Railways of Northern Alberta [Edmonton North]

The Northern Alberta Railways (NAR) came into being in 1929. [CNR in 1981] An amalgamation of four railways, the Edmonton, Dunvegan and British Columbia (ED&BC). the Alberta and Great Waterways Railway (A&GW), the Canada Central Railway (CCR) and the Pembina Valley Railway (PVR). ED&BC started in Edmonton in 1912, it reached Dawson Creek in 1930. A&GW began in 1914 reaching Waterways 1925. The CCR built from McLennan to Hines Creek from 1913 to 1930. PVR ran from Busby to Barrhead in 1926.
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Fresh out of the shop. So fresh in fact the painter was concerned the varnish on the tender was not yet completely dry! Nevertheless, the shop foreman had the engine brought out for the photographer.  This was the last NAR steam engine to be outshopped. Six months later it was retired on September 30, 1960.  Note: 2-8-0 74 continued in yard service until October 22, 1960. 73 was the last to be retired six days later.  Dunvegan, AB. April 7, 1960 Peter Cox

Fresh out of the shop. So fresh in fact the painter was concerned the varnish on the tender was not yet completely dry! Nevertheless, the shop foreman had the engine brought out for the photographer. This was the last NAR steam engine to be outshopped. Six months later it was retired on September 30, 1960. Note: 2-8-0 74 continued in yard service until October 22, 1960. 73 was the last to be retired six days later. Dunvegan, AB. April 7, 1960 Peter Cox

CNR train entering the eastern side of the Peace River valley over the Heart River trestle.

Peace River is a city in the Peace River Valley region of Alberta. Peace River, Peace River Valley from Around Guides, the interactive travel guide.

NAR GP9 204

NAR GP9 204

Central Canada Railway arrived at Peace River Landing in 1916.  This is a ca1920 view of the Peace River valley in northern Alberta in 1920.  NAR Heart River trestle.

Central Canada Railway arrived at Peace River Landing in This is a view of the Peace River valley in northern Alberta in NAR Heart River trestle.

Three NAR Geeps [GP9] at work on the NAR at Peace River, Alberta ca1970s

My efforts to model the Peace River subdivision of the Northern Alberta Railways in N scale

Peace River N.A.R. Station Provincial Historic Resource (June 2000) Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management

Peace River N. Station Provincial Historic Resource (June Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management

Peace River N.A.R. Station Provincial Historic Resource (date unknown) Provincial Archives of Alberta, A.14075

Peace River N. Station Provincial Historic Resource (date unknown) Provincial Archives of Alberta,

The Northern Alberta Railway Muskeg Mix - last run of the Muskeg Mix, the passenger train from Edmonton to Fort McMurray

The Northern Alberta Railway Muskeg Mix - last run of the Muskeg Mix, the passenger train from Edmonton to Fort McMurray

NAR 101 first of a two engine order and the last new NAR steam engines. 2-10-0 Decapod 24x28 56" 200 lbs. 49,000 t.e. CLC #1897 1930 Edmonton, Alberta. October 1, 1959 Howard Davis/Bud Laws Collection

NAR 101 first of a two engine order and the last new NAR steam engines.

NAR 73 (ex ED&BC 73 ) Consolidation type 2-8-0 22x28 cyl. 56"drv. 190 lbs. 39,140 t.e. CLC #1821 1927  Converetd to oil burning 8/52 3,881 gals. with 6,000 gals water. Last steam engine, retired October 28, 1960.  Back when it was just another steam engine. It was later restored for tourist operation. Bud Laws Collection

Consolidation No. steamed up and ready for work on the N.

Photo taken in Dunvegan yard, early in the a.m. of September 16. 1960. 51, 72, 74 and 101 were all in steam that day. No. 51 took out the  Waterways train while 72 ran to Barrhead. Robert J. Sandusky

Photo taken in Dunvegan yard, early in the a. of September 74 and 101 were all in steam that day. 51 took out the Waterways train while 72 ran to Barrhead.

Peace River Crossing, 1914 A land rush lead to the establishment of the village of Peace River Crossing in 1914, soon after to be renamed Peace River (courtesy Glenbow Archives

Peace River Crossing, 1914 A land rush lead to the establishment of the village of Peace River Crossing in soon after to be renamed Peace River (courtesy Glenbow Archives

Alberta & Great Waterways Railway Station at Waterways, AB

Alberta & Great Waterways Railway Station at Waterways, AB

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