File this under obscure. We’re looking at the roadbed remains of a Canadian Northern Railway branchline that was to break the Canadian Pacific Railway’s monopoly in southern Alberta. Some sections, including this one inside Calgary city limits and being encroached on by development, were built, about 1910-1912, but track was never laid. I doubt many people, even hard-core railway buffs, are aware it’s here. It’s not well known.
The section we’re seen walking is the most northerly that’s not been bulldozed under and is near the Bow River at the southern city limits. Further into town, any remains have been obliterated. Paying careful attention, one can still follow the line, on Google Earth, south from the where we took our photo to a point near Okotoks. A second section trending southwest from Fort MacLeod was also graded. Work on the middle was never started. The line’s planned destination was a place called Fishburn, south of present day Pincher Creek.
Why this section of track was never finished is not clear. On can guess they ran out of money or perhaps just had seconds thoughts about taking on the CPR Juggernaut.
The Canadian Northern Railway was folded into Canadian National Railways in the 1920s.
To read more about that unfinished section mentioned above, and the line in general, click the link below:
Unfinished Canadian Northern Railways line Fort MacLeod.
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Date of adventure: February, 2016.
Location: Calgary, AB.
The former line appears to be on public land