Edmonton 13 (1911) © Hans Ryffel, ERRS
The following streetcars are currently in storage and awaiting restoration:
- Brandon 6
- Calgary 60
- Edmonton 13
- Edmonton 31
- Edmonton 38
- Edmonton 53, 65 & 73
- Regina 8
- Saskatoon 35
- Saskatoon 54 & 62
- Saskatoon 202
- Toronto 4349
- Toronto 4367
The decaying body of Edmonton 13, seen above, is a typical example of the condition in which streetcars arrive at the our workshops. Upon abandonment, most streetcars were stripped of their metal parts and electrical equipment, while many bodies saw further use as cottages, chicken or pig barns, farm sheds or even roadside diners. Not being in the best of condition when coming out of service, the bodies suffered further damage through weather and vandalism in mostly open air storage. It takes great efforts and detective skills to bring them here to Edmonton.
The restoration task is not an easy one as the bodies are usually in decayed condition and it takes many years and countless hours of volunteer work to restore a car back to operational condition. In most cases, simple restoration is out of the question and the respective car has to be fully rebuilt from scratch with the help of the remaining sample pieces. Replacements for missing trucks, motors, controllers, compressors and other vital equipment often has to be searched for around the world or even manufactured in our own workshop. It is therefore not surprising that some projects take as long as 20 years and thousands of volunteer hours to complete.
Our aim is to eventually restore at least one car of each type that once operated in Edmonton, in addition to some significant examples from other Canadian cities.
Work for the ERRS will certainly be available well into the next century and beyond the lifetime of most of its members. To ensure these projects are completed well into the future, we try hard to obtain and set aside vital parts which may at that time no longer be available.