Savage Alberta Railway

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Savage Alberta Railway
Alberta Railnet logo.png
Reporting mark SAR
Locale Alberta, Canada
Dates of operation 1999–2006
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Grande Prairie, Alberta

Savage Alberta Railway (reporting mark SAR), known as Alberta RailNet (reporting mark ARN) between 1999 and 2005, was a Canadian short line railway that operated in the province of Alberta until late 2006.


Alberta RailNet was formed in June 1999 to purchase former Canadian National Railway trackage running north from Swan Landing to Grande Prairie, Hythe, Spirit River and Glavin. The company was owned by North American RailNet.

The Swan Landing to Grande Prairie line was opened in the 1960s as CN's Alberta Resources Railway, whereas the Glavin – Spirit River – Grande Prairie – Hythe line was the former Northern Alberta Railways (ex–Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway), which CN purchased in 1981. In total, the railway operated 345 miles of lines.

In 2005, Savage Industries, through its subsidiary CANAC, purchased Alberta RailNet's assets from North American Railnet, and renamed the railway to the Savage Alberta Railway.

On December 1, 2006, CN announced that it had purchased Savage Alberta Railway for $25 million and that it had begun operating the railway the same day.

The locomotive engineers, conductors and assistant conductors who work on the Savage Alberta Railway lines are represented by the CAW and are members of CAW Local 4001 and CAW National Council 4000 CAW National Council 4000.[1]


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