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

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Location

Address: 
Fort Edmonton Park
(Fox Drive and Quesnel Bridge)
Edmonton, Alberta
T6H 5Y1

Telephone: 1-780-496-1464
Fax: 1-780-437-3095

Mailing Address: 
Edmonton Radial Railway Society
PO Box 45040 Lansdowne Road, Edmonton, Alberta
T6H 5Y1

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Hours of Operation

Operations: Seasonal

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))

Closed:
Winter time

Administration fees

Admission: Charged
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)

Discounts: Groups

About 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

Archives

The archives contain historic documents, maps and photographs related to the former streetcars in Edmonton and other Prairie Cities.

Prints and Drawings • Manuscripts • Photographs • Textual Records

Fine Arts

Period:
Other Period: Japan 1921
Germany 1970

Human History

Electricity • Imaging : Photographs : Video • Industrial Technology and History • Local History • Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints • Memorabilia • Transportation : Railway

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.

Research Services

Archives relating to the history of streetcars in Edmonton and other Prairie Cities.

Archival Records • Conservation or Restoration • Library

Educational Programs

A Streetcar Museum has been established in the Strathcona Streetcar Barn. Special tours and charters are available to interested groups.

Classes or Workshops • School Programs : Age 12-17 (7-13)(Quebec: Secondary 1-CEGEP) : Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Other: Learn to drive a streetcar

Visitor Services

Our operators and conductors provide historic information to visitors

Guided Tours : English • Accessible by Public Transportation • Parking Facilities : Free • Special Needs Facilities : Washrooms : 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

Volunteer Services Available • Volunteer Training Offered

Number of Volunteers: 125

Activities: restoration of historic streetcars, maintenance and streetcar operations

Member Privileges

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

Food Services

Fort Edmonton Park provides various food establishements.

Internet Services

General InformationCollectionsEducationSchool Visits or ProgramsDirections or MapLocal HistoryOnline Giftshop or Bookstore

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Publications & 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 • Brochures • Museum Guide • Newsletters • Periodicals
Other: High Level Bridge brochures and ERRS membership brochures

Images

Image highlighting the museum Edmonton Radial Railway Society

Edmonton streetcars #1 and #42 meet at 1905 Street in Fort Edmonton Park

© Hans Ryffel, ERRS

Image highlighting the museum Edmonton Radial Railway Society

Edmonton Streetcar #1 and the Ford Model T both date from 1908

© Hans Ryffel, ERRS

Image highlighting the museum Edmonton Radial Railway Society

Melbourne tram #930 is ready for service outside the Strathcona streetcar barn (August 5, 2006)

© Hans Ryffel, ERRS

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Edmonton Streetcar #33 is being restored to original 1912 condition as a double-ended streetcar

© Hans Ryffel, ERRS

Image highlighting the museum Edmonton Radial Railway Society

Displays at the Streetcar Museum in Strathcona

© Hans Ryffel, ERRS



Image highlighting the museum Edmonton Radial Railway Society

© Hans Ryffel