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Big Valley station banks on restored roof

reprinted from Stettler Independent (Les Stulberg) April 3, 2013

Big Valley station Stettler Independent photo
A new cedar shingle roof on the 100-year-old Big Valley railroad station is expected to add decades to the landmark's life. Work is now being done on the building's interior to repair damage that a leaking roof caused.
Photo by Les Stulberg,
Stettler Independent


The Big Valley railroad station is sporting a new cedar shingle roof -- an effort to preserve the century-old building for the generations to come.

Rich Graydon, a volunteer with the Canadian Northern Society, which co-ordinated the project, said the group continually strives to preserve the historical buildings and "keep them original."

Work is now being done on the building's interior to repair damage that a leaking roof caused.

The project is estimated to cost $45,000.

Graydon said funds raised by the Canadian Northern Society, donations from the community of Big Valley, and the possibility of a matching grant from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, are expected to cover the cost.

The Big Valley station is one of three owned by Canadian Northern Society -- the others are at Meeting Creek and Camrose.

Graydon said each station is of a different architectural design. The three designs were commonly used by the CNR in towns across the prairies, he said.

"Stations were quick to disappear, once they were no longer needed," Graydon said.

Fortunately, in Big Valley, the Big Valley Historical Society originally undertook the task of preserving the station.

For more than 20 years, the impressively restored station has been cared for by the Canadian Northern Society.

Graydon said the group remodelled the freight storage area into a community room.

"It's nice to see that room used by the community," he said.

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)
       Blog: Big Valley Canadian Northern Station Celebrates 100 Years
(RETROactive Sept.2012)
       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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