Edmonton Radial Railway Society
Tourism Region: Edmonton
The Edmonton Radial Railway Society preserves the history of Edmonton's streetcars by restoring historic artifacts and operating streetcars in Fort Edmonton Park as well as across the High Level Bridge from Old Strathcona to Jasper Avenue
About the Collections
A good number of former streetcar bodies have been "rescued" and are now restored in a reconstructed car barn; five cars at Fort Edmonton Park and three cars on the High Level Bridge Line are restored and fully operational, including three cars from Edmonton and one each from Ontario, Toronto, Osaka (Japan), Melbourne (Australia) and Hannover (Germany). Further restorations of streetcars from Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina are under way. The collection also contains streetcar related artifacts, documents and historic pictures. A museum display is scheduled to open at the Strathcona Streetcar Barn in September 2008.
Approximate number of objects in the collections: 5000
The archives contain historic documents, maps and photographs related to the former streetcars in Edmonton and other Prairie Cities.
Prints and Drawings •
Other Period: Japan 1921
Industrial Technology and History
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
Services & Activities
Streetcar service provided on 1.1 miles of track with historic Edmonton and other Canadian streetcars for visitors to Fort Edmonton Park; restoration work is in progress on various other car bodies; artifacts from the "streetcar era" of Edmonton are being acquired for display.
Streetcar service provided on 3 kilometers of track with streetcars from Japan, Australia and Germany across the High Level Bridge from Old Strathcona to Jasper Avenue. 40 minute intervals from 11am to 4pm, respectively 10pm during the Fringe. A second car (20 minute intervals) is in service on special busy days.
Archives relating to the history of streetcars in Edmonton and other Prairie Cities.
Archival Records •
Conservation or Restoration •
A Streetcar Museum has been established in the Strathcona Streetcar Barn. Special tours and charters are available to interested groups.
Classes or Workshops
: Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Other: Learn to drive a streetcar
Our operators and conductors provide historic information to visitors
Accessible by Public Transportation
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Other: Unfortunately, the historic streetcars at Fort Edmonton Park are not wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs can however be accommodated on the High Level Bridge Streetcars with a loading ramp at the Strathcona terminus.
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 125
Activities: restoration of historic streetcars, maintenance and streetcar operations
Bi-monthly newsletter and quarterly publication; monthly member meetings; social events; free entrance to Fort Edmonton Park; free streetcar rides across the High Level Bridge
Fort Edmonton Park provides various food establishements.
Local Tourism Links
Publications and Products
The 'Trip Sheet' is a quarterly publication; the Newsletter is produced bi-monthly for the information of ERRS members; A 20 page museum guide is on sale for $3; various pins are on sale for $3, respectively $10 for 4 pins.
Annual Reports •
Museum Guide •
Other: High Level Bridge brochures and ERRS membership brochures
Fort Edmonton Park
(Fox Drive and Quesnel Bridge)
Edmonton Radial Railway Society
PO Box 45040 Lansdowne Road, Edmonton, Alberta
Hours of Operation
Daily streetcar rides at Fort Edmonton Park from May long weekend until labour day and Sundays only in September.
Streetcar rides across the High Level Bridge from Old Strathcona to Jasper Avenue daily from May long weekend until Labor Day and Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays only from Labor Day until Thanksgiving Weekend
Open: Fort Edmonton Park:
10am - 4pm on Weekdays in May & June
10am - 6pm on Weekends in May & June
10am - 6pm daily from July - September
High Level Bridge:
Sunday to Friday: 11am until 4pm, (until 10pm during the Fringe)
Saturday: 9am until 4pm
Streetcar Museum (Strathcona): Saturdays 10am - 2pm (from May long weekend until Canadian Thanksgiving (October))
At Fort Edmonton Park the streetcar rides are included with the entrance fee. At the High Level Bridge Line tickets ($4 per round trip) are sold by the conductor. Free entrance to the Streetcar Museum (donations only)