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Railways of Central Alberta

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Historical Perspective

CNR station Red Deer 1955 - Red Deer ArchivesTo a great extent, the City of Red Deer owes its location and position as the transportation and distribution centre of Central Alberta to the building of and decisions made by the various railways in its early years. 
Other communities in Central Alberta often prospered or perished, as well as their locations determined, by the coming of the railway. For more than 60 years, the railway stations in numerous communities were the focal point for transportation and communication, and to some extent, the social and business fabric of towns large and small.

C & E Trail stagecoach drawing - Little Village That GrewFor a short time prior to the railway, ancient and exploratory trails provided an uncomfortable and tedious means for the few settlers to get to isolated destinations.

As railway passenger service started its slow decline in the late 1940s with the development of improved roads and highways, buses provided an alternate form of transportation for those who didn't have private automobiles.

Photo descriptions and credits at bottom of page.

Railways of Central Alberta
CPR Jubilee 3001 Aug 1938 Calgary - Otto Perry     Calgary and Edmonton Railway (CPR)
     Calgary and Edmonton Railway at Red Deer (CPR)
     Alberta Central Railway (CPR)
               - Red Deer to Rocky Mountain House

     Canadian Northern Railway in Central Alberta (CNR)
               - Camrose to Drumheller

     Canadian Northern Western Railway Brazeau sub (CNR)
               - Mirror to Red Deer and Nordegg

     Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in Central Alberta (CNR)
               - Mirror to Three Hills

     Lacombe and Blindman Valley Electric Railway (CPR)
also known as the Lacombe and Northwestern Railway) - Lacombe to Rimbey     
Canadian National Railway operated in downtown Red Deer from 1920 to 1960

Railway Stations Were Once the Focal Point of Western Canadian Communities
     The railway stations of Central Alberta by railway and subdivision
Mackenzie and Mann influenced Central Alberta's first railway stations
- A Comprehensive Guide to the Calgary & Edmonton Railway 1891 Combination Stations
     Red Deer 1910 CPR station 'jewel' still dominates Ross Street
Mintlaw ACR trestle shortly after completion - Red Deer Archives P4559     Red Deer once had four railway stations
     Canadian Pacific Railway Stations in Central Alberta
     Canadian National Railway Stations in Central Alberta
     Most communities once had portable stations for a time
Multiple Station Communities

Notable Railway Bridges and Structures
     ACR/CPR Mintlaw Steel Trestle
     Railway Bridges of Central Alberta
     Alberta's 10 Largest Railway Bridges
     50 Longest Railway Bridges of Western Canada
     28 Highest Railway Bridges of Western Canada
     Notable Railway Structures in Central Alberta

Cardinal Coach Lines Red Deer 1949Trains, Transit & Trails
     Historical Perspective Overview Part 1 - Trails and Trains
     Historical Perspective Overview Part 2 - Trains and Transit
     The Calgary and Edmonton Trail
     Rise and Fall of Passenger Rail in the C&E Corridor
     Jubilee 4-4-4 3001 'The Chinook'
     History of Railway Locomotive Power in Central Alberta
     Evolution of Transit in Central Alberta
     History of Red Deer Transit
     Rails to Trails

Photo descriptions and credits:
Header: CPR Red Deer 1910 brick station, C&ER 1891 station as freight shed and park c1912 colourized
     (Red Deer Archives P8737);
CNR station at Red Deer 1955 (Red Deer Archives P7009);
Drawing of Calgary & Edmonton Trail stagecoach (The Little Village That Grew - The History of North Red Deer -
     North Red Deer 75th Anniversary Committee 1987);
CPR Jubilee 3001 'The Chinook' Calgary August 1938 (Otto Perry);
ACR/CPR Mintlaw steel trestle shortly after completion 1912 (Red Deer Archives P4559 Fleming);
Cardinal Coach Lines Red Deer 1949 (Red Deer Archives)

Photos courtesy of Red Deer Archives and Paul Pettypiece.


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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