Author Archives: Galt

New Marketing Video!

Sit back and enjoy the video – a introduction to the Railway Park and some of our future plans! Thanks again to – Symbol Syndication – Video Production  

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Upcoming Father’s Day Event @ the Galt Historic Railway Park!

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Rob Lennard the History Wrangler Performing at the Galt Historic Railway Park!

Rob Lennard, also known as the History Wrangler (follow him on Twitter at @AlbertaHistory), is a musician, singer/songwriter, and award winning historical fiction writer based out of Calgary, AB.  He has received both the Alberta Centennial Medal and the prestigious Heritage Awareness Award for his efforts of promoting the history of Alberta.   He is […]

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Snowplows and Winter Scenes

With the winter weather outside, the Great Canadian Plains Railway Society thought to share some photos of winter’s past with the railways dealing with the white stuff! If you’d like to know more about what you’ve seen here, by all means contact us at gcprs@telus.net.   Be sure to have the Blog title in the subject line. […]

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Galt’s Southerly Expansion

The worldwide 1887 – 1888 recession struck the Galt family’s Lethbridge based coal company almost as soon as it went into production, necessitating finding new markets quickly if they were to survive. Their major customer was the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), but this meant the colliery was subject to the whims of that firm – […]

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Galt’s Expansion Dreams and the CPR

On November 27th, 1893, the Alberta Railway & Coal Company (AR&CC) leased the narrow gauge line from Dunmore, near Medicine Hat, to Montana Junction, just outside of present day eastern limits of Lethbridge, to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Part of the agreement would include upgrading the track to standard gauge to accommodate the CPR […]

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The Galt Company Sternwheelers

In the fall of 1879, Elliot Torrance Galt was the government’s assistant Indian commissioner, a job he would never have obtained had it not been for the name of his father, Sir Alexander Galt. Though competent enough, he was not content with a safe patronage appointment and longed for some adventure to give him a […]

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Rocky Mountain Rangers

  Original article by Jason Paul Sailer – additional information & editing supplied by Gord Tolton. One of the volunteer militia units raised in the Northwest Territories (the name of the western prairies of Canada before provinces were established) in response to the 1885 Rebellion was the Rocky Mountain Rangers (RMR), a group of civilians / frontiersmen […]

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Upcoming Victorian Prairie Christmas Event!

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Railway School Cars

When a person mentions trains the first thoughts that come to mind is moving passenger and freight from point a to point b.  Who knew that they also provided education to remote northern communities up until the mid-1960s?  In fact many northern Canadian residents attended school cars operated by either Canadian Pacific Railway or Canadian […]

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