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1967 Confederation train at Red Deer yard - Hayhoe1967
Canada's centennial train visits Red Deer
- Canada celebrated 100 years of its existence as an
   independent country.
- The Centennial Train travelled through the nation that
   included a stop in Red Deer.
- The major railway corridors still had regular passenger
   service and many of the region's railway stations were
   still operational, some for express only, including:
Red Deer CPR yard 1967 - Waskasoo Camera Club, Red Deer Archives       - Red Deer CPR 1910 chateau-style,
       - Blackfalds CPR 1904 #2,
       - Lacombe CPR 1911 special,
       - Ponoka C&ER 1891 combination,
       - Hobbema CPR 1928 #14A,
       - Wetaskiwin CPR 1907 special,
       - Penhold CPR 1904 #2,
       - Innisfail CPR 1961 cinder block,
       - Bowden CPR 1904 #2,
       - Olds CPR 1962 cinder block,
       - Didsbury CPR 1904 Pratt,
       - Sylvan Lake CNor 1913 3rd class,
       - Sylvan Lake CPR 1924 #14A,
       - Benalto CPR 1928 #14A,
       - Clive CPR 1912 A2 Western,
CNR rail yard north Red Deer 1968 - Red Deer Archives       - Alix relocated CNor 1912 3rd class,
       - Erskine CPR 1910 A2 Western,
       - Stettler CPR 1925 #14A,
       - Stettler CNor 1911 2nd class,
       - Big Valley CNor 1912 2nd class,
       - Mirror GTP 1911 Design E.
       - Delburne GTP 1912 Type E,
       - Trochu CNR 1959 modern
- The Innisfail and Olds C&E 1891 combination stations
   were closed in 1961 and replaced by small cinder block
CP Dayliner at Red Deer 1967 - Jim Aellen, Red Deer Museum- The Rocky Mountain House station (CPR A3) closed in
   1966 and burned to the ground in 1967.
- The CNR had closed its downtown Red Deer special
   station in 1960 but still had a temporary arrangement
   with the CPR to share trackage between its remaining
   Red Deer customers between the CPR yard and North
   Junction. Canada's first rail relocation project was the
   creation of a new commercial rail yard north of the river.
- Budd RDCs operating on three Central Alberta lines
   including CPR Dayliner service between Calgary and
   Edmonton with stops at Red Deer, Innisfail, Lacombe and
   Wetaskiwin as well as CNR Railiner service between
   Calgary and Edmonton or Drumheller via Delburne, Mirror,
   Stettler and Big Valley starting in 1956.
- Grain elevators still dominated the skylines of most
   Central Alberta communities.
Red Deer north CPR yard elevators 1967 - Waskasoo Camera Club- CNR had introduced its new classic logo (1960),
   passenger cars adopted the grey and black paint scheme
   and road locomotives had diagonal stripes since 1961.
   Some boxcars and reefers had colour-coded doors.
- CPR had introduced its script branding in 1960 but block
   lettering was still very common. Newsprint cars had
   either the red herald or pine tree logo.
- Although both CPR and CNR were still running 4-axle GMD
   GP7s and GP9s, they were being replaced by GMD GP35s.
   Both railways were also running new 6-axle GMD SD40s.
- The most common freight car was the 40' boxcar but 50'
   boxcars, covered hoppers and tank cars were common.
   Older cars such as outside braced wood boxcars and
   stock cars were still plentiful.
- Roofwalks on boxcars were gradually being removed and
   all new freight cars had none.
- The CPR Alberta Central sub between Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House via the Mintlaw trestle shifted its
   connection with the CPR main line from Forth to Tuttle (1961).
- In Red Deer, Alpha Dairies, Carling Brewery, Macdonalds Consolidated and five grain elevators (including UGG,
   National) were customers served off the downtown yard. Although the freight house had been removed, two
   team tracks still served LCL (less than carload) customers.
- White Rose/Shell refinery at Bowden was loading tank cars.
- Alberta Pacific and Searle grain companies had become part of Federal Grain Company.

Photos (Please do not replicate without credit to photographer or collection):
. 1967 Confederation train at Red Deer yard - Sylvia Hayhoe photo, Red Deer Archives
2. 1967 Red Deer CPR rail yard - Waskasoo Camera Club, Red Deer Archives
3. CNR rail yard north Red Deer 1968 - Red Deer Archives
4. CP Dayliner at Red Deer 1967 - Jim Aellen photo, Red Deer Museum
5. Red Deer north CPR yard elevators 1967 - Waskasoo Camera Club, Red Deer Archives


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1955 - Transition and change     1967 - Canada's centennial     1985 - Last passenger train in region      2005 - Alberta's centennial
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