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2019
 
Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto's train station sees new life as community hub
The Benalto Centennial Station held its grand opening on Sept. 28

Oct. 1, 2019, Sylvan Lake News (Megan Roth)
The former Benalto train station has officially opened its doors as the Benalto Centennial Station. The Benalto Centennial Station welcomed residents from the community and surrounding area to the grand opening Sept. 28 for a hot dog lunch and a tour of the new facility. Six years of work on the old railroad station, and roughly half a million dollars has turned out what the committee behind the station hopes will become the hub of the (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto Centennial Station to celebrate grand opening
Sept. 28, 2019, Red Deer Advocate (Lana Michelin)
The newly renovated Benalto Centennial Station will be unveiled to the public at a grand opening ceremony Saturday. Attendees will hear about the 1928 station's well-travelled history. After being moved out of Benalto in 1971 to be used as a private residence near Red Deer, the historic train station underwent a second move in 1985 to the Burnt Lake area, before being donated back to the community in 2013. A local group has been
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Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central)

Origins of CNR in Red Deer go back to 1910-11
Aug. 20, 2019, Red Deer Advocate (Michael Dawe)
This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most important companies in Canada. It was one hundred years ago, in 1918-1919, that the Canadian National Railways was created by the federal government through the public take-over and consolidation of a number of bankrupt railway companies. The origins of the CNR in Red Deer really go back to 1910-1911. The Canadian Northern Railway created a subsidiary company, the (more) 

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Locomotive lovers continue to build up a head of steam
May 4, 2019, Red Deer Advocate, & May 9, 2019, Central Alberta Life (Paul Cowley)

For Don Gillespie, there's no sound like the train whistle from No. 41. "It's got that melancholy. It sounds like you're coming down a mountain grade. Yeah, it's nice." Only a year shy of becoming a centenarian, the Pennsylvania-built steam engine has taken tens of thousands of passengers back in time at Alberta Prairie Railway. This season will mark the 30th anniversary for the Stettler-based company that boasts it offers
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
History
Red Deer's key thoroughfares pay tribute to city's founders
April 17, 2019, Red Deer Advocate (Michael Dawe)
One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to the names of streets and avenues in Red Deer, is why the north-south roadways are called avenues and the east-west roads are named streets. The usual pattern in North America is the other way around. The simple answer is no one knows for sure. The original townsite of Red Deer was mapped out by George Bemister in November 1890. Generally, he called the
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2018

Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central)
A history of the C.N.R. Bridge
March 21, 2018, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
The annual spring thaw is well underway. While there are some worries about flooding because of the higher than usual snowfall this year, major problems are not expected. However, this is quite a contrast to the situation for many years during the spring break-ups of the Red Deer River when there were often major concerns about flooding and damage. One of the biggest worries was over the Canadian National Railway (C.N.R.) bridge
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2017

 
Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Donald Family gives special gift to the Benalto Train Station
Sept. 18, 2017, RDNewsNow (online) (Gary McKinnon)

Donald family members have made a $30,000 donation toward the refurbishment of the Benalto train station. It will become a community museum and recreation centre and could be finished by the end of the year. Back in 1971 Jack and Joan Donald bought the abandoned CPR station and had it moved to the east bank of the Red Deer River near the C&E Trail. They converted the old station into a summer home. A decade later the
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Old Benalto train station gets $30,000
Renovations underway this fall
Sept. 15, 2017, Red Deer Advocate (Susan Zielinski)
Benalto train station is on track to becoming a community and recreation centre with a museum thanks to a $30,000 donation to help refurbish the historic building. In July, Red Deer philanthropists Joan and Jack Donald and their family made the donation to Benalto Booster Club for the project. In 1971, the Donald family bought the abandoned CPR station, moved it to the eastern bank of the Red Deer River near the C&E Trail, and (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto train station restoration project receives large donation
The Donald family donated $30,000 to the project
Sept. 15, 2017, Eckville Echo (Megan Roth)

The Benalto train station restoration just received a massive donation from a family closely tied to the station.
The Donald family recently donated $30,000 towards the project, which will see the old CPR station transition into its new role as a community museum and recreation centre. The committee working to fix up and transform the station give their thanks to the Donald family for their generous donation. "Thanks to their insight in
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
County approves funding for Benalto Train Station
July 2017 Issue, Red Deer County News
At the June 6 Council meeting, Red Deer County approved a request from the Benalto Booster Club for $75,000 to help finish the Benalto Train Station. The station was originally built in 1928 and moved out of Benalto in 1971. Local residents offered the station back to the community in 2012, and the Booster Club saw an opportunity to provide Benalto with a gathering place and recreational facility. The renovated and rebuilt
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Canada 150
Railway had significant impact on city
June 29, 2017, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
Canada's first prime minister waxed eloquently about the importance of the railways to Canada. At a community level, rail's impact on Red Deer was almost as significant. It seems obvious now that Red Deer would become Central Alberta's premiere community. However, more than a century ago, it wasn't so clear. Paul Pettypiece, president of the Forth Junction Heritage Society, agrees railway's role in Red Deer's emergence is not to (more)
 
Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto train station revival on track with $75,000 grant from Red Deer County
The Benalto Booster Club's pet project is anticipated to open as a community centre in spring 2018
June 26, 2017, Eckville Echo (Samuel Macdonald)
The iconic traditional centre of the community of Benalto is getting a face lift, thanks to the Benalto Booster Club and the efforts of many volunteers. The 1920s rail station is in the process of a thorough renovation -- one that will eventually transform it into a modernized community centre with a historical flair. David More, a member of the Benalto Booster Club who acts as a spokesperson for the Benalto Train Station project, said it is his
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto Train Station nearly done, Red Deer County grants $75,000
June 7, 2017, Lacombe Online (Joseph Ho)
The end is in sight for the Benalto Booster Club, a group of residents who have been working since 2013 to refurbish the Benalto Train Station, turning it into a community hub for the hamlet. At its meeting on June 6, Red Deer County council approved a $75,000 grant that will help pay for the last phase of the project. The club plans to apply for a provincial grant to cover the rest of the $130,670 cost. Some of the remaining work
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto Train Station

County chips in $75,000 for project

June 7, 2017, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
Benalto's historic train station project keeps chugging along. The community-led initiative, to convert a 1928 CPR station into a recreation centre, museum and archives, got a big boost on Tuesday when Red Deer County approved a $75,000 donation. Benalto Booster Club's Dave More said the project means a lot to the small community, just a few kilometres west of Sylvan Lake, south of Hwy 11. "I think it's going to give us a
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Stettler and Big Valley celebrate Canada's 150th birthday with steam trains
May 23, 2017, Red Deer Advocate, May 25, 2017, Central Alberta Life (Lana Michelin)
Canada was shaped by railroads, so it's fitting a Rails and Tales steam train celebration is being planned for this nation's 150th birthday. Three vintage steam locomotives will be featured in special events from June 28 to July 5 in Big Valley and Stettler. The Rails and Tales activities -- to include Metis dancers, steam tractors and other early agricultural equipment, and a rail history display -- is being organized by the East Central Alberta
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto

Artist donating work to train station fundraiser
April 14, 2017, Red Deer Advocate, April 20, 2017, Central Alberta Life (Lana Michelin)
Benalto's well-travelled train station is back in its original location, across from the local fairgrounds, in a fundraising painting by David More. In honour of the historic station's return to the community, and the 100th anniversary of the Benalto Fair and Stampede, the Benalto artist and history buff is donating his acrylic work Return to Benalto to a local effort to turn the train station into a museum and recreation centre. The
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - General
Fight to save grain elevator
Blackfalds grain elevator could be saved
Jan. 19, 2017, Red Deer Advocate (Lana Michelin) & Jan. 26, Central Alberta Life
'The new owners don't know what to do with the grain elevator . . . we don't want to lose such a poignant piece of local history' - Bob Gugin, Old Prairie Sentinel Distillery.
The 94-year-old Mintlaw grain elevator near Blackfalds just might escape the wrecker's ball for a second time. The smallish Searle Grain Co. elevator built in 1923 initially had a date with a demolition crew some 60 years ago. That's when a heritage-minded Central (more)

2016

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
All Aboard
Stettler's Polar Express offering round trips to the North Pole
Dec. 13, 2016, Red Deer Advocate (Susan Zielinski) & Dec. 22, 2016, Central Alberta Life
Families wearing fleece pyjamas beneath their winter coats are climbing aboard The Polar Express in Stettler for round trips to the North Pole throughout December. Travellers on one-hour holiday train ride with Alberta Prairie Railway experience the classic children's book, The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, about a boy who takes a magical Christmas Eve train ride to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa. Last week, Arctic
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Alberta Prairie Railway to whisk riders away on The Polar Express
Nov. 15, 2016, Red Deer Advocate
A holiday train ride aboard Alberta Prairie Railway is bringing The Polar Express motion picture to life starting Dec. 1. The one-hour The Polar Express Train Ride departs from Stettler for a round trip to the "North Pole". Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, passengers will relive the magic of the story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express. Hot chocolate and a cookie treat will be served as passengers read along with
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Historic bridge in need of more work
Oct. 21, 2016, Red Deer Advocate (Susan Zielinski)

Red Deer's CPR Bridge needs more than a new coat of paint and minor repairs, but exactly what it needs has yet to be determined. The historic bridge, built in 1907, was originally slated for a $3.7 million repair and paint job as part of the 2016 capital budget. Wayne Gustafson, engineering services manager for the City of Red Deer, said work was postponed when an evaluation in late spring suggested more work was required to parts like
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Over 1K visitors at Alberta Prairie Railway's pumpkin patch
Oct. 19, 2016, Stettler Independent (Moush Sara John)
Patrons and visitors from all over the province came to attend Alberta Prairie Railway's Harvest Pumpkin Fest, riding the special trains that took them to the pumpkin patch on Saturday, Oct. 15. According to Bob Willis, general manager of Alberta Prairie Railway, there was a very slight decrease in the total numbers this year from those of 2014 and 2015, with 1,082 attendees this year. But, he attributes this to the "challenging"
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)  
Alberta Prairie Steam Tours
Volunteers laying track for new route
Aug. 31, 2016, Red Deer Advocate (Lana Michelin)
If it isn't the turkey vulture, it's the relentlessly wet summer weather. After surmounting many obstacles -- environmental, financial and circumstantial -- a small group of volunteers that's laying train track north of Stettler is within eye-shot of their first target. The Stettler-area non-profit group is within a kilometre of reaching Red Willow. The hamlet of 40 residents is expected to be connected to the town of Stettler by
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
A look at the history of Riverlands
Aug. 3, 2016, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
The 'other side of the tracks' is a well-worn phrase in the English language. Unfortunately, it is often used in a negative context. Riverlands is the current name used for the area west of the old CPR main line, on the south side of the river. It is a district which the City has targeted for rejuvenation and redevelopment. Riverlands first became a distinct area after the construction of the Calgary-Edmonton (CPR) railway in 1890-1891. The
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central) 
A look at the history of the CPR bridge
June 22, 2016, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
This year marks an important milestone in the preservation of historic landmarks in our community. Twenty-five years ago, in 1991, Red Deer City council passed a bylaw designating the old Canadian Pacific Railway bridge across the Red Deer River as a municipal historic resource. The history of this important structure stretches back more than 100 years. When the Calgary-Edmonton Railway was constructed in 1890-1891, a timber bridge
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2015
 

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Heritage

Benalto train station receives funding
Nov. 26, 2015, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
A historic train station project in Benalto got a big boost from Red Deer County this week. Benalto Booster Club Society received $86,175 on Tuesday through the county's Rural Community Facility Capital Assistance Grants. In all, 16 different community halls and groups shared $250,000 in funding. Benalto Booster Club's share will be put towards the cost of adding a sewage system for its restored historic train station. The total cost of
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Capital budget

Get the lead out
Council to spend $3.7M to repair, repaint CPR bridge
Nov. 25, 2015, Red Deer Advocate (Crystal Rhyno)
The CPR bridge will be getting a paint job. Calling the bridge an environmental hazard, council approved $3.7 million in spending to remove the lead paint, give it a recoat and make repairs to the municipal historic resource in 2016 on Tuesday's capital budget debate. Council heard that lead from the paint on the supporting structure and steel trusses are flaking and falling into the river, potentially affecting the overall health of the river.
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Canadian Pacific Railway - General
Fire destroys part of historic Bassano train station
Sept. 28, 2015, Rockyview Weekly (Dustin Ruth)

The historic Bassano train station in Beiseker caught fire in the early morning hours of Sept. 18 and Beiseker RCMP are investigating it as suspicious. Sergeant Glen Demmon, detachment commander with Beiseker RCMP, said there was no power to the building at the time, but crews have yet to determine how the station caught fire. "We can't conclusively say whether (the fire) was set by a person or not at this time," he said. "It's
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle

CARTS Eyeing Mintlaw Bridge for Trans Canada Trail Leg
Between Red Deer & Springbrook

July 7, 2015, Radio News Broadcast - Sunny 94 FM website
Central Alberta Regional Trails Society is hoping both the County and City of Red Deer will partner with them to make a leg of the Trans Canada Trail System a reality between Red Deer and Springbrook. The Society has studied routes for the trail, with 4 options identified. CARTS President Paul Pettypiece says they are attracted to the Mintlaw Bridge option, which brings with it great potential for tourism "the Mintlaw Bridge is a 21
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
 
Mintlaw Bridge is worth preserving
July 7, 2015, Letter to the Editor - Innisfail Province (Daniel B. Craig)
I read Paul Pettypiece's commentary in the June 23 Innisfail Province. I wanted to write a letter to support Forth Junction's efforts to preserve and give new life to the Mintlaw Bridge. I think restoring the Mintlaw trestle and converting it to a trail would be really worthwhile. The Mintlaw viaduct is a historical structure that has been abandoned for the last 32 years. It is a spectacular structure with an interesting story. Ever since I was
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle

Mintlaw Trestle

Preservation opportunity should not be lost

June 23, 2015, Commentary - Innisfail Province (Paul Pettypiece)
Creating trail link to rail bridge an opportunity not to be lost

June 16, 2015, Letter to the Editor - Red Deer Advocate (Paul Pettypiece)

There are times in our history when the stars line up to create an unusual opportunity to do something special that future generations will cherish. This is one of those times. A few years ago, Red Deer County was gifted for $1 the relatively unknown, historic 644-metre-long Alberta Central Railway steel trestle across the Red Deer River just a few kilometres southwest of Red Deer along with the right of way from Hwy 2A to Benalto.
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2014

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - General
A look back at the Alberta Central Railway
Sept. 24, 2014, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe) 
This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the final chapters in the history of one of the grandest dreams, and greatest disappointments in Red Deer's history. The dream was the construction of a 'transcontinental' railway, centered in Red Deer, and extending from the Hudson Bay to the B.C. coast. When the last of the Alberta Central Railway was constructed in the summer of 1914, the line only consisted of a branch from (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Reflections of Ponoka
A road and a train station is where it all began
Feb. 5, 2014, Ponoka News (Mike Rainone)  
The early history of the development of this vibrant district is an exciting and colorful story, which all began in earnest in 1875 when construction on the rough and winding Edmonton-Calgary trail was completed, and then in 1891 when the first noisy work trains arrived at Siding 14 near the tiny Village of Ponoka. At the same time, settlers were already moving into the area to start a new life among the barren expanse of forest, rich (more)

2013

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Hanna society buys historic roundhouse
Dec. 12, 2013, Drumheller Mail (Pat Kolafa)
The Hanna Roundhouse is getting a new lease on life as it enters the next phase of its history. The Hanna Roundhouse Society has been working on finding a way to keep the landmark intact for future generations to enjoy. The biggest stumbling block it had however was the ownership of the icon. This September all of that changed. "We purchased the property on September 20," said Sandra Beaudoin who has been working on
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Penhold man remembers day of the trains
Elmo Johnson's love for the rails never ends after an illustrious four decade career  
Dec. 3, 2013, Innisfail Province (Sylvia Cole)
With more than 42 years of experience working at 30 different train stations, Elmo Johnson knows a thing or two about industry and has a passion to preserve the history. Johnson, 86, lives in Penhold but still holds the memories of his childhood and early career near and dear to his heart. Next year marks the centennial year for Benalto, a hamlet located west of Sylvan Lake and Johnson plans to be in attendance. What interests (more)
 
Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Alberta railway stations get new lease on life
Moving the old buildings was a challenge, and much renovation still needs to be done
Nov. 29, 2013, AGCanada (Johnnie Bachusky)
A trio of Alberta communities are welcoming back a pioneer symbol of hope and prosperity that gripped early settlers across the western landscape more than a century ago. Benalto, Beiseker and Scandia are restoring old Canadian Pacific train stations to their former glory. They hope the icons will revitalize their communities with additional public services and increased tourism dollars. The west-central Alberta hamlet of Benalto (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Arches mark influence of railroad on city
Oct. 19, 2013, Red Deer Advocate (Crystal Rhyno)
 
The Historic Arches project was unveiled at Centennial Plaza Park in Red Deer on Friday after nearly 20 years in the making. The nine-pillar arches near Alexander Way and 52nd Avenue celebrate the influence of transportation and the railways in the development of the city. Bill MacKay, president of the Central Alberta Historical Society, said the arches record the history of the railroad and its impact on the residents. (more)

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Big Plans for the Hanna Roundhouse
Oct. 17, 2013, Drumheller Online (Codi Bangay)
The Hanna Roundhouse Society has big plans for their recently acquired 1913 Canadian Northern Roundhouse. While entering the UFA Get'n'Give $50,000, the volunteers of the society are hoping to restore the century old building in order to create a Community Cultural Centre. President of the Hanna Roundhouse Society, Sandra Beaudoin, says "We are trying to restore this building for future generations to be able to appreciate and
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Hanna Roundhouse celebrates new beginnings 
Oct. 2, 2013, East Central Alberta Review (Katie Davis)
Everyone was doing the proverbial locomotion at the Hanna Roundhouse on Saturday, September 28 as the historical venue played host to an Open House to showcase it's new look. The 100 year old structure was recently acquired by the Hanna Roundhouse Society and has since been given a sprucing up in effort to promote and preserve this piece of history as one of the last roundhouses left in Canada. "The roundhouse is a (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Railway Days still chugging along to success  
Aug. 21, 2013, Wetaskiwin Times (Michael Chan)
All aboard! The annual Railway Day event was held at Alberta Central Railway Museum Aug. 18. The event is an opportunity for children and families to learn about history on the railways. It's also a chance for visitors to take a train ride around the site. The museum site features railway stations, railcars and a restored train. All of the restoration work on the vehicles at the museum was done by the Railway Day organizer Bill Wilson and his (more)

Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central)
Relic caboose gets new home
Railroad artifact has been filmed with Clint Eastwood and Brad Pitt
May 21, 2013, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
A century-old relic of Canadian rail history was hoisted up and gently swung into place at its new resting place on a farm near Eckville on Saturday. Once known simply as #78366, the caboose is now the prized possession of Ernie Beskowiney, who plans to turn it into the control booth for a scale rideable railroad he has envisioned for his land a few kilometres southeast of Eckville. The caboose was donated to him by the Canadian Northern (more)

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central) 
Rail link effort chugging along 
May 7, 2013, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
Efforts to build a rail link from Stettler to Donalda for historic rail tours keeps chugging along -- albeit a little slower than anticipated. "It's taking longer and costing more," summed up Norma Leslie, president of the East Central Alberta Heritage Society. It was once hoped that the last spikes would be driven in late 2011 for a 12-km stretch from Stettler to Red Willow. But unco-operative weather and the challenges of the job pushed (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto Train Station returned to hamlet after lengthy journey  
May 2, 2013, Sylvan Lake News (Stuart Fullarton)
More than 40 years after leaving, the Benalto Train Station finally returned home last Wednesday. "It's been a while coming, but now it's a reality," said Benalto resident Betty Nielsen, who remembers watching the station leave the hamlet in 1971. Nielsen was one of dozens of people who lined the streets of Benalto to witness the station's homecoming, which took place following its slow drive along Hwy. 11 from Red Deer. A number of (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Riders welcome train station home to Benalto 
April 25, 2013, Red Deer Advocate (Randy Fiedler) 
The return of the new beginning is how Dave More described the train station reappearing in Benalto Wednesday. "I'm elated. It's an amazing moment, a warm crowd and a beautiful day," the Red Deer County village's centennial committee co-chair said as the station rolled down Benalto's main street led by Shadow Riders 4-H Club mounted members. "Benalto began as a railway town and the station was the reason the town is here." Garett and
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Stettler elevator restoration project underway 
April 23, 2013, Red Deer Advocate
The campaign to re-side and paint Stettler's grain elevator is underway. The Stettler P&H Elevator Preservation Society kicked off the fundraising drive with a live Louisiana Hayride music impersonators show on Saturday netting the non-profit organization about $2,000. "Every penny helps," said president Stan Eichhorn of the society's efforts to match the province's $60,000 Community Facility Enhancement Program grant for the
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Big Valley station banks on restored roof 
April 3, 2013, Stettler Independent (Les Stulberg)
The Big Valley railroad station is sporting a new cedar shingle roof -- an effort to preserve the century-old building for the generations to come. Rich Graydon, a volunteer with the Canadian Northern Society, which co-ordinated the project, said the group continually strives to preserve the historical buildings and "keep them original." Work is now being done on the building's interior to repair damage that a leaking roof caused. (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station

Benalto station move delayed 
County approvals needed
March 22, 2013, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
Benalto's former train station will have to wait a little longer before making the journey home. Originally, the historic train station was to be loaded on a flatbed early next week and hauled from the Burnt Lake area just west of Red Deer. But it has taken more time than expected to line up the necessary Red Deer County approvals, said Dave More, co-chairman of the Benalto Booster Club and Centennial Committee. The
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Benalto train station to return home after 42-year absence 
Feb. 21, 2013, Sylvan Lake News (Stuart Fullarton)   
After more than four decades of absence, the historic Benalto Train Station is set to make a return to the hamlet this spring. The train station was transformed into a private residence after being removed from Benalto in 1971, and is currently situated in Red Deer County. Its owners, Garett and Brenda Cupples, are now donating it back to Benalto, just in time for the hamlet's centennial celebrations next year. "We couldn't destroy or
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto station
Former Benalto train station donated back to community 
in time for centennial
Feb. 13, 2013, Red Deer Advocate (Murray Crawford) 
After being hauled away from Benalto more than 40 years ago, the hamlet's former train station is about to move back home. Garett and Brenda Cupples and family have donated the station, which now sits on their property in Red Deer County, back to its hometown -- just in time for Benalto's centennial celebration in 2014. Dave More, Benalto Booster Club and Centennial Committee chair, said the plan is to move it back to the hamlet and
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2012

 
Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Blog

All Aboard! Big Valley Canadian Northern Railway Station Celebrates 100 Years
Sept. 13, 2012, Alberta RETROactive, Blogging Alberta Historic Places (Dorothy Field)
At one time, more than 800 communities in Alberta had a train station. This is no longer the case. Fewer than 10% of Alberta's train stations remain today, and even fewer continue to serve their original purpose. The Canadian Northern Railway Station at Big Valley - designated a Provincial Historical Resource in 2005 - is one of those few. Train excursions run regularly from Stettler to Big Valley, often with the mighty 6060 Steam (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Railway Day promises fun for the whole family 
Aug. 15, 2012, Ponoka News (Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye)
Old trains seem to strike the imagination of just about every child; pulling the cable and announcing a train in departure is probably on their bucket list of things to do in life. They just might be able to fulfill that dream at Alberta Central Railway Museum Aug. 19. The museum will host its annual Railway Day with a range of activities and rides for the entire family, explained operations manager Bill Wilson. "We try to keep it family-oriented.
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Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (CNR Central)
The Village of Mirror turns 100
July 25, 2012, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
This year marks the centennial of one of the most unique and interesting communities in Central Alberta. On July 27, 1912, the Village of Mirror was officially incorporated. The history of the community goes back much farther than 100 years. In the 1860s and 1870s, semi-permanent Metis buffalo hunter settlements had formed in the Buffalo Lake district at Boss Hill and Tail Creek. At one time, these localities had 3,000 residents, which (more)

Canadian Pacific Railway - General
Historic train station relocated to Beiseker 
July 23, 2012, Rockyview Weekly (Dawn Smith)
After more than two years of effort, Beiseker is the new home of an historic train station. The circa 1911 station, which is 162 feet long by 31 feet wide, was moved about 156 kilometres on July 19 from its previous home in Bassano, where it had fallen into disrepair. The 100-year-old building now rests on the west side of Beiseker at the Rail Museum site awaiting restoration and a future life as a museum. "This is one of the (more)

Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central)
Slag piles give Nordegg mine an historic edge 
May 8, 2012, Red Deer Advocate (Jessica Jones)
Nordegg today is in major contrast to the days when railroads used coal-burning steam locomotives, and the bustling town held 3,500 residents and 1,100 miners. On Hwy 11, a little over 170 km west of Red Deer, the once energetic town of Nordegg is now a small hamlet with intriguing weathered buildings and an idle 79-acre coal mining site. It has a population of between 150 and 200. In 1955, with locomotives fast shifting over to oil (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
Red Deer County seeks partners to afford bridge access
April 17, 2012, Mountain View Gazette (Sylvia Cole)
Future work on the Mintlaw Bridge will require funding from other associations, council heard last Tuesday. The bridge, purchased by Red Deer County for $1, has since had $205,000 invested in it for rehabilitation work while new estimates peg opening it up to pedestrian traffic as much as $3.2 million. Currently no one is allowed on or across the bridge which would link to part of a regional trail system connecting from Highway 2A to (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
Mintlaw
County council looks at bridge as tourist attraction 

April 11, 2012, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
A former rail bridge across the Red Deer River is well suited as a scenic walkway, but the millions of dollars to make it happen must come from elsewhere, Red Deer County council agreed on Tuesday. Council voted in favour of accepting the recommendation of consultants to convert the former Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. span into a tourist attraction and link to walking trails, complete with viewing platforms and parking areas. The cost of
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
Plans for Mintlaw Bridge waiting on public feedback 
Feb. 7, 2012, Mountain View Gazette (Sylvia Cole) 
Red Deer County is still collecting feedback from the public to determine what to do with a 100-year-old bridge purchased by council in 2010. Purchased for $1, the county has since invested $205,000 for rehabilitation work on the Mintlaw Bridge, built originally for the Alberta Central Railway that later became part of the Canadian Pacific Railway. A public open house was held Jan. 25 to garner feedback on the county's draft bridge
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2011

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
CP's heritage train rolls through region  
ticket sales go to Children's Wish Foundation
Aug. 2, 2011, Mountain View Gazette (Johnnie Bachusky) 
Railway enthusiasts should be feeling a boost this week as Canadian Pacific's Heritage Train was scheduled to roll through the region as part of the second annual drive to support the Children's Wish Foundation (CWF). The original plan for CP Train Ride 2011 was to have the historic 2816 Empress steam engine stop in Didsbury on July 29 but due to "unforeseen circumstances" that plan was abandoned. However, CP was slated to send its
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Track for historic railway tours likely to be done by late summer 
June 17, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
The final spikes will be driven late this summer on a 12-km stretch of new track for historic rail tours between Stettler and Red Willow. East Central Alberta Heritage Society is leading the $3.3 million project to restore an abandoned rail line on the east side of Hwy 56 north of Stettler that was ripped out for scrap in 1997. When complete, the society hopes to lay about 25 km of new rails all the way to Donalda. Society member
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
An early community landmark - the Michener Fountain 
June 15, 2011, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe) 
Over the past century, Red Deer has sported several beautiful historic buildings and notable landmarks. Unfortunately, many of these structures and objects have been demolished and/or sent to the local landfill. One beautiful community landmark, which was literally saved from the scrap heap, was the Michener Fountain. It used to be located in the centre of the old C.P.R. Station Park on the west end of Ross St. along 51 Ave. (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
Opposition comes forward to Mintlaw Bridge preservation 
May 17, 2011, Mountain View Gazette (Johnnie Bachusky) 
Red Deer County has hired a consultant to study the possible future uses for the historically significant Mintlaw trestle bridge -- but one of the municipality's most famous citizens is dead set against making the ancient structure a promoted public attraction for a new park area. "I'm still opposed to making it a public park. It's not set up to be a recreation park," said Jack Donald, whose home is literally situated in the shadow of the
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle 
Reinforcing our history    
March 8, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)
For nearly a century the Mintlaw Bridge has loomed over the Red Deer River, the coal black trestle one of our few remaining connections to the age of steam. Besides being an impressive piece of railway engineering, the former Alberta Central Railway, and later, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. span is a historical treasure and the second longest bridge of its kind in Alberta. But time and the elements had taken their toll, and that's
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
Repairs planned for crumbling CPR bridge 
Feb. 3, 2011, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
Work will begin before the spring thaw to repair a near-century-old rail bridge in Red Deer County. A $121,800 contract to repair a rotting support pier on the former Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. span across the Red Deer River has been awarded to Timcon Construction (1988) Ltd., said Evan Bedford, the county's engineering co-ordinator. The construction firm wants to begin work to replace the pier while the ground is still frozen and
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Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central)
A look at the Canadian Northern Railway 
Jan. 12, 2011, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe) 
The origins of the Canadian Northern Railway (later Canadian National) in Red Deer go back to 1908 when coalfields were discovered in the foothills, west of Rocky Mountain House. A group of German investors created Brazeau Colleries and teamed up with Mackenzie and Mann of the Canadian Northern Railway to exploit this rich discovery. Mackenzie and Mann were in a great rush to get started. They filed a route map with the (more)

2010

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
RD County antes up for Mintlaw Bridge repairs 
Nov. 16, 2010, Mountain View Gazette (Sylvia Cole) 
Red Deer County council approved spending $350,000 to rehabilitate the west end of the Mintlaw Bridge after a report said the wooden structure is slowly rotting and piers are beginning to collapse. The county purchased the bridge from Canadian Pacific Railway for $1 last December. A bridge valuation report shows the girder on the west has sunk two feet. Engineers speculate if the girder falls any further it may put enough pressure on
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle 
Rotting bridge will undergo $350,000 repair
Bridging gap between history and disrepair 

Nov. 10, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
Red Deer County moves to repair historic train trestle with $350,000; Bridge could eventually be part of trail network. A rotting historic bridge in Red Deer County will get a repair job. County council unanimously approved spending up to $350,000 on the 98-year-old Mintlaw Bridge, a former Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. span across the Red Deer River, about eight km southwest of the City of Red Deer. Evan Bedford, the county's engineering co-ordinator, said on Tuesday that the east and west approach piers on the bridge are rotting away. (more)

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Rail being laid for heritage line 
Sept. 2, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley)  
Work has begun on a project to lay 12 kilometres of track from Stettler to Red Willow for use by historic rail tours and to boost tourism. Grading is nearly complete along the abandoned rail line north of Stettler that will be used to extend rail tours north to the small hamlet of a few dozen people. Once the gravel has been laid, the tracks will be laid, a project expected to be completed by the end of March. The project is being led by (more)

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
6060 turns 66
Sept. 1, 2010, Red Deer Express (Johnnie Bachusky)
For half a century train engineer Harry Home had dedicated his life to preserving one of the last steam engines ever built in Canada. Today Canadian National 6060 is restored and thundering along majestically on the rails in Central Alberta. There is nothing more rewarding and exciting for Harry Home when he puts his hand on the throttle to take Canadian National 6060 for a ride. The pure elation he feels at the controls has been with him for more than 70 years since the day his father, a CN engineer, let him have the throttle on steam engine CN (more)

Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central) 
Rail relocation project a first in Western Canada 
June 7, 2010, Red Deer Advocate Report on Central Alberta (Michael Dawe) 
There is a great deal of discussion these days about the future plans for the Riverlands district on the western side of the downtown area. Much of this land had been opened up for redevelopment because of the Canadian Pacific Railway relocation project in the early 1990s and the more recent move of the City Yards. What is often forgotten, however, is that 50 years ago, Red Deer undertook the first major railroad relocation project in (more)

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Stettler group wants to convert grain elevator into museum 
May 14, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Brenda Kossowan) 
Efforts are underway to create a railway museum out of a retired grain elevator located in Stettler, right across the tracks from the town's most popular tourist attraction. The former Parrish and Heimbecker grain elevator, feed mill and assorted outbuildings were mothballed in 2003 and then put up for sale. Local farmer Stan Eichhorn couldn't stomach the idea of losing one of the town's last remaining elevators -- so he bought it for the (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
New exhibits call Historical Village home 
May 10, 2010, Innisfail Province (Michaela Ludwig) 
Two new exhibits at the Innisfail Historical Village tell more about Innisfail's founding years. As a 40-year anniversary project, the Innisfail and District Historical Society set about restoring the Village's Bowden CP Rail station. And through the doors of that old station, visitors will find several displays depicting Innisfail in its early years and what the railroad meant to central Alberta. Scaled-down model trains chug along the tracks and (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
'Sleeper' village grand opening set 
May 10, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
Innisfail Historical Village has been a bit of a sleeper among Central Alberta attractions. Curator Dean Jorden and other members of the Innisfail and District Historical Society plans to use their 40th anniversary celebrations to change that. To draw more people to the society's impressive collection of historic buildings, vehicles, equipment and other artifacts in the middle of Innisfail, a project to restore the 1904 Bowden CPR rail station has (more)

Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Train track wanted 
Heritage Society wants to purchase used railway track
May 6, 2010, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
Wanted: 50 km of used railway track. East Central Alberta Heritage Society's fundraising efforts to restore a line from Stettler to Donalda are chugging right along, but finding track is another matter. "I guess our biggest problem right now is finding rail that we can salvage," said society administrator Bruce Gartside. "We need to run rail for 20 miles, which means acquiring probably about 30 miles of rail . . ." said the Donalda resident, (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central), Alberta Central Railway (CPR), Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central)
Region celebrating century of railroad heritage
March 31, 2010, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
One hundred years ago, in 1910, Red Deer enjoyed one of the strongest booms in its history. A significant factor in that boom was an enormous amount of railroad construction and development, involving three different railway companies. Probably the most important boost to the local economy came with the decision of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to make Red Deer the major divisional point on the Calgary-Edmonton line. Some
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Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
Mintlaw Bridge essential to region's railroad heritage 
March 3, 2010, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe) 
Central Alberta is very rich in railroad history. Most of the communities in this region began as townsites or sidings on a rail line. One of the most spectacular heritage railroad landmarks is the huge Alberta Central Railway (ACR) bridge across the Red Deer River, southwest of the city, near the old railroad hamlet/siding of Mintlaw. The origins of the Alberta Central go back to May 1901 when a charter was granted by the federal (more)

2009

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
County buys historic railway bridge                                              
Dec. 30, 2009, Red Deer Express (Erin Fawcett)
Red Deer County has agreed to purchase the Mintlaw Bridge from the Canadian Pacific Railway for $1. The bridge, which spans 2,112 feet across the Red Deer River valley with the trestles rising 110 feet above the main pier, is located about 7 kms southwest of the City of Red Deer. The bridge is the second longest railway bridge in Alberta.* The only other bridge that is larger is located in Lethbridge.* "If we didn't buy this bridge then it (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
County buys a bridge for a buck 
Old CPR Trestle over Red Deer River a Heritage Site
Dec. 23, 2009, Red Deer Advocate (Brenda Kossowan)
An enormous relic from what used to be the Alberta Central Railway is set to get a new owner. Located just off of the C&E Trail southwest of Red Deer, the Mintlaw Bridge spans the Red Deer River adjacent to acreage subdivisions west of Springbrook and the Red Deer Regional Airport. On Tuesday, Red Deer County council agreed unanimously to buy the 97-year-old bridge for $1 and issue a tax receipt for $8.8 million to its current
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Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
Major funding will restore old rail line to Donalda 
Oct. 1, 2009, Stettler Independent (Richard Froese) 
A plan to restore an old railway line linking Stettler and Donalda has received a major funding grant of over $3.2 million. East Central Alberta Heritage Society was authorized funding of almost $3.9 million, said society chair Norma Leslie, from the federal Community Adjustment Fund through Canadian Badlands for two projects with a focus to redevelop and enhance the region's rural communities and their local tourism industry by the
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Help add a little history to the Arches project 
Sept. 19, 2009, Red Deer Advocate (Paul Cowley) 
The Central Alberta Historical Society is looking for help on a major downtown project to honour the city's past. Eight arches are in place at Centennial Park Plaza and the final phase of the roughly $240,000 project involves the placement of 27 plaques on the nine pillars supporting the arches that surround a historic fountain. Sheila Bannerman, president of the historical society, said constructing the arches in the new park at 48th St
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Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Whistle sounds on railway season 
Sept. 7, 2009, Wetaskiwin Times (Vince Burke)
The steady sound of a train rumbling down the track, a lonesome whistle blowing and smoke reaching skyward, all are fading away for another season. At least that is the case as the summer season came to an end this past weekend at the Alberta Central Railway Museum. The Museum which houses antique railway equipment, engine and CPR passenger trains wrapped up a busy summer of events. Although events such as Railway Day,
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Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central)
Rotary Recreation Park area a jewel in heart of city  
Aug. 26, 2009, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)  
A week ago on Aug. 19, there was a public open house to discuss a new concept plan for the Rotary Recreation Park and the parkland areas on the southern edge of the Red Deer Valley. The preliminary concepts and designs, presented by Group 2 Architecture Engineering Ltd. and Michael von Hausen Urban Planning and Design Inc., included a number of interesting historical elements. That is not surprising as the park and recreational (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
CPR Station Park once shining jewel of Red Deer
June 24, 2009, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of the City Parks Department. However, while a formal Parks Department commenced with the donation of the six-acre Gaetz Park along the Red Deer River, there were two public parks space created before 1909. In 1901, the newly-formed Red Deer Town Council created a town square where City Hall Park is now located. However, this was meant to be a public assembly area and (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Right on track:
Alberta Central Train Museum celebrates 17th anniversary 

June 10, 2009, Wetaskiwin Times (Vince Burke)
The sound of a train engine being fired up excited the visitors as they readied themselves for a trip back in time. The Alberta Central Railway Museum attracted a steady stream of people, young and old, to check out its exhibits of Central Alberta's railway history and take a ride on an old passenger train. It was all part of the museum's 17th anniversary celebration June 7. "It has been 17 years since we opened in 1992, and every (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
Canadian Pacific Railway Bridge now 100 years old
June 8, 2009, Red Deer Advocate 'Report on Central Alberta' (Michael Dawe)
This year marks the centennial of one of Red Deer's most well-used landmarks. It is the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railroad bridge. It was an important transportation link over the Red Deer River and now serves as a heavily used pedestrian bridge between Riverside Meadows and downtown Red Deer.
When the Calgary-Edmonton Railway was constructed in 1890-1891, a timber bridge was constructed
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2008


Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - General
Historic significance of concrete obelisk preserved in mural 
Oct. 24, 2008, Red Deer Advocate (Brenda Kossowan) 
Signs marking the sole remnant of the best little railroad that never was were to be unveiled today. A chubby concrete obelisk that looks oddly out of place at its site alongside Taylor Drive, west of the Capri Centre, the bridge abutment is all that remains of a group of Red Deer and Ontario business owners' plans to build a Western Canada railway network. Backed by Red Deer MLA John T. Moore (Liberal), the Alberta Central Railway got (more)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - General 
The origins of Alberta Central Rail Pillar 
April 23, 2008, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
One of the most unique historic landmarks in Red Deer is the solitary bridge pillar which stands along Taylor Dr., halfway between the intersections with 32 and 43 Sts. It is a reminder of a very ambitious venture from the years before the First World War. That was the Alberta Central Railway, a largely local attempt to build a "transcontinental" rail line across Western Canada. The origins of the Alberta Central go back to May 1901 (more)

2007

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central) 
The history of Red Deer's CPR Station 
April 18, 2007, Red Deer Express (Michael Dawe)
One of the most important public buildings in Red Deer for many years, and an architectural jewel in downtown Red Deer, is the old Canadian Pacific Railway station. Situated on the west end of Ross St., Red Deer's main east-west thoroughfare, the building is a true landmark. When the Calgary-Edmonton Railway was first built in 1890-1891 and the townsite of Red Deer was created, the company built a small railroad station in less (more)
 
Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - General
1910
Alberta Central Railway helped open region
March 28, 2007, Red Deer Advocate '100 Years Vol. 1' (Michael Dawe)
On Aug. 10, 1910, the prime minister of Canada, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, came to Red Deer and drove the first spike for the Alberta Central Railway. The event was significant not only because it was part of the first major visit to Red Deer by a Canadian prime minister. It also represented the start of a major development for Central Alberta. The origins of the Alberta Central went back to May 1901, when a charter was granted by the federal (more)

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central) 

1907
Red Deer becomes a divisional point for CPR
March 28, 2007, Red Deer Advocate '100 Years Vol. 1' (Michael Dawe)
Sometimes major news stories do not get a lot of attention, at least not at first. On Dec. 14, 1906, the Advocate printed a two-inch story on the front page which stated "the action of the Canadian Pacific Railway in asking the Town Council last evening for rates on an estimated water supply need of 100,000 to 200,000 (gallons) per day indicates that the Company contemplates extensive improvement and enlargement at
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Pre-2007

Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central) 
A new face for the old station 
July 14, 1996, Red Deer Life (Ryan Cromb) 
If you walked into Red Deer's old CPR train station a year ago, there would have been plaster falling off the ceiling, rotten linoleum and plywood underfoot, and bits of two-by-fours scattered everywhere. "We had to gut it," says architect John Murray, who along with Altvater and Co. law firm bought the building last year to house their offices. "We would have liked to have preserved the whole inside, but it was such a mess. For 60 or (more)

Complete rail heritage news articles by theme:
    Calgary & Edmonton Railway (CPR Central)
             Historic bridge in need of more work (2016/10/21)
             A look at the history of Riverlands (2016/08/03)
             A look at the history of the CPR bridge (2016/06/22)
             Get the lead out - Council to spend $3.7M to repair, repaint CPR bridge (2015/11/25)
             Reflections of Ponoka - A road and a train station is where it all began (2014/02/05)
             Penhold man remembers day of the trains (2013/12/03)
             Arches mark influence of railroad on city (2013/10/19)
             Railway Days still chugging along to success (2013/08/21)
             Railway Day promises fun for the whole family (2012/08/15)
             CP's heritage train rolls through region (2011/08/11)

             An early community landmark - the Michener Fountain (2011/06/15)
             New exhibits call Historical Village home (2010/05/10)
             'Sleeper' village grand opening set (2010/05/10)
             Help add a little history to the Arches project (2009/09/19)
             Whistle sounds on railway season (2009/09/07)
             Alberta Central Train Museum celebrates 17th anniversary (2009/06/10)
             A new face for the old station (1996/07/14)

    Canadian Pacific Railway - General
             Fire destroys part of historic Bassano train station (2015/09/28)
             Historic train station relocated to Beiseker (2012/07/23)

    Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - General
             Fight to save grain elevator (2017/01/19)
             A look back at the Alberta Central Railway (2014/09/24)
             Historic significance of concrete obelisk preserved in mural (2008/10/24)
             The origins of Alberta Central Rail Pillar (2008/04/23)

    Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Mintlaw Trestle
             CARTS eyeing Mintlaw Bridge for Trans Canada Trail leg between Red Deer and Springbrook (2015/07/07)
             Mintlaw Bridge is worth preserving (2015/07/07)
             Creating trail link to rail bridge an opportunity not be lost (2015/06/16)
             Red Deer County seeks partners to afford bridge access (2012/04/17)
             County council looks at bridge as tourist attraction (2012/04/11)

             Plans for Mintlaw Bridge waiting on public feedback (2012/04/07)
             Opposition comes forward to Mintlaw Bridge preservation (2011/05/17)
             Reinforcing our history (2011/03/08)
             Repairs planned for crumbling CPR bridge (2011/02/03)
             RD County antes up for Mintlaw Bridge repairs (2010/11/16)
             Bridging gap between history and disrepair (2010/11/10)
             Mintlaw Bridge essential to region's railroad heritage (2010/03/03)
             County buys historic railway bridge (2009/12/30)
             County buys a bridge for a buck (2009/12/23)

    Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Benalto Station
             Benalto's train station sees new life as community hub (2019/10/01) - Sylvan Lake News
             Benalto Centennial Station to celebrate grand opening (2019/09/28) - Red Deer Advocate
             Donald Family gives special gift to the Benalto train station (2017/09/18) - RDNewsNow
             Old Benalto train station gets $30,000 (2017/09/15) - Red Deer Advocate
             Benalto train station restoration project receives large donation (2017/09/15) - Eckville Echo
             County approves funding for Benalto Train Station (2017/07) - Red Deer County News
             Benalto train station revival on track with $75,000 grant from Red Deer County (2017/06/26) - Eckville Echo
             Benalto Train Station nearly done, Red Deer County grants $75,000 (2017/06/07) - Lacombe Online
             County chips in $75,000 for project (2017/06/07) - Red Deer Advocate
             Artist donating work to train station fundraiser (2017/04/14) - Red Deer Advocate
             Benalto train station receives funding (2015/11/26) - Red Deer Advocate
             Alberta railway stations get new lease on life (2013/11/29) - AGCanada (Bachusky)
             Benalto train station returned to hamlet after lengthy journey (2013/05/02) - Sylvan Lake News
             Riders welcome train station home to Benalto (2013/04/25) - Red Deer Advocate
             Benalto station move delayed (2013/03/22) - Red Deer Advocate
             Benalto train station to return home after 42-year absence (2013/02/21) - Sylvan Lake News
             Former Benalto train station donated back to community (2013/02/13) - Red Deer Advocate

    Canadian Northern Western Railway (CNR Central)
             Origins of CNR in Red Deer go back to 1910-11 (2019/08/20)
             A history of the C.N.R. Bridge (2018/03/21)
             Relic caboose gets new home (2013/05/21)
             Slag piles give Nordegg mine an historic edge (2012/05/08)
             A look at the Canadian Northern Railway (2011/01/12)
             Rail relocation project a first in Western Canada (2010/06/07)
             Rotary Recreation Park area a jewel in heart of city (2009/08/26)

    Canadian Northern Railway (CNR East Central)
             Locomotive lovers continue to build up a head of steam (2019/05/04)   
             All Aboard - Stettler's Polar Express offering round trips to the North Pole (2016/12/13)
             Alberta Prairie Railway to whisk riders away on The Polar Express (2016/11/15)
             Over 1K visitors at Alberta Prairie Railway's pumpkin patch (2016/10/19)
             Volunteers laying track for new route (2016/08/31)
             Hanna society buys historic roundhouse (2013/12/12)
             Big plans for the Hanna Roundhouse (2013/10/17)
             Hanna Roundhouse celebrates new beginnings (2013/10/02)
             Rail link effort chugging along (2013/05/07)
             Stettler elevator restoration project underway (2013/04/23)
             Big Valley station banks on restored roof (2013/04/03)
             All Aboard! Big Valley Canadian Northern Railway Station celebrates 100 years (2012/09/13)
             Track for historic railway tours likely to be done by late summer (2011/06/17)

             Rail being laid for heritage line (2010/09/02)
             6060 turns 66 (2010/09/01)
             Stettler group wants to convert grain elevator into museum (2010/05/14)
             Train track wanted (2010/05/06)
             Major funding will restore old rail line to Donalda (2009/10/01)


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