I have two paintings in my house that were painted by Angus Mills. I decided that I wanted to share these paintings with you, so I've added them to the Museum's Flickr account. You can see them, along with other pictures of Mills' paintings, by clicking here or viewing them below.
The clock and the calendar move on and so do we. Another year has gone by. We finished a few projects and started a few more. Progress is made one step at a time and we are doing that very thing.
As one of those steps, NAR 302 "Chief Moostoos" now takes her rightful place as a cornerstone of the collection along with road diesels 9000, 6514, 6614 and switchers #4 and 7944.
We must never forget that we preserve a unique part of Canada's railway history.
Attached is a graphic of 9000 from CN a few decades ago.
I am proud to be a part of the APRA and to work with such a dynamic board as we move forward facing many tasks. There are some new ideas in the works. They will give more purpose and vision to the next year and the years beyond. Let's work together as we concentrate on preserving and interpreting this collection which is a significant part of our heritage.
For you and yours, please accept my best wishes for a New Year filled with satisfaction and achievement.
With heartfelt sadness, my mother and I would like you to know that after 86 years, Alan Vanterpool died peacefully in hospital in Edmonton on Sunday, November 30, 2014.
He is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Lise, sister Joanna Krasner, and relatives in Canada, the US and Dutch West Indies. Alan was predeceased by his parents Thomas Clifford and Phyllis Angela (née Clarke) Vanterpool of Saskatoon, and first born daughter Gail of Edmonton.
Alan was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK where he attended school and university. He earned degrees in chemistry with a BA (1948) and MA (1951) from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (1954), followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester, NY (1954-55).
Alan was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan in 1955-56, then worked in the research department of Celanese Canada, Edmonton, and Celanese Research Company, Summit New Jersey between 1956 and 1970. He was elected a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 1967. Alan went on to work in science policy and industrial development for the Governments of Canada and then Alberta, serving his later years as Assistant Deputy Minister, and finally as Secretary to the Premier's Council on Science and Technology prior to retiring in 1994.
While working in Edmonton, Alan met Joan, and they married in 1958. Alan and Joan celebrated 56 years together, full with family, friends, and world travel.
In retirement, Alan enjoyed genealogy, ship modelling, and the history of trains and railways. He served on the board of the Alberta Pioneer Railway Association, and contributed as historian, train conductor, and tour guide. Alan was also on the boards of the Alberta Ship Model Society, the Edmonton and District Historical Society, the Friends of the Provincial Archives, and served for a time as president of the Friends of the U of A Museums. Alan wrote five history books about railways, including "Silk Trains of North America," an e-book to which he has encouraged ongoing updates, and most recently, "Rivers and Rails," published in April, 2014.
He will be remembered as a level-headed, supportive, and entertaining husband, father, friend, and colleague.
In accordance with Alan's wishes there will be no funeral service and his body has been donated to the University of Alberta for medical research. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be sent to the University of Saskatchewan for the TC Vanterpool Memorial Prize, a scholarship set up in Alan's father's memory (University Advancement, U of S, 501-121 Research Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 1K2;https://give.usask.ca/; 1-800-699-1907).
We will miss him greatly.
Joan and Lise
I am pleased to inform you that the CN Railroaders in the Community program has approved an employee volunteer grant for $1,000 submitted by CN employee Kevin Franchuk on behalf of Alberta Pioneer Railway Association. Please allow up to three months for the processing and mailing of the cheque.
CN is extremely proud of our employees who volunteer in our communities. We recognize and celebrate their commitment by donating $1,000 to charitable organizations for which they have volunteered at least 40 hours in a given calendar year.
Have a safe day.
CN Railroaders in the Community
Thank you Kevin for your contribution and for applying for this volunteer grant - very appreciated by us all!
The Association is grateful for both the support and encouragement that we receive from the Edmonton Arts Council. The mission of the Alberta Railway Museum is greatly enhanced by this concrete evidence of our mutual commitment to the Arts.
We have just been awarded $6,100 towards our Operational Expenses - the latest example of our co-operative relationship.
Thanks Stephen for your effort in submitting this.
Streamliners in green and imitation gold:
The museum’s own 1948 F3, ex CN 9000, in rare consist with CN’s business car fleet E9AR 102, two years newer when it left La Grange as Burlington Route 9940A. The “covered wagons” were featured at Saturday’s CN Family Day at Edmonton’s Walker Yard.
Thanks Kevin for a great photo and post!
Occasional posts from our President, Herb Dixon.