Author Archives: Galt

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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Canadian Cree Deportation at the International Boundary

As discussed in our previous web blogpost about the Galt Sternwheelers and the Riel Rebellion, with the surrender of Cree Chief Big Bear on June 25th, 1885, those hostilities came to a close. Several Cree families and warriors then made a dash to the United States to escape any possible persecution from the NWMP. Some […]

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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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