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Benalto CPR station as residenceFormer Benalto train station
donated back to community
in time for centennial
reprinted from Red Deer Advocate (Murray Crawford) February 13, 2013

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 put it on donated land, near its former location.

They plan on moving the station back to the town and working on getting it ready and in place in time to be the centre-piece of their centennial celebrations.

Built in 1928, the former Canadian Pacific Railway station will become an information centre, gallery of the hamlet's history and a gathering place.

The station has been on the Cupples' property just west of Red Deer since 1980, being used as a house on an acreage. Garrett Cupples said his brother had been living in it but recently moved out.

"We got hold of a lady and said we really don't want to sell this to someone else to just move it to another location and we don't want to tear it down because it is a historic building," said Cupples. "We just said we'd really like it to go back home. After we got talking, we just said we'll donate it."

Cupples said they have a shop on the property and were looking at expanding it. But the station didn't really fit in with their planned expansion.

The only cost to Benalto would be the transporting the building back to the hamlet.

"I don't know what it is worth, I didn't really ask," said Cupples. "It doesn't really matter, it wasn't the reason we did it."

The land where it is headed has also been donated. Bill and Dale Speight and families owned the area where the station once stood and have donated some green space for the station to sit.

The move is scheduled to occur from March 25 to 29.

News articles related to Alberta Central Railway heritage:
       News article: Benalto Train Station returned to hamlet after lengthy journey
(Sylvan Lake News May 2013)
       News article: Riders welcome train station home to Benalto
(Red Deer Advocate Apr.2013)
       News article: Benalto station move delayed (Red Deer Advocate Mar.2013)
       News article: Benalto train station to return home after 42-year absence
(Sylvan Lake News Feb.2013)
       News article: Historic significance of concrete obelisk preserved in mural
(Red Deer Advocate Oct.2008)

News articles related to ACR/CPR Mintlaw bridge:
Commentary: Preservation Opportunity Not to be Lost
(Innisfail Province & Red Deer Advocate June 2015)
       News article: Red Deer County seeks partners to afford bridge access (Mountain View Gazette Apr.2012)
       News article: County council looks at bridge as tourist attraction
(Red Deer Advocate April 2012)
       News article: Plans for Mintlaw Bridge waiting on public feedback
(Mountain View Gazette Feb.2012)
       News article: Opposition comes forward to Mintlaw Bridge preservation
(Mountain View Gazette May 2011)
       News article: Reinforcing our history
(Red Deer Advocate Mar.2011)
       News article: Repairs planned for crumbling CPR bridge
(Red Deer Advocate Feb.2011)
       News article: RD County antes up for Mintlaw Bridge repairs
(Mountain View Gazette Nov.2010)
       News article: Bridging gap between history and disrepair
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2010)
       News article: County buys bridge for a buck
(Red Deer Advocate Dec.2009)
       News article: County buys historic railway bridge
(Red Deer Express Dec.2009)

News articles related to regional historic railway stations:
       News article: Alberta railway stations get a new lease on life
(AgCanada Nov.2013)
       News article: Big Valley station banks on restored roof (Stettler Independent Apr.2013)
       Blog: Big Valley Canadian Northern Station Celebrates 100 Years
(RETROactive Sept.2012)
       News article: Historic train station relocated to Beiseker
(Rockyview Weekly July 2012)
       News article: A new face for the old station (Red Deer Life July 1996)

Alberta Central Railway (CPR) - Red Deer to Rocky Mountain House
Canadian Pacific Railway Stations in Central Alberta
Red Deer once had four railway stations

ACR/CPR Mintlaw Steel Trestle

Michael Dawe articles related to Alberta Central Railway / CPR ACR branch heritage
A look back at the Alberta Central Railway (Red Deer Express Sept.2014)
       Laurier's 1910 visit huge event for city (Red Deer Express August 2010)
       Mintlaw Bridge essential to region's railroad heritage (Red Deer Express March 2010)
       Sir Wilfrid Laurier visited Red Deer (Red Deer Advocate May 2010)
       The origins of Alberta Central Rail pillar (Red Deer Express April 2008)
       Alberta Central Railway helped open region (Red Deer Advocate Special March 2007)
       John T. Moore (Red Deer Express Feb.2003)

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