(Edmonton, AB) The Alberta Railway Museum will celebrate Alberta's Heritage Day in a 'hand-over' ceremony by CN of the former Northern Alberta Railways (NAR) diesel locomotive #302 "Chief Moostoos", and with Lewis Cardinal, a direct descendent of Chief Moostoos.
At the same time, the Museum is reaching out and recognizing NAR veterans who worked on Canada's third-largest railway. History buffs will be able to learn of the importance of the NAR during the World War II construction of the Alaska Highway and the Canol Pipeline, as well as the opening of the Peace River agricultural frontier. Rail buffs will be able to learn such things as: what a "flying switch" entailed, what a "Gandy Dancer" was, or why you never got off the front end of a caboose to throw a switch. What glass insulators were used for in the stations, will also be answered and other practices that have long since been forgotten - except by the rails who performed them