Edmonton Radial Railway Society
Edmonton Radial Railway Streetcar #42 in Fort Edmonton Park
|Location||Strathcona Streetcar Barn & Museum Coordinates: , Edmonton, Alberta, Canadaand Fort Edmonton Park Streetcar Barn|
|Type||Streetcar preservation society|
High Level Bridge Streetcar
The Edmonton Radial Railway, later known as Edmonton Transit, operated electric streetcars Edmonton from 1908 to 1951. After the abandonment of streetcar service, only Streetcar #1 was retained. In 1964 it was partially restored and later was part of the 1967 Centennial Parade. During Thanksgiving weekend 1979, Streetcar #1 gave trips across the High Level bridge to celebrate Edmonton's 75th anniversary. Following this successful operation, the Edmonton Radial Railway Society was founded in 1980.
During the development of Fort Edmonton Park an agreement was reached to build streetcar tracks there. In 1981 the streetcar began running in the park. By 1984 the members of the ERRS had established regular service in the park.
Edmonton Radial Railway Streetcar #1, which started service in 1908 was the first to be restored by Edmonton Radial Railway Society volunteers. Later, Edmonton streetcars #42 and #33 were also restored. During the 100th anniversary of public transportation in Edmonton ceremonies in 2008, Edmonton Streetcar #1 was the centre piece of Churchill Square.
High Level Bridge Streetcar
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 along Gateway Boulevard 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. 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. 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.
The collection is made up of heritage streetcars that have been fully restored or are in various stages of restoration.
|1907||OCC||combination sweeper / overhead line car||Saskatoon Municipal Railway||200||1951||being restored|
|1908||OCC||streetcar||Edmonton Radial Railway||1||1951||Fort Edmonton Park line|
|1912||StL||streetcar||Edmonton Radial Railway||33||1951||High Level Bridge line|
|1912||StL||streetcar||Edmonton Radial Railway||42||1951||Fort Edmonton Park line|
|1914||Preston||streetcar||Toronto Suburban Railway||24, (later CNR 15702)||1960s||Fort Edmonton Park line|
|1921||U/S||tram||Nankai Electric Railway (Osaka, Japan)||247||1990||High Level Bridge line (currently under maintenance)|
|ca. 1920s||CC&F||streetcar||Regina Municipal Railway||42||1950||being restored|
|1930||OCC||streetcar||Edmonton Radial Railway||80||1951||Fort Edmonton Park line|
|1947||PTC||W6 Class tram||Melbourne and Metropolitan Tramways Board||930||1997||High Level Bridge line|
|1951||CC&F||PCC streetcar||Toronto Transit Commission||4612||1995||Fort Edmonton Park line|
|1970||Düwag||tram||ÜSTRA (Hannover, Germany)||601||1975||High Level Bridge Line (Returned to Hannover in 2016)|
|1895||unknown||streetcar||Saskatoon Municipal Railway||35||1951||awaiting restoration|
|1913||NCMC||Streetcar||Brandon municipal railway||6||1932||awaiting restoration|
|1913||OCC||streetcar||Calgary Municipal Railway||60||1952||awaiting restoration|
|1911||OCC||streetcar||Edmonton Radial Railway (ERR)||13||1948||Awaiting restoration|
|1912||Preston||streetcar||Regina municipal railway||8||1947||awaiting restoration|
|1929||OCC||streetcar||Saskatoon Municipal Railway||62||1951||awaiting restoration|
|1928||OCC||streetcar||Saskatoon Municipal Railway||54||1951||awaiting restoration|
|1918||CCC||streetcar||Saskatoon Municipal Railway||202||1951||awaiting restoration|
|1948||StL||PCC streetcar||Toronto Transit Commission||4349||1982||awaiting re-gauging|
|1947||StL||PCC streetcar||Toronto Transit Commission||4367||1989||awaiting re-gauging|
|CC&F||Canadian Car & Foundry Co.|
|OCC||Ottawa Car Company|
|Preston||Preston Car Company|
|PTC||Public Transport Corporation|
|StL||St. Louis Car Company|
|NCMC||Nile car and Manufacturing company|
|CCC||Cincinnati car company|
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