We are having an Father’s Day Picnic this upcoming Sunday – Noon to 4:30pm; BBQ lunch, Speeder Rides, and tours of the historic 1890 Station…
The Southern Alberta Grain Elevator Society (SAGES) has been formed to facilitate the move and preservation of the historic 1925 Ogilvie grain elevator.
SAGES has been the process of garnering support through the creation of information brochures and fliers that have been mailed out / posted. If you are interested in either, please email us or follow the contact information on the attached flier.
SAGES has contacted Kearn’s Moving from Taber for an quote for moving the elevator and the auxiliary buildings.
SAGES estimates that $250,000 will be required for moving and for the preservation of the elevator and auxiliary buildings. SAGES will be approaching local government grain / agricultural companies, private donors, and possibly the provincial / federal levels for possible avenues of money that can be used for this exciting project.
If you are interested in joining this new group please feel free to contact SAGES via the information on the flier, or attend their upcoming kick off meeting, Sunday March 17th, 1:30 pm downstairs in the Theater Gallery, at the downtown Lethbridge Library!
Lanny Aitkens, vice-president of Great Canadian Plains Railway Society and Mike Sawchyn, man the booth promoting rail history at Galt Historic Railway Park, during the Early Bird Swap Meet Feb. 9 at Exhibition Park in
We had lots of interest considering Mike brought in his speeder car – countless kids came and sat in the driver’s seat! We also handed out many brochures, Day Camp / Fathers Day fliers…
The Galt Railway Park is indirectly assisting an new group in the preservation of an local area landmark…an wooden elevator! The Galt Historic Railway Park has offered land for the elevator preservation group to relocate the 1920′s era elevator from the village of Wrentham – approx 30 kilometers east – to our Park where it would be restored to running condition. The move is expected to cost around 75,000 to 100,000 dollars and the renovations to the elevator will cost around 25,000 to 50,000. If you are interested in joining this new group please feel free to contact it on facebook at the below address. Additionally you can email or phone the Galt Railway Park and we will pass your information onto the group. Any information or time or money will be valuable to save this iconic structure!
News Article courtesy of the Lethbridge Herald – Aug. 23, 2012
Written by Caroline Zentner, Photo by Ian Martens
Backpacks strewn on the floor, a table covered with stickers, paper and strings and 10 bright smiles provided the verdict – the Galt Historic Railway Park is a pretty cool place. “It’s awesome,” said Brinley Wilde, 9, one of 10 children aged six through 10 who attended the Pioneer Day Camp Thursday. “It was really fun. They gave us a nice tour,” said Adler Lybbert, 10. They bubbled with all the things they learned and did during the day: “It has a pretend zombie,” “We got to ride on a speeder,” “There was this jail by the kitchen,” and “Frank went to jail.” The Frank they’re talking about was Frank James, brother of Jesse James. The story goes that Frank and Jesse James, bank and train robbers, were outlaws in the United States but they weren’t wanted in Canada. Frank managed to make his way to the Canadian side of the Coutts-Sweetgrass station where American authorities had no jurisdiction. “He was three feet away and he was taunting them,” said Laura Shuttleworth, leader of the Pioneer Day Camp. The passengers cottoned on to who he was and someone on the Canadian side gave him a shove back across the border where he was arrested. “Do you see this red line?” Brinley said, pointing to a single red board on the station deck. “This side’s Alberta and this side’s the U.S.” “The jail he went to was right here in this building. Pretty cool, eh?” Adler said. The most popular spot on the tour was the jail cells with their barred doors – one of them with a small “zombie” laying on the bed. “If I hadn’t distracted them with the train they would still be in the holding cells,” Shuttleworth said. After the tour, the campers created their own mini-steamer trunks and their own passports, complete with photos and fingerprints. A relay race had teams racing across the border, picking up a bag of Galt coal, which really contained some candy, and getting their passports stamped. Campers also rode the rails in the park’s speeder. “It’s a really cool piece of local history,” Shuttleworth said. The park is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from July 1 to Aug. 31 and by special request from Sept. 1 to June 31.
Kaitlyn Traber and Ila Heggie run up the boardwalk as they take part in a relay race during the Pioneer Day Camp Thursday at the Galt Historic Railway Park in Stirling. The day’s activities included crafts, games, snacks and lunch, as well as rail rides on the Park’s speeder car. Herald photo by Ian Martens
Our tourist season doesn’t officially end until August 31st, but we wanted to say thank you early to all our Society members, and Park Supporters!
Join the Board of Directors at the historic 1890 Train Station, meet our summer students, tour the exhibits, and see our new developments on site – we may be running the restored speeder as well (weather dependant). We will be also presenting our ‘Station Master’ of the year award!
Please contact us by phone (403-756-2220) or by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are attending, so we know how much food to prepare.
The Southern Alberta Antique Car Club visited the historic Train Station on Saturday July 28th from 11:00 to 12:30 pm. The Antique Car club members toured the Train Station and later had lunch under the newly constructed picnic shelter. Later on, the Antique Car club drove down the road to the Michelsen Farmhouse, where they visited.
The Board of Directors of the Great Canadian Plains Railway Society appreciate the support from the Antique Car Club, and look forward to hosting them in the future!
Photos – Jason Sailer