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  (updated Mar. 2022)

Photo descriptions and credits at bottom of page.

Canadian Northern Stettler station at museum - Pettypiece

The railway station was the hub of the communities of Western Canada for several decades. Some communities had more than one station if served by more than one railroad. Those communities included Red Deer, Sylvan Lake, Eckville, Stettler, Camrose and Alix. The station at Rocky Mountain House was shared by two railroads. The following are some Central Alberta communities that had more than one station.
For more on communities with stations, see: Railway Stations of Central Alberta
Red Deer
Red Deer CPR station streetside 1987 - Pettypiece
CPR Red Deer - The first station in Red Deer, built by the Calgary & Edmonton Railway in 1891, was a wood combination station similar to others along the C&E Railway including Innisfail, Olds and Ponoka as well as the first stations in Lacombe and Wetaskiwin.
Red Deer CPR station trackside 1985 - PettypieceAs a result of the Canadian Pacific Railway (which leased the C&E Railway) determining in 1908 that Red Deer would become the divisional point, the station that still stands at the end of Ross Street today was built in 1910 to replace the original wood frame station. The new large and impressive brick station (similar in design to the one in Lethbridge) could easily be seen by the commercial centre of the community. The following year, an addition was constructed on the south end of the station. The original station was moved south, refurbished and used as a freight house until it was torn down in 1965. Major renovations occurred to the station in 1969. Passenger service ended in 1985 after 94 years. The station was closed in 1991 when the rail yards were relocated to the west side of city. The station was restored in 1996, designated a historic site and is now used for offices.
ACR station Red Deer now used as residence - PettypieceACR Red Deer
- In 1911, the Red Deer-based Alberta Central Railway, with a vision of becoming part of a transcontinental system, had built a station and yards in what is now Mountview. A small station and yards were built near where the current Mountview School is located behind the fire hall on 32 Street. Canadian Pacific had no interest in extending the originally planned eastern leg of the railway when it took over operations of the ACR and the tracks to the Mountview station and yards were torn out east of the north-south main line in 1913.
CNR station Red Deer 1955 - Red Deer ArchivesCNR Red Deer
- In 1923, the newly-formed Canadian National Railway built a station (similar to, but a unique variant of a Canadian National Railways third class design) where the Co-op Plaza shopping mall is now located. It replaced a temporary station built by the Canadian Northern Western Railway in 1920 when a bridge was built over the Red Deer River near the mouth of Waskasoo Creek. The railway abandoned the river crossing in 1941 but continued service to its city station grounds via a connection to the Canadian Pacific along the present site of the museum, downtown Safeway store and Red Deer Lodge. The last steam locomotive heading the last passenger train to the Red Deer station marked its closure in 1955. The station was sold and demolished in 1960 when the yards were relocated to the north side of the river and land redeveloped for the Co-op Shopping Centre. Black and white photos indicate a change of paint scheme in 1955 from white/grey with green trim to oxide red with cream trim.

Sylvan Lake
CNR station Sylvan Lake c1940 - Sylvan Lake ArchivesACR/CPR Sylvan Lake
- original portable station built in 1912 replaced by CPR Standard #14A in 1924 (similar to Benalto, Hobbema, Bentley and Stettler stations); sold 1969
CNR Sylvan Lake - Canadian Northern 3rd class station built 1913; demolished or removed

CPR Stettler
- original station built 1905 (CPR Standard #5); destroyed by fire 1925; new station built 1925 (CPR Standard #14A similar to Sylvan Lake, Benalto, Bentley and Hobbema stations); retired 1968; demolished
CNR Stettler
- built 1911 (CNor Second class); relocated a few blocks and restored at Town & Country Museum Stettler

CPR station Alix 1910 - Glenbow Archives/Peels PostcardsAlix had, for 10 years, three active stations as the small community was served first by the Canadian Pacific Railway, then by the Canadian Northern and the Grand Trunk Pacific, the last two railways later becoming part of the Canadian National system.

The east-west CPR arrived in Alix in 1905 and the community was served by a temporary station until a new Standard #5 station was built in 1910. When the north-south Grand Trunk Pacific arrived in 1911, it crossed the CPR at grade.

The Canadian Northern depot (3rd class built 1912, abandoned 1922) was on the Brazeau subdivision when crews were based at Big Valley. The station was moved to the GTP station grounds in 1927 for use as the Canadian National station on the north-south former GTP line when crews for the Brazeau subdivsion were relocated to Mirror. The former GTP depot (Type E built 1911) was converted into a section house in 1927 and was later removed. The CPR station was demolished in 1958 and the CNR station was demolished in 1975.

Camrose (coming soon)

Photo descriptions and credits:
Header: Red Deer CPR 1910 station, park and C&ER 1891 combination station as freight house 1911
     (Red Deer Archives P3202);
Stettler 1911 Canadian Northern 2nd class station (Paul Pettypiece 2010);
Red Deer CPR 1910 station streetside (Paul Pettypiece 1987);
Red Deer CPR 1910 station trackside (Paul Pettypiece 1985);
former relocated never-used 1911 Alberta Central Railway station as current residence (Paul Pettypiece 2009);
Red Deer 1923 Canadian National Railways modified 3rd class station 1955 (Red Deer Archives P7009);
Sylvan Lake 1913 Canadian Northern 3rd class station c1940 (Sylvan Lake Archives);
Alix 1910 CPR standard #5 station (Glenbow Archives via Peels Prairie Postcards 1910);

Photos courtesy of Red Deer Archives, Sylvan Lake Archives and Paul Pettypiece.

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

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
Trails, Transit, Trains
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Trains and Transit Overview

Milestones 1910-13
Calgary Edmonton Trail
Transit in Central Alberta
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Jubilee 3001 Chinook
Locomotives Central Alberta
Rise and Fall of Passenger Rail


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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