Streetcar History - Edmonton Special Cars

Observation Car

Observation Car
The Edmonton Radial Railway observation car approaches the High Level Bridge in front of the legislature building (109 Street/97 Ave).
Alan Manly Collection

The observation car was most likely built in 1920 on the frame of streetcar #22, which burned while in service on 109 Street on June 13, 1917. In contrast to other cities, the Edmonton observation car did not enjoy a very long life, as it went into permanent storage at the end of the 1925 season. The trucks were used elsewhere, while the body was scrapped around 1945.

Library Car

Library Car
Inside the library car: Librarian Jack Fearon suggests some good reading to a young visitor while two youngsters keep a friendly dog occupied.
Foster M. Palmer

Passenger car #14 was rebuilt at the Cromdale shops in 1941 for further use as a mobile library. It was used in that service until abandonment of the Calder line in August 1949, when the car was retired, stripped at 118 Avenue and 124 Street and sold.

Decorated Streetcars

Decorated Car
Car 37 decorated with over 1,000 lights toured the city on Friday, July 1, 1927 to honour the 60th anniversary of Confederation.
Alberta Pioneer Railway Association - Holden Swift

On a number of occasions Edmonton streetcars were decorated for special events or as travelling billboards.