Collection paa-7676 - Alberta Pioneer Railway Association railway collection

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Alberta Pioneer Railway Association railway collection

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PAA paa-7676

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  • [ca.1909]-1978 (Creation)
    Alberta Pioneer Railway Association

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0.70 m of textual records. -- 65 maps. -- 11 photographs

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The Canadian Railroad Historical Association Rocky Mountain Branch in Edmonton, Alberta was established as a branch of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association (CRHA) in Montreal, Quebec, which was founded in 1932. The CRHA is a non-profit charitable organization that looks to preserve and disseminate information about railway heritage in Canada, and to acquire artifacts and archival material that depicts the historical or technological development of Canada's railways. The CRHA Rocky Mountain Branch was founded in 1960 by Paul McGee, a member of CRHA since 1955. Some of the first projects undertaken by the CRHA Rocky Mountain Branch were the refurbishment of Edmonton Radial Railway streetcar number 1, and the restoration of Northern Alberta Railways (NAR) locomotive number 73 which was donated to the CRHA in 1964 by Premier Steel, a subsidiary of Stelco. On January 15, 1968 the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association (APRA) was incorporated under <em>The Societies Act</em> to take responsibility for providing a labour and operating force while the CRHA Rocky Mountain Branch was to control the administrative details of the operation. At that time, the executive of APRA was the same as the executive for CRHA Rocky Mountain Branch and for a time, all members had to be a member of CRHA Rocky Mountain Branch before becoming eligible to join APRA. The space needed for the operation and maintenance the Association's rolling stock was initially provided to the CRHA Rocky Mountain Branch by the City of Edmonton at the Edmonton Transit Cromdale Car Barns at 116th Avenue and 80th Street in Edmonton, Alberta. In the early 1970s the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association moved its rolling stock to 24215 34th Street in Edmonton, transferring the Canadian National (CN) St. Albert railway station building to the site which later housed part of the Alberta Railway Museum which was opened by APRA in 1976.

Custodial history

The records of the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association were deposited in a number of accessions during the years 1975-1982 by a number of different association members, including Mr. Don Scafe, Mr. Norman Corness, Mr. Paul McGee and Mr. E.K. Letain. The records were originally deposited in the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association Archives by a number of different donors.

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Collection consists of various records relating to the City of Edmonton Street Railway Department, Edmonton Street Railroad and Radial Railway, Canadian National Railroad, Canadian Northern Railway Company, Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Grand Trunk Pacific Companies, Northern Alberta Railways Company, Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia Railway Company, and Central Canada Railway Company. Collection includes financial records, passenger statistics, correspondence, telegrams, equipment inventories, specifications and advertising catalogues, tenders, equipment and track standards, duplicate certificates of title, newsletters, newspaper clippings, a conductor's book, public notices and transit system schedules, employee files and seniority lists, radio advertising broadcast transcripts and advertising copy. Collection also includes plans and maps depicting various areas in Edmonton, Alberta that are serviced by transit and railroad companies. Collection also includes photographs that depict the interior and renovations of a street-car, and various railroad construction crews and equipment.

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All the accessions that comprise this fonds, which includes PR1975.0011, PR1975.0052, PR1976.0202, PR1976.0438, PR1977.0021, PR1977.0190, PR1978.2058, and PR1982.0027, PR1982.0083, were amalgamated into accession PR1982.0083.

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  • The material is in English.

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Access Conditions: None. Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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Other records deposited by the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association railway collection can be found in PR1058 Alberta Pioneer Railway Association fonds.

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Included in accession PR1982.0083 were records belonging to the following unrelated fonds: PR1058 Alberta Pioneer Railway Association fonds. Information for the administrative history was taken from the records and from the Alberta Railway Museum website, located at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> (accessed July 19, 2004) and the Canadian Railroad Historical Association website, located at <a href="" target="_blank"></a> (accessed July 19, 2004).<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1982.0083<br><br>

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