Canadian Railway Yards,
Water Towers, Round Houses,
Control Towers and Freight Sheds

What I am trying to do is sepperate all these various
structures from the Station pages
This section like the station pages is devided into provinces or areas


Alberta


British Columbia
Manitoba
Atlantic Canada

 
Ontario
Quebec
Saskatchewan

You are invited to submit any picture that you have that fit any of these pages.
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This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Ogden's 75th. anniversary was held in 1988.
To commemorate the event, Odgen Shop employees decided to assemble a lasting monument.
Originally called "Oggie" (for Ogden), the monument 
has since been renamed SPIKE.

SPIKE  is 27 feet tall and constructed from various pieces of freight car and locomotive parts.
The body is a boiler, the head and ears are gears and the arms and hands are couplers. 
He is holding a locomotive engine crankshaft in his right hand. 
The monument stands within the parking lot at the entrance to the Shops (now Alstom), in the 7200 block of
Ogden Road in Calgary.


 

 
 
The square water tower at Calgary's Heritage Park still provides a steady supply for steam locomotives CP2013 and CP2014 during the Park's open season from May to September. Notice one of the smoke plume of a steam engine in the background. The locomotive in use that day is watered around 5:30pm, near the park's closure. 
Note the wig-wag signal, featured elsewhere on 
these pages. The Railway Water Tower was
built in 1902 and the adjacent Railway 
Sand House, circa 1920. 
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Railway Car Shop is open to the public at 
Calgary's Heritage Park. It houses several
preserved historic cars from the 1880s to the 1920s, with the average being from 1910. 
One of them can be seen just inside the open 
doors. Part of the  turntable pit can be
seen in front.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Snowplow 400884 was built December 1911 in the 
CP Montreal's Angus Shops and originally numbered 300884 before getting its new number in 1991. It is now displayed in Calgary's Heritage 
Park roundhouse, alongside a few other artifacts. 
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
CP2018  on static display in the roundhouse at Calgary's Heritage Park  was built by the CPR in February 1905 (Ser# 1392). It was in service as CP2144 in 1912, then CP 6144 in 1943. It next 
bit of service was at Canmore Mines (near Banff AB) as their No 4., before being acquired by Heritage Park, who converted it to
diesel power. It is presumed that the nose 
cone is removed (for air intake) when the
loco is running. 
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Canadian Northern Railway station at 141 
18 Ave SW in Calgary, after fire damage in 
August 1985 during renovation. 
Thanks to funding from The Nat Christie Foundation, the building had been totally 
rebuilt by 1987, as seen in a companion picture.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Nat Christie Centre in September 2009, after 
restoration
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
CN Sarcee Yard in Calgary is basically located along 50 Ave SE, between 52 St and Barlow Trail. and was 
a very busy place until recently, when the railway moved its intermodal terminal to a brand new facility that they built for themselves near Conrich, north of the city on the Three Hills Sub. The new Calgary Logistics Park has
according to CN, better access by road and rail. https://www.cn.ca/-/media/Files/Media/Media-News-
Release/map-cn-calgary-logistics-park-en.pdf

At 2:30 pm on  5 Apr 2013; we find only 3 engines in the yard, which usually held about a half-dozen.
Just arrived from servicing nearby industries are coupled CN 1433 and CN 7271, while newer CN 4792 was already in the yard awaiting assignment. The sign of the very left indicates Mileage 126.0 of the Three Hills Sub.

CN 1433 was built as GMD-1 (Ser#A1446), in September 1958 as CN 1026. It was renumbered to CN 1603 in 1988 and then to CN 1433, as it acquired the trucks and fuel tank from CN 1134 which was scrapped. CN 7271 is a remanufactured Geep (GP9RM) built by GM in May 1959 as CN 4239 (Ser# A1686). It now has a flashing light on top of the cab, which means that it is fitted for 
remote operation, while CN 4792 was built as CN 5592 by the Electromotive Division of GM in London Ontario in December 1973 as a GP38-2W (Ser#A2919) and renumbered to CN 4792 in 1988. Note the different livery for 2 of the locos.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The CN Sarcee Yard in Calgary is not as busy 
today, as in this view along 50 Ave SE, in the
mid-1990s. This mid-day photo doesn't do the
yard justice, as a long freight arrived from the
East very early morning.  After a brief sorting, 
the train departed for Edmonton and the move 
was reversed around midnight, with Dash 9 
locomotives on the point both ways.

The railway is now using their newly-constructed
Intermodal Park at Conrich, just north of the
city for that purpose. http://cwmarketing.ca/CN_Logistics_Park/CN
_park_network.pdf

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
In busier days, Sarcee Yard saw a lot of activity 
such as in this view looking east but there isn't 
much of it today. It is located along 50 Ave. SE 
between 52 St. SE and Barlow Trail.

Up to about a year ago, the yard was used as a final 
stop for CN freight in Calgary, off the Drumheller
Sub and the Three Hills Sub. Switchers, consisting 
of SW units, chopped-nosed Geeps and GMD1s
sorted the cars and serviced local industries, 
including freight transfer from CN to the CP Alyth
Yard about a kilometer away. The heavy loco in the
picture is reserved for the night train, leaving 
eastbound around midnight.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A layout of the various yards within the Alyth 
CPR complex, gives a ready reference to 
employees and emergency crews. 
This panel one is located near the Bonnybrook
Bridge.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Pulldown Tower at the CP Alyth Yard in Calgary mid-80s.
It looks into the hump yard shown on this page.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The hump yard at CP Alyth (Calgary), viewed
from the tower. A hump yard is so named because a locomotive pushes a series of cars up a slight hill, then at the top of the hump, they are released and then roll downhill on their own to a selected track. So that the cars don't run away as they accelerate downhill and and slam into one another at the end, "retarders" are used. They are those dark areas at the bottom of the picture.

Each retarder consists of a series of individual piston brakes on a short section of track that grips and slows the wheels as the car rolls down the slope, bringing it down to a safe speed for coupling. The entire operation is computer controlled.

View the Calgary hump yard in use 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrPuqWrn1-g

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The 12th STREET EAST Tower is of utmost importance in Western Canada.

It is the junction of the MacLeod and Red Deer Subs in Calgary and also controls most movements in Alyth Yard, as well as all those from Calgary to Field on the Laggan Sub (136 miles). In other words, east-west and north-south traffic.

The track in front is part of a wye in and out of 
Alyth Yard, while traffic by signal 1724E (on the 
Brooks Sub) gets infrequent but steady traffic. The
tower is accessible by alighting off the Calgary 
Transit Route 24 and walking for a half-block or
parking nearby but it’s not a good viewing area.
A better one to watch yard action is a couple of 
blocks down the road, covered on the bridge page. 
The area is a bit “shady” after dark. This view was 
taken in May 2014.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A view looking southeast into CP Alyth Yard from the
12th Street Tower in Calgary, mid-80s.
The gondolas in the foreground will eventually hold
sulphur, a byproduct of the oil and gas industry.
In the background, the container area and the chimney has since gone and the bridge in the background is Blackfoot Trail, covered on my bridge page.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Looking southeast into the CP Alyth Yard during the
late-80s from Blackfoot Trail.
The building to the left and the chimney have been demolished and the diesel shop in the centre, almost doubled in size.
A view such as this is no longer possible, as the
sidewalk from which this was taken was switched to
the north (other) side during the Blackfoot Trail road reconstruction.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The CP Industrial Yard (IYO) just east of the downtown core in Calgary, viewed from an aircraft during takeoff.
It is now closed but the area to the left of the picture (8 St SE in Inglewood) is a fair place to catch some westbound action coming out of Alyth Yard.
The large building to the left is the Calgary Transit bus garage, while on the right is Fort Calgary, with the Calgary Tower to the extreme right.
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Another view of the CP Industrial Yard downtown 
Calgary looking west, during another takeoff, on 
June 11th, 2007.

A couple of good (but not great) spots for picture 
taking are at 8 St SE (across the Elbow River at 
the bottom of the picture for trains in and out of
Alyth Yard) and the  parking lot by the Calgary 
Tower, about the middle of the picture, for the 
price of parking the chariot there. A better spot is
by 11 St SW at the very top left

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The CPR Industrial Yard, looking east from the 
Calgary Tower.  The office is closed now and the
area only used for emergency storage but the 
east-west mainline still runs through 24/7 with mile
long trains and it is an important part of the system.
The area where the track widens, fairly well marks
the site of the first CPR station (a boxcar) in Calgary during 1883, when the construction train crossed a bridge over the Elbow River in the background (and very well shown in aerial photos).

The CPR East-West mainline runs through the 
centre of the photo.  The Calgary Transit Victoria
Park garage is to the right and veering right at the
top of the picture brings us to the beginning of
Alyth Yard.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A ground view of the CPR Industrial Yard looking 
west on March 27th 2008, from around the yard office (IYO) now closed. The Calgary Tower is in 
the background and Fort Calgary, across the street. 
The east-west mainline is in front.

The right side is where a boxcar was dropped off
as a temporary station to serve track crews as
they built the line to Port Moody (Vancouver) in 
1883; after the railway crossed the Elbow River, 
immediately to the bottom left of this picture.

The next station was located between the Calgary 
Tower in the background and the curve. It was r
eplaced by yet another station, which lasted until 
demolished in 1967. The very last CPR /VIA was
in the basement of the Tower. View my station page http://yourrailwaypictures.com/TrainStations/index
Alberta.html

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A "low oblique" view of the historical roundhouse complex at Big Valley, showing the former turntable pit and stalls from the back. Notice how large the roundhouse was. 
Big Valley was an important divisional point for the 
Canadian Northern Railway around 1910.  The CNoR got absorbed by the Canadian National Railways a bit later and Big Valley lost a bit of importance.

The picture has been inverted from the original PC view to show the back of the roundhouse and now looks southwest instead of straight north.  The black line is the railway (Alberta Prairie). The station is just a bit out of the picture to the centre right.

More of this landmark at: 
http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-
lieu.aspx?id=5001

 Google Earth photo submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Big Valley Roundhouse, in Big Valley, AB, 
November 1989
The roundhouse ruin is on the list of 
Canada's Historic Places. 
This picture taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
Another view of the The Big Valley Roundhouse, 
in Big Valley, AB, taken in May 1997
This picture was taken and submitted by Wayne Anderson, Lethbridge Alberta
The old Red Deer CP Yard, looking towards the station October 1989. The chimney in back is a local landmark (Alpha Milk).

Since this photo was taken, CP moved its yard to a
newer location and the area was totally redeveloped.

This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
A closer view of the CP Red Deer Yard. 
The mainline is about centre.
At a point near the bottom of the picture, the 
Red Deer Sub from Calgary ends at Mileage 
93.5 and the Leduc Sub to South Edmonton starts 
at Mileage 0.0
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Edmonton CN Yard when it was in full operation in
the downtown core,during the 60s or 70s, when this
picture was taken as a colour slide with a lower priced 110
camera. The tracks were lifted to make way for the Grant
MacEwan University (much of the land still remains
barren)
VIA moved its operation near the former Edmonton 
Municipal  (Blatchford Field - CYXD) some 8km from 
city centre (12360-121 Street NW, Edmonton,AB) 

In the background is CN Headquarters, since 
relocated to Walker Yard, basically in the same area
as the VIA station (The Canadian must be wyed from the
Walker Yard mainline in and out of the VIA station). 
The 111 metres (364 ft) or 26 storeys tall building 
remains marked with the CN emblem, due to its 
historical value. 

Tracks at the bottom centre of the photo may connect
with CPR tracks to South Edmonton (Strathcona) 
through the High Level Bridge (see the station and 
bridge pages) Part of those CP tracks, now ending
between 109 St & 110 St at 100 Ave are still used in the
summer by the Edmonton Radial Railway for their 
tramway operation and pass through a small tunnel
under a housing project.
See the bridge page and http://www.edmonton-radial-railway.ab.ca/highlevelbridge

This picture was taken by L. Unwin and submitted by Massey F. Jones
The CN railway line in Edmonton AB (shown in blue),
as it appeared in an inset of a map issued by the
Canadian Freight Association, around the mid 70s, 
showing the detour which Montreal-Vancouver  CN 
(pre-VIA) passenger trains took through downtown
Edmonton. After Winnipeg, passengers traveling 
west took a northwesterly route through Saskatoon 
and Wainwright, before coming to a junction and
swinging south into the downtown Edmonton Yard
(City Yard) and station at the CN Tower. Upon
departure, passengers proceeded north to a junction
near Calder Yard (now Walker Yard) before turning
west to Edson, Jasper, Prince George, Prince Rupert
or Vancouver. 

To put it in today's context, the City Yard portion has 
now been eliminated and VIA  trains from both
directions now come to the junction by
Calder/Walker Yard) and turn south on a small stub
track, which is the site of the present VIA station, 
before backing out and proceeding again in their 
selected east or west direction.

The CP line is shown in red. The lower portion is the
Red Deer Sub to Calgary (Alyth Yard) two hours away,
while the portion to right has been largely abandoned.
CP passengers traveled via Sudbury, Winnipeg, 
Moose Jaw and Calgary to Vancouver. In January 
1990, VIA abandoned passenger service on CP track
and all its trains now travel through Edmonton. Freight 
continues to be exchanged daily between Edmonton and
Calgary on either CN or CP with  the lines shown on the 
lower part of the frame, although the red line (CP track) 
no longer reaches to the City Yard but just to 
South Edmonton; the portion from South Edmonton to 
downtown now being used by the Edmonton Radial 
Railway Society (see the Tunnels page).

This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
he CN Yard Office in Jasper, Alberta, on May 1st, 
2009 from Connaught Avenue, adjacent to the VIA
station at 8:15 pm.

The building,  situated across the railyard from the
station,  does not cater to passengers. In addition to
overseeing yard and other area movements, it has
crew rest facilities.

This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
The Water Tower at the Antony Hendray Museum.
Delburne AB (near Red Deer)
This CNR  tower at the Antony Henday Museum in 
Delburne AB accomodate railway artifacts.
The museum has fixed hours  of operation in the summer 
but will accomodate appointments.
CN metal caboose 79290  (1967) is also on the property, 
along with a small rail speeder.Admission to the museum
is by donation. http://www.unlockthepast.ca 
This picture was taken and submitted by Massey F. Jones
New Bridgen AB Water tower is located in the
town of New Bridgen
 This picture was submitted by Dale Redekopp St. Albert, AB  
The former CN/VIA yard in downtown Edmonton, 
Alberta, behind the CN Tower shown above.
All the tracks were eventually removed to make way for
construction of the Grant MacEwan University campus
and the station located about a mile north.
This picture was submitted by Massey F. Jones
These people in the picture were attending a prayer
service at the pioneer monument.
They were Ukrainians as was most of the population of
Willingdon at that time. The water tank was located 
West of the station & South of the main line Approx. 1955
This picture was submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
The base of the above water tank 
Willingdon AB, March 2007
This picture was submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
This outhouse was located  just off the East end of 
the station platform 
This picture was submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Bunk house at Andrew, AB
This building is unused. April 6, 2011
This picture was taken and submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Bunk house at Andrew, AB,  April 6, 2011
This picture was taken and submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Bunk house at Andrew, AB,  April 6, 2011
This picture was taken and submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Bunk house at Andrew, AB,  April 6, 2011
This picture was taken and submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
CP Bunk house at Andrew, AB Sketch
This picture was taken and submitted James Booth, Willingdon AB
C.No.R /C.N.R. freight shed, Donalda, Alberta
taken in 1997
 This picture was taken and submitted by Wayne Anderson, Lethbridge Alberta

Links to other Canadian Railway Pages


The Steam Engines of the CNR
Canadian Railway Artifacts
The Steam Engines of the CPR
     
Canadian Railiners/Dayliners
 Old Canadian Rolling Stock
 Freight Cars
Old Canadian Rolling Stock
 Passenger Cars
     
Canadian Train Stations
Canadian Cabooses
 Canadian Cabooses
   
This page now contains some pictures of 
the interior of a restored 1940's caboose
The Grain Elevators of Western Canada
MOW (Railway Maintenance Equipment)
Train Bridges and Trestles
     
Untimely End
Canadian Railway Tunnels
with a detailed look at the
CPR Spiral Tunnels
Canadian Old Logging and Mining
Equipment and Steam and Diesel Locomotives
     
The Scrap Yard
Old Canadian Diesels
CPR Train Orders
     
CN Locomotives
VIA Rail Locomotives
CP Locomotives
     
Industrial Locomotives, and
on Site Diesel
Robot Cars
Others Locomotives
     
Calgary's Heritage Park
The Halifax & South-Western Museum
Electric Locomotives and Street Cars
     
 
The Newfoundland Railway
 
Old Tractor Pictures

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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