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Rail Transportation

Standard Gauge Railway

Heritage Park unveiled its railway in 1964 to have a working example of the means of transportation that had the greatest effect on the history of Western Canada...

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Shepard Station

Between 1901 and 1911, nearly a million immigrants arrived at Western Canadian train stations such as this one. For most, the train station would represent the end of a long, grueling journey and the start of a new life. However, it would remain a prominent fixture in their lives because it was at the train station that they would receive mail-order shipments and relatives joining them in the West...

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River Forth Dining Car

The River Forth began its service in 1929 as a Solarium Parlour Observation car and was converted ten years later to a compartment lounge sleeping car. The car was modified two more times by the CPR; in 1964 it became a business car and in 1974 it was converted to a work car. The fifth and final conversion of the River Forth into a luxury dining car was completed in June of 2015 by Heritage Park.

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Railway Water Tower

Heritage Park's working locomotives, Nos. 2023 and 2024, each have a water tender capacity of 3,000 gallons. When in use, one of these engines will travel approximately 72 kilometres in a single day on the track at Heritage Park and use between 1,600 and 1,700 gallons of water...

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Railway Turntable

The history of this turntable is subject to some debate. However, to the best of the Park's knowledge, it was built in 1907 or 1922 at the Canadian Foundry Company in Winnipeg...

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Railway Sand House

Many features of the Canadian landscape and climate can have an adverse effect on rail travel. Snow, fog, rain, ice and frost can make tracks slippery and dangerous. The steep grades through the Rocky Mountains can also cause a locomotive to lose traction, especially if the locomotive is pulling a heavy load...

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Railway Roundhouse

Heritage Park built this structure in order to provide proper facilities for the repair and maintenance of its locomotives, to showcase some of its rail exhibits indoors and to represent a typical Canadian Pacific Railway roundhouse used in Western Canada before 1915...

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Railway Car Shop

Rain, snow, hail, extreme temperatures, changes in humidity and even sunshine can all make vintage railcars deteriorate much more quickly than they would if protected from these natural hazards...

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Narrow Gauge Railway

Narrow gauge railways replaced horses, mules and bull teams as the primary method of transportation in and around Alberta's numerous coal mines. Three locomotives make up this Heritage Park exhibit...

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Midnapore Station

Between 1900 and 1940, the Canadian Pacific Railway used eight designs for most of its stations built in the Prairie provinces. The one built in Midnapore, Alberta, just south of Calgary, in 1910, is an example of a "combination" station, housing a freight storage room, a waiting area and an office under the same roof..

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