Quarter century of memories at local museum

A large outdoor museum in the Wetaskiwin area is marking its 25-year anniversary on June 4 with a party.

Alberta Central Railway Museum

Alberta Central Railway Museum

A large outdoor museum in the Wetaskiwin area is marking its 25-year anniversary on June 4 with a party.

The Alberta Central Railway Museum is a unique outdoor time machine into the province’s past, when trains were a major part of everyone’s life.

Museum spokesman Bill Wilson said the museum specializes in working trains, exhibits and displays that show the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway in western Canada up to 1967.

Wilson said the day of celebration at the museum south of Wetaskiwin will start with a pancake breakfast from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. At 2 p.m. birthday cake and coffee will be served.

“We want to celebrate with our guests,” said Wilson by phone May 26.

Of course the main attraction at the museum, a fully functional passenger train that takes passengers on a 20-minute trip, will be running and all displays will be open. Wilson said it’s not rare for people to wish they had a chance to travel on a passenger train, a form of transportation that isn’t commonly seen anymore. That opportunity waits just a 10-minute drive south of Wetaskiwin.

The anniversary takes place Sunday, June 4 at the Alberta Central Railway Museum, which can be found by leaving Wetaskiwin eastbound on Sec Hwy #613, then turn south on Sec Hwy #822. Drive south for about 10 minutes until you see the Alberta Central Railway Museum sign on the right side of the road, turn right onto Twp Rd #452 and follow for a few minutes until you hit Rng Rd #234. Turn right, and look for the sign.

Normal admission rates are in effect: $5 per adult, $4 per student, child 3-5 years $2, under 2 years free. Train tickets are $4 per person. Find more information online at http://www.abcentralrailway.com.