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All Aboard! Big Valley Canadian Northern Railway Station Celebrates 100 Years
 
reprinted from Alberta RETROactive, Blogging Alberta Historic Places
(Dorothy Field) September 13, 2012


Big Valley CNor Station - RETROactiveAt 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 Locomotive (also a Provincial Historic Resource) in the lead.

Big Valley CNor Station 2011 - RETROactiveThe Big Valley CNoR station received a restoration grant from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation this year, just in time for its 100th birthday. The Canadian Northern Society is planning a big party in honour of the centenary on Saturday, September 29. Check out the poster! Make sure your visit includes the roundhouse, which was designated along with the railway station. Another site worthy of note in Big Valley is St. Edmund's Anglican Church - the Blue Church at the top of the hill - which was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 2002.

Big Valley CNor Station 1979 - RETROactiveSixteen other train stations have been designated Provincial Historic Resources. They are at Camrose, Claresholm, Didsbury, Empress, Fort Saskatchewan, Heinsburg, High River, Lethbridge, Meeting Creek, Paradise Valley, Peace River, Red Deer, Sexsmith, Smoky Lake, Strathcona (in Edmonton), and Vegreville. The stations at Beiseker, High River, Red Deer and Strathcona have also been designated by their respective municipalities. Additional recognition for Alberta train stations has come from the federal government, which has declared those at Banff, Empress, Hanna, Jasper, Lake Louise, Medicine Hat, Red Deer and Strathcona to be Heritage Railway Stations.

 


News articles related to Canadian Northern / GTP /Canadian National Railway heritage:
       News article: Hanna society buys historic roundhouse
(Drumheller Mail Dec.2013)
       News article: Big plans for the Hanna roundhouse
(Drumheller Online Oct.2013)
       News article: Hanna Roundhouse celebrates new beginnings
(ECAReview Oct.2013)
       News article: Big Valley station banks on restored roof
(Stettler Independent Apr.2013)
       News article: Slag piles give Nordegg mine an historic edge
(Red Deer Advocate May 2012)
       Feature article: 6060 turns 66
(Red Deer Express Sept.2010)

News articles related to regional historic railway stations:
       News article: Alberta railway stations get a new lease on life
(AgCanada Nov.2013)
       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: Former Benalto train station donated back to community (Red Deer Advocate Feb.2013)
       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)

News articles related to regional railway heritage preservation:
       News article: Heritage projects share grant funding
(Red Deer Advocate July 2013)
       News article: Relic caboose gets new home
(Red Deer Advocate May 2013)
       News article: Rail link effort chugging along
(Red Deer Advocate May 2013)
       News article: Back yard model railway track okayed
(Red Deer Advocate Aug.2012)
       News article: Track for historic railway tours likely to be done by late summer
(Red Deer Advocate June 2011)
       News article: Stay busy, stay young: Fred Freschette
(Red Deer Advocate Nov.2010)
       News article: Rail being laid for heritage line
(Red Deer Advocate Sept.2010)
       News article: A work in two golden ages: Ernie Beskowiney (Red Deer Advocate July 2010)
       News article: Stettler group wants to convert grain elevator into museum
(Red Deer Advocate May 2010)
       News article: Train track wanted
(Red Deer Advocate May 2010)
       News article: Major funding will restore rail line to Donalda
(Stettler Independent Oct.2009)

Canadian Northern Railway in Central Alberta (CNR) - Camrose to Drumheller
Canadian Northern Western Railway Brazeau sub (CNR) - Mirror to Red Deer and Nordegg
Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in Central Alberta (CNR) - Mirror to Three Hills
Rise and Fall of Passenger Rail in the C&E Corridor

Canadian National Railway Stations in Central Alberta
 
Michael Dawe article related to Canadian Northern Railway / GTP Railway / CNR heritage
       The Village of Mirror turns 100 (Red Deer Express July 2012)


 

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