Edmonton Radial Railway Society

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The Edmonton Radial Railway Society or ERRS is a railway museum specialising in Streetcar preservation. Located in Edmonton, AB, it runs streetcars in Fort Edmonton Park and over The High Level Bridge.

History

Facilities

  • Replica barns in Fort Edmonton Park (Fort Edmonton Park line)

Roster

The Edmonton Radial Railway Society has a total of 24 streetcars. 8 are serviceable, 2 are currently being restored, and 14 are stored for future restoration. The ERRS has donated two members of its fleet to other museums.

Active

8 total: 5 at Fort Edmonton Park and 3 on the High Level Bridge.

Fleet number Thumbnail Year Year Acquired Previous operator(s) Manufacturer Model Single or Double End? Line Notes
1

Edmonton Radial Railway Society 1.jpg

1908 1967 Edmonton Radial Railway Ottawa Car Company Single Fort Edmonton Park
  • First car acquired and restored
24 Edmonton Radial Railway Society 24.jpg 1914 1987 Toronto Suburban Railway
Canadian National Railway
Preston Single Fort Edmonton Park
33 Edmonton Radial Railway Society 33-a.jpg 1912 c.1980 Edmonton Radial Railway St. Louis Car Company Double High Level Bridge
  • Part of the same order as 42
  • One of the last streetcars in service by city?
42 Edmonton Radial Railway Society 42.jpg 1912 1981 Edmonton Radial Railway St. Louis Car Company Single Fort Edmonton Park
  • Part of the same order as 33
  • Acquired 1981, operational by 1984
80 Edmonton Radial Railway Society 80.jpg 1930 ? Edmonton Radial Railway Ottawa Car Company Single Fort Edmonton Park
  • Retired by city in 1951
  • Currently used for charters and special events
247 Edmonton Radial Railway Society 247.jpg 1921
1947
1990 Nankai Electric Railway (Osaka, Japan) Umebachi/Sharyo Double High Level Bridge
  • Originally acquired for parts, but arrived in good enough shape that it was used in service
930 Edmonton Radial Railway Society 930.jpg 1947 2004 Melbourne Tramways Board Melbourne Tramways Board W6 class tram Double High Level Bridge
  • Retired 1997
  • Donated 2004
  • Put in service 2006
4612 Edmonton Radial Railway Society 4612.jpg 1951
1990
1995 TTC CC&F
TTC
A-8 class PCC
A-15 class PCC
Single Fort Edmonton Park
  • Ex. TTC 4612, originally TTC 4543
  • Rebuilt by TTC 1990 as an A-15 class PCC.
  • Retired by TTC in 1995, donated.
  • Re-gauged from TTC to standard gauge and entered service in 1997.

Current Projects

Fleet number Thumbnail Year Year Acquired Original operator Manufacturer Model Notes
42 1928 Regina Municipal Railway CC&F
  • Will run on Fort Edmonton Park line
200 1907 1986 ?
Saskatoon Municipal Railway
Ottawa Car Company Track sweeper
  • Ex. SMR 200
  • Aquired by the SMR secondhand in 1913
  • Retired 1951, donated to the WDM. Sold to Edmonton in 1986.
  • Will sweep Fort Edmonton Park tracks in order to keep streetcars running until Christmas.

Future Projects

There are a total of 14 streetcars in need of work before they can run on either of the lines.

Fleet number Thumbnail Year Year Acquired Original operator Manufacturer Model/type Notes
6 1913 Brandon Municipal Railway Niles Car and Manufacturing Company Single-truck streetcar
  • Retired 1932
8 1912 2013 Regina Municipal Railway Preston Single-truck streetcar
  • Retired 1947, converted to tourist info booth, later used as a garden shed.
13 1911 Edmonton Radial Railway Ottawa Car Company Double-truck streetcar
  • Retired 1948
31 1911 Edmonton Radial Railway Preston Prairie Preston
  • Retired 1949
  • One of two surviving Prairie Preston bodies known to survive
  • Unrestorable, will be used as a pattern for a future replica
35 1895
1920
1999 Charlotte, NC
Saskatoon Municipal Railway
AC&F
Saskatoon
Open-air car
Closed-in car
  • Originally built for Charlotte, NC.
  • Rebuilt as a closed car upon purchase in 1920, along with 32-34
  • Retired 1934
  • Rescued from from Saskatchewan farm in 1999.
53 1913 Edmonton Radial Railway Preston Big Preston
  • One of 3 Big Prestons owned by ERRS
54 1928 Saskatoon Municipal Railway Ottawa Car Company

Ex. SMR 54

60 1913
1918
Calgary Municipal Railway Ottawa Car Company
  • Caught fire in 1918, rebuilt without 'observer windows' in roof.
  • Retired 1950.
62 1929 Saskatoon Municipal Railway Ottawa Car Company
  • The last factory-new car delivered to Saskatoon
  • Ex. SMR 62
65 1913 Edmonton Radial Railway Preston Big Preston
  • One of 3 Big Prestons owned by ERRS
73 1913 Edmonton Radial Railway Preston Big Preston
  • One of 3 Big Prestons owned by ERRS
202 Saskatoon Municipal Railway 203-a.jpg 1918 Rochester, NY
London Street Railway
Saskatoon Municipal Railway
Cincinnati Car Company Large Peter Witt
4349 1948 1995 TTC St. Louis Car Company
CC&F
A-6 Class PCC
4367 1948 1989 TTC St. Louis Car Company
CC&F
A-6 Class PCC
  • Ex. TTC 4367
  • Retired 1989 and immediately passed on to the ERRS
  • Operable, but needs re-gauging

Former Holdings

Fleet number Thumbnail Year Year Acquired Year Deaccessioned Previous Operator(s) Manufacturer Model Notes
601 Edmonton Radial Railway Society 601.jpg 1970 1987 2016 Hanover Stadtbahn
Vancouver Regional Transit System
Edmonton Transit System
Siemens/DüWag LRV prototype
  • Hanover prototype LRV
  • Bought by BC government in 1975 for Vancouver demonstration, but was never used
  • Aquired 1987, ran in Fort Edmonton Park in 1989
  • Used for
  • Stored until 2005 when it returned to service on the High Level Bridge
  • Donated to Hanover Tramway Museum in 2016.
2001 1912 1998 2016 Oregon Electric Railway
British Columbia Electric Railway
Edmonton Transit System
GE 60-ton Steeple Cab Electric Locomotive

See Also