Avenue to Jasper Avenue. The first stop on the Ribbon of Steel is the Grandin stop, with walking access to the Grandin LRT station, and the Legislature grounds. The northern terminus of the High Level Bridge Streetcar ride is at Jasper Plaza, just south of Jasper Avenue. The streetcar system that existed in Edmonton until 1951 ran though the downtown core, including down Jasper Avenue. The former rail line continued north, where 110 Street is now, to the Old CN Rail yard (north of 104 Avenue).

In the near future, the Edmonton Radial Railway Society hopes to extend the line south towards Whyte Avenue for a new terminus.[3] To do this, the rail crossing on Gateway Boulevard will have to be reconstructed; it was removed to separate the streetcar line from the active CP lines. During summer festivals, such as the Fringe, service is extended to accommodate the increase in crowds.

Fleet[edit]

Four restored streetcars make up the fleet of ERRS cars currently based at the High Level Bridge Streetcar line.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History". ERRS. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  2. ^ "High Level Bridge Streetcar Service". The City of Edmonton. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  3. ^ "High Level Bridge Streetcar". ERRS. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Streetcar Collection". ERRS. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 

External links[edit]

Media related to High Level Bridge Streetcar at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 53°31′43.6″N 113°30′43.5″W / 53.528778°N 113.512083°W / 53.528778; -113.512083