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CNR Bunkhouse

This long skinny shed looking building was once a railway bunkhouse. Simply, it was a crash-pad for train crews overnighting away from home base. There would be a couple beds inside, a simple kitchen, a biffy and that’s about it. No five star resort, it was about as basic as accommodations could get. There used to be a fair number of these buildings scattered across the various railways networks.

The track that used to pass by here dates from the 1910s – the grassed over roadbed can be seen back left behind the building. The line was put in by the firm Canadian Northern Railways, and ran from Stettler south to Munson, a spot just north of Drumheller, connecting with other lines at each end. In the 1920s it became a Canadian National Railways property, then in the mid-1980s was sold to a short line operator, who used it into the 1990s. Interestingly, passenger trains travelled past here into the early 1980s (self propelled rail cars). The rails were pulled up long ago.

From when the building dates (early years or sometime later) is not known. When it was last used is not known (we did find a 1970s era phone inside). Why it survives, long after the steel that it used to sit beside was pulled up, is not known. Don’t know much here.

More long term living quarters for railways crews…
Section House.

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Date of adventure: March, 2017.
Location: Starland County, AB.

CNR Bunkhouse

A former Canadian National Railways crew bunkhouse.

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Steve Boyko
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Nice find!

Todd Adams Gregoire
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Todd Adams Gregoire

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Smaller shed housed the scooter/putt putt used to check on track.

Jo Tennant
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Jo Tennant

Love the history you provide with your pictures, what appears to be a random subject has had a whole life.

Larry Ames
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Larry Ames

Would have liked to see the inside I had couple friends that worked for the RR and stayed in these all summer.

Janet Nowlan
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Janet Nowlan

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That’s a nice picture. Wish I was an artist, I would paint that.

Paul Delamere
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Paul Delamere

That would be the perfect home for me…

Jason Paul Sailer
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Jason Paul Sailer

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We (Galt RR Museum Stirling Alberta) have the Coutts bunkhouses at our Park. Its true though, how some things last longer than the railway being there!

Cheryl Stromsmoe
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Cheryl Stromsmoe

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There’s one of these near Foremost too!

Jenn
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Cool! Neat find and building!

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