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CPR FP7s #1418 and #1424

CPR FP7s #1418 and #1424

The two old locomotives discussed in this report, Canadian Pacific Railway #1418 and #1424, once pulled crack passenger trains but today are retired and on display at a riverside park in Medicine Hat Alberta. Their paint is faded and rust is bubbling up here and there, but these fine old engines still impress. They keep […]

Beer stop

Beer stop

This history exploring can be tiring work. There’s the endless road, it just goes on and on and on; there’s the walking and climbing, the jumping of fences, dust by the dumptruck load, all manner of dangers to think about, bugs and heat, and wind and rain. A person can get down right tuckered out […]

Calgary then and now - MacDonald Bridge

Calgary then and now – MacDonald Bridge

The MacDonald Avenue Bridge, or simply the MacDonald Bridge, spans the Elbow River east of downtown Calgary and is just over a century old. We look at it, first in the early 1980s via an old photo sent to us by a reader, and again in 2014. While the structure itself and its immediate surroundings […]

Needle in a haystack challenge

Needle in a haystack challenge

If you’re a regular reader you have no doubt have seen some of our trademark then and now posts. In them, we ask people to send us random old photos or postcards, typically showing a local street scene, which we then visit to see what things looks like today and then post the results here […]

A day with the Battle River Railway

A day with the Battle River Railway

Join us as we spend a day with the Battle River Railway in central Alberta, tagging along with the train crew to tour the line and touch on exactly what it is that makes a company like this tick. We’ll look at the men and their massive machines, and the important roles they all play […]

I want to ride my bicycle...

I want to ride my bicycle…

Besides hiking and climbing up ridges and mountains, and exploring old and abandoned places, Connie and I also bike. Like we don’t have enough hobbies already! This is an activity we don’t feel we do enough of, a situation that we are hoping to change in 2015. We need to hit the dirt more, and […]

Warner Elevator Row

Warner Elevator Row

The title of this this report, “Warner Elevator Row”, as of mid-November, is technically incorrect. Something bad’s happened to the buildings that make up the complex in the town of Warner Alberta, something unexpected, out of the blue and only recent. Yup, they’ve demolished two of the prairie sentinels that make up this unique group, […]

 Notre Dame de Savoie Church

Notre Dame de Savoie Church

The near century old Notre Dame de Savoie Catholic Church, weather-beaten, abandoned and forgotten, stands at a lonely prairie crossroads. Last used for services some fifty years ago, the building has seen few visitors since then – only the occasional passing coal mine or oilfield worker,, farmers or history enthusiasts such as ourselves who seek […]

Red and white Boler

Red and white Boler

It’s a summer evening and I’m exploring gritty industrial areas of Calgary in search of trains and anything else of interest. And I’m in looking for Bolers too. Interestingly, we often find them, many over the years in fact, tucked away in the back lots of factories and such. An example of this is the […]

Moose Jaw River Railway Bridge

Moose Jaw River Railway Bridge

This short subject post we check out a rather…well…wonky looking train bridge in the town of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan. Located along the Southern Rail’s Cooperative former CNR Avonlea Subdivision branch and spanning the Moose Jaw River, the bridge still sees use. Admittedly the dip in the roadbed approach and the resultant ramp once on the […]

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