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Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement Project

Project Highlights

  • Supplied and constructed 2 kilometers (about 1.24 miles) of new streetcar tracks for the City of Edmonton’s Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement Project
City of Edmonton
Edmonton, Alberta
Provided By
PNR Railworks

PNR RailWorks upgraded the streetcar system at the historical Fort Edmonton Park in Alberta, Canada.

In 2019, work began on the Fort Edmonton Park Enhancement Project to improve the expansive park and its historical sites. From fall 2019 to June 2021, PNR RailWorks rehabilitated the aging streetcar system that provides free transportation around the park.

Via its Prairie Track Division, PNR RailWorks overhauled the entire track network consisting of 2 kilometers (about 1.24 miles) of timber tie ballasted track. Work also included:
- Removing, salvaging, and re-installing the existing 85-pound diamond;
- Reconnecting the diamond to upgraded 115RE track;
- Supplying and constructing 9 European #4 power switches complete with switch stands;
- Supplying and constructing guard rails on the small radii curves;
- Supplying and constructing at-grade concrete crossing panels, pre-curved on a 37-degree curve;
- Supplying and constructing at-grade timber crossings.

Situated on 158 acres of woodland along the North Saskatchewan River, Fort Edmonton Park is the largest living history museum in Canada. Its 250,000 annual visitors enjoy the park’s historical attractions, including the 1846 Hudson’s Bay Fort, streets preserved from the 1800s and 1900s, and more.

Unique Features

PNR RailWorks took extra precautions to safely execute the work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the team was presented with a COVID Compliance Recognition by the project’s prime contractor. Additionally, the team logged more than 5,000 manhours and 6,000 subcontractor manhours without a recordable incident.

The winters of 2019 and 2020 were particularly harsh in Edmonton, but PNR RailWorks crews continued track construction despite the weather and pandemic.