The Rocky Mountain Rail Society was registered in Alberta in 1984 as a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and operation of Canadian National Railway steam locomotive 6060, "The Spirit of Alberta". Membership consists of current and retired railway operating personnel, as well as steam and rail fans all concerned with the preservation of this important and unique Canadian heritage locomotive and newly-certified provincial historical resource.
It is the aim of the society to ensure that Canada's largest working steam locomotive remains in full and complete operating condition for the enjoyment of the citizens of Alberta and all people with an interest in steam. As custodians of this beautiful steam locomotive, the members of the Rocky Mountain Rail Society are dedicated to providing opportunities for all steam fans to enjoy seeing 6060 at work. In 2009, 6060 will be pulling a number of steam excursions at Stettler, Alberta, Canada with Alberta Prairie Railway Excursions.
The Rocky Mountain Rail Society has also acquired several coaches. These are the 5209, 1602 "Eagle Spring" and 9030, a maintenance car. "Eagle Spring" was built by the Pullman Co. as a finely furnished coach (including a barber's chair) and was initially leased to the Seaboard Coast Line railway. It came to Canada in 1942 and finished its regular work with the Northern Alberta Railway.
The society also owns and operates a gas-powered speeder. Other assets include a Canadian National snowplow that has been cosmetically restored to its as-delivered paint scheme (ca. 1917-1920) and is on display at Big Valley, Alberta. Rounding out the rolling stock collection is an ex-CPR 40' boxcar used for display purposes, a pair of ex-BC Rail boxcars used for storage, and an ex-CN PSC caboose. Rocky Mountain Rail Society also owns a vintage Alco S3 diesel that is currently in the process of being restored to operating condition.
The heart of the Rocky Mountain Rail Society is retired CNR engineer Harry R.J. Home, member of the Canadian Railway Hall of Fame and one of the CNR's last steam-qualified engineers. Harry has over 50 years experience in engine service and counting. Harry was behind the initial movement to save 6060 from the scrapper's torch, served as her custodian when she arrived in Jasper in 1962, and then as her engineer in her post-retirement restoration. Now 75, he continues to bring energy and enthusiasm to the Society. His devotion to 6060 and professionalism in his craft continues to inspire RMRS members to keep this locomotive in top operating condition.
To assist in the raising of funds to maintain 6060, the Rocky Mountain Rail Society has items for sale, from colour videos to clothing. Please check our Gift Shop page.
Harry Home at work in the Cab of 6060