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.
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