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Forth Junction Project
Future Re-creation of
Calgary & Edmonton
Railway Museum

 
Forth Junction Project Vision Sharing Historical Perspective Ground Transportation
Heritage Preservation
Forth Junction
Heritage Society


Plan for the Re-Creation of the Calgary & Edmonton Railway Museum

Red Deer combination station 1891Once the Forth Junction Heritage Society secures land for the proposed rail park, the next priority is to construct a replication of the 1891 Calgary & Edmonton Railway (now CPR) wood combination station and freight house, to store and exhibit the recently-acquired collection of railway artifacts gifted to us by the Junior League of Edmonton from the now-closed Calgary and Edmonton Railway Station Museum in south Edmonton.

Ten of these virtually identical stations were built during the summer of 1891 at approximately 18 mile intervals between Calgary and Edmonton. They were constructed at Airdrie, Carstairs, Olds, Innisfail, Red Deer, Lacombe, Ponoka, Wetaskiwin, Leduc, Strathcona (south Edmonton). A handful of similar stations were also built south of Calgary.
 
Most of these stations were replaced by larger and newer structures but some remained in service until the 1960s. Several were modified as needs and functions evolved with relocated windows, doors and chimneys. Some had additions for freight, express and living quarters. None have been preserved.
 
Innisfail CPR station 1890sIt is anticipated that the Red Deer generic version of 1891 will be replicated for the Calgary & Edmonton Railway Museum and later the Innisfail version that had been modified by the end of the 1890s will be replicated for use as a C&E Railway research and archive facility as well as a meeting room.
 
When the Red Deer station was replaced in 1910, it was relocated, expanded and used as a freight house. A replication of this expanded freight house structure may also be replicated at a later date to house a portion of a historical miniature world model rail exhibit and also function as a workshop for additional miniature world exhibits.


Gifted Artifacts from former Calgary & Edmonton Station Museum

 
The Forth Junction Heritage Society plans to replicate the original 1891 combination railway station to house its current collection of artifacts.
 
former C&ER museum 1
Now-closed C&E Railway Station Museum in south Edmonton
Most of these artifacts and materials were gifted to the Society by the Junior League of Edmonton, operators of the former Calgary & Edmonton (1891) Station Museum in Strathcona, which was, in itself, a replication of the original 1891 station. They were originally acquired to display and preserve in its 1981 replication of the original C & E combination station
 
former C&ER museum 2
The Collection is illustrative of significant events, techniques, personalities and surroundings in the history of the Calgary & Edmonton station, the railway and the telegraph, concentrating on the period of 1891 to 1907.

 

former C&ER museum 3The Forth Junction Heritage Society intends to expand the research and interpretation of the C & E Railway as well as to replicate a few versions of the original station.

 

This collection includes about 60 transportation items (mostly railway-related including a station-mounted semaphore signal), several pieces of furniture and office equipment (including 4 8-foot benches), 2 wall clocks, wood burning stove, 12 pieces of telegraph equipment, 55 historic photographs, 31 articles of clothing, books, domestic pieces and 3 large display cases.


See: A comprehensive guide to the Calgary & Edmonton Railway 1891 Combination Station and Freight House -
 'Mackenzie and Mann influenced the design of Central Alberta's first railway stations'

See: 'A Study in Railway Architecture' - a planned series of railway station replications

See: History of 'The Calgary & Edmonton Railway'

 

 
A big thank you to
 


for the gifting of the 200+ item collection of the now-closed
Calgary & Edmonton Railway Station Museum
to the Forth Junction Heritage Society in September 2018


This collection will be carefully stored until the Society can find or build a facility to exhibit and interpret the artifacts and the history of the Calgary & Edmonton Railway (1890 to 1907) in an appealing way as part of a transportation-themed group of attractions in a family-oriented rail park
in the immediate Red Deer area.
 
Transportation from Edmonton and storage in the Red Deer area has been made possible by a Culture Opportunities Grant from the City of Red Deer.
 


 

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