Alberta Prairie steam train at Big Valley
A branch of the CN runs from Edmonton, Alberta to Hay River,
on the shores of the Great Slave Lake in Northwest Territories.
About 80 miles (130km) of this line lie within Northwest Territories.
Hay River is the most northerly point connected by rail to the main
North American rail network.
- Canadian Pacific from Lethbridge meets BNSF from
Shelby, Montana at the US border between Coutts and Sweetgrass.
Local and Regional Freight Operators
River Railway Camrose (interchange with CN) to Alliance, about
50 miles (80 km)
- Cando Ltd
provides switching services at the Gibsons Energy and Imperial Oil
sites in East Edmonton, interchanging with Canadian Pacific and CN
- Cargill provides switching services at its own
grain elevator in Viking, interchanging with CN (Website not
functional when last checked)
- Great Sandhills Railway located mainly in
Saskatchewan, enters Alberta for a short distance to reach McNeill.
No direct connection with any other railway in Alberta
Canadian Pacific luxury cruise train
Mountaineer luxury cruise train
- Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions steam and diesel
hauled trains from Stettler to Big Valley, about 20 miles (32km).
Dining services and other specials operate on various days
- Alberta Railway Museum in Edmonton. Open daily
from May to September, offers rides in works trolleys every day and
in loco hauled trains on holiday weekends
Crossing Railway Aspen Crossing, near Mossleigh, to Blackie, about
14 miles (32km). Diesel hauled. Operates most weekends and some other
days May to October. Dining services and other specials operate on
various days (Unsolicited audio on website)
- Edmonton Radial Railway Society operates historic
trams (streetcars) in Edmonton Park and in southern Edmonton
Edmonton Park includes an operating steam railway and historic
- Galt Historic
Railway Park on certain days offers rides on a short narrow gauge
track using a converted motorised works trolley
- Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary
includes a steam hauled standard gauge railway circling the park.
Open daily late May to August and weekends in September
Photo image © Richard Peat
Canadian flag image from CIA World Factbook
Alberta flag image source uncertain
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