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100 Year Milestones
1910 to 1913

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One hundred years ago, a series of milestones opened up Central Alberta to new settlement, prosperity and optimism culminating in the incorporation of the City of Red Deer and the city becoming the distribution centre of the region.
 CPR Red Deer River bridge
In 1908, Canadian Pacific had named Red Deer as the divisional point for the railway between Calgary and Edmonton resulting in a great economic boom and several improvements to the railway infrastructure. A new roundhouse, elevated coal chute, stockyards and heavier rail had already been completed the previous year. The wooden bridge across the river was replaced by steel in 1909. There was talk of the thriving town becoming a metropolis and the railway centre of Alberta with plans being drawn up for railroads branching out in nine directions.
The following year, a new impressive station became the focal point of downtown and a new Red Deer-based railway started construction.

Laurier drives ACR first spike 1910
August 10 - Sir Wilfred Laurier lays the first spike for
      the Alberta Central Railway


Construction begins on Alberta Central Railway west

Red Deer CPR station built 1910

Fall - New CPR
     railway station
     opens in
     Red Deer

Construction east on Alberta Central Railway (station, yards, trestle, bridge)
ACR Mintlaw trestle under construction 1911

Construction begins on ACR Mintlaw trestle
Construction completed by Canadian Northern from
      Camrose to Stettler, Big Valley and Drumheller
Construction begins on CN Brazeau subdivision
      (Canadian Northern Western Railway) as far west
      as Sylvan Lake

CNWR wooden trestle under construction 1911

Construction begins
   on Burbank wooden


July 1911 - spur line
   constructed from North Junction to North Red Deer

Late 1911 - agreement for CPR to take over ACR

ACR Mintlaw trestle completed 1912Fall - completion of ACR Mintlaw trestle
Canadian Northern Western reaches Rocky Mountain
      House (Lochearn station)
Canadian Pacific takes over operations and
      construction of Alberta Central Railway
20 feet added to CPR station Red Deer

City of Red Deer crest
March 25 - Red Deer becomes a city

Construction of Grand Trunk Pacific from Mirror to Three Hills

Dawe: Region celebrating century of railroad heritage (Red Deer Express March 2010)

Trails, Transit, Trains

Trails and Trains Overview
Trains and Transit Overview

Milestones 1910-13
Calgary Edmonton Trail
Transit in Central Alberta
Red Deer Transit

Jubilee 3001 Chinook
Locomotives Central Alberta
Rise and Fall of Passenger Rail

The Railways of Central Alberta

Calgary & Edmonton Railway
C & E Railway at Red Deer
Alberta Central Railway
Canadian Northern Railway
Canadian Northern Western RR
Canadian National Railway in RD
Grand Trunk Pacific Central Alberta
Lacombe & Blindman Valley RR
Timetable Excerpts

Railway Stations of the Region

C & ER Combination Stations
Portable Stations
Red Deer CPR 1910 Station
Role of Railway Stations
Red Deer's 4 Stations
CPR Stations in Central Alberta
CNR Stations in Central Alberta
Multiple Station Communities
Station Plans


Bridges, Structures, Heritage

Rail Structures of Region
Central Alberta Rail Bridges

Mintlaw Trestle
Alberta's Railway Bridges
Western Canada Rail Bridges



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