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The beginnings of a regional distribution centre

1890-92 --
the original wooden truss bridge over the Red Deer RiverBy the summer of 1891, the Calgary and Edmonton Railway is completed between the two fledgling major cities and by 1892, the new community of Red Deer is starting to come alive.


A new Red Deer townsite develops with arrival of the railwayAn agreement between James Ross and Rev. Leonard Gaetz in early 1890 had created a new townsite on the Gaetz property;
one of the earliest trains along the Calgary-Edmonton RailwayThe building of the Calgary-Edmonton Railway (now Canadian Pacific) determined the location of several communities along the way, including Red Deer, Penhold, Innisfail, Bowden, Olds, Blackfalds, Lacombe, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin. Most of the communities were even named by the railway.


It marked the end of 'The Crossing' settlement where Fort Normandeau is today and the stagecoach along the Calgary-Edmonton Trail was no longer viable with the trip between the two centres by train taking 12 hours compared to the 4 days by stagecoach.


1892 - The beginning of a regional centre    1913 - The headiness of rapid expansion    1939 - The glory days of passenger service
1955 - A year of transition and change     1986 - Modernization and rail relocation     Future - High speed rail and regional transit
Innisfail Historical Model Rail Exhibit         Historic Model Railway Concept         World-Class Model Rail Museums

Forth Junction Transpo Park      Western Canada Transpo Centre      Historical Miniature Rail Museum      Railway Station Heritage Resort
Trails, Rails, Transit Heritage Centre      An Opportunity for Boldness       A Time to Think Big and Bold

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