Author Archives: Galt

Speeder Saturday & End of the Season BBQ – Saturday, August 26th

As we start to wind down tourist operations at the Galt Historic Railway Park for 2017, the Board of Directors would like to invite the public to two separate events this week Saturday. From 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Saturday, August 19th – enjoy a tour of the 1890 Train Station & a speeder […]

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Speeder & Station Tours! On select dates…

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Upcoming Father’s Day BBQ @ the Galt Historic Railway Park

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Magrath Buffalo Sloped Bin 1000 series

Introduction The concrete elevator seen here stands out as a unique example of Alberta ingenuity. For a time in the 1980s it was the ‘Cadillac’ of the grain industry and future of what was to come, meant to replace the iconic wooden grain elevators of old (and hopefully spread across Western Canada). The Buffalo-Sloped-Bin (BSB) […]

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A Short History of the CPR’S Suffield Subdivision

This week’s blog post is courtesy of guest contributor Jonathan Koch, editor of the southern Alberta history website, ForgottenAlberta.com.   We had the opportunity to host Jonathan and Greg Farries last July at both the Galt Historic Railway Park and the Ogilvie Wooden Grain Elevator sites.  They were both excited to check these unique places out and […]

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Foremost Buffalo Sloped Bin 2000 Grain Elevator

Introduction The grain elevator seen here really stands out as unique and was in the early 1980s a highly innovative design, the future of the Alberta grain industry. The Buffalo Sloped Bins (BSB) was the dawn of a bold new era, modern and efficient – it was the design that would eventually replace hundreds of […]

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The North Western Coal & Navigation Company’s first president – William Lethbridge

Who is William Lethbridge, and why is our city named after him?  It all starts in southwest England around the turn of the nineteenth century…   The Lethbridge family lived on a farm called ‘Wood’ near a small village named South Taunton, in the county of Devon (Devonshire).  William was born in 1825 into poverty […]

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Victorian Prairie Christmas 2016 Event this week!

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High River then & now – Train Station

Fifty-three year separate the two images used in this then and now. The location is the town of High River just south of Calgary and the subject, Canadian Pacific Railway’s (CPR) sandstone train station located there and one of the firm’s a self-propelled rail diesel car (RDC or “Dayliner”). Using a vintage slide of the […]

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In search of Haneyville…

In January 2014 I re-published an original article done by friend and fellow historian Gord E. Tolton on the Crowsnest railway branch CPR, Lethbridge to Haneyville, in use from 1898 to 1909. Haneyville? Who or what on earth was the reason behind its name? Despite the fact it is within eyesight of a nearby town, […]

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