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Calgary's Heritage Park Steam Train

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Published on Mar 19, 2013

In this 15 minute video, we will be taking a trip on the vintage train, running around the perimeter of Heritage Park in Calgary, at 1900 Heritage Drive. http://www.heritagepark.ca/. The video is in 3 segments.

In the first segment, we witness the train going around the property. We board the train in the second segment and pause a few seconds to take a brief look inside the roundhouse. Finally, in the 3rd segment, we are there, as the train is being wyed after the last trip and then backed up to the wooden water tower, with only a brief look at this because Heritage Park is now closing its gates to the public. The video concentrates on the locomotive itself and there is a fair amount of stack talk.

There are 3 locomotives on the premises, two of which are in full service (depending upon the year); either "CPR 2023" or "CPR 2024", neither of which ever belonged to the Canadian Pacific Railway and were actually US Army locos built during WWII, the 2023 by ALCO and the 2024 by Lima.
The 3rd locomotive is a steam engine converted to diesel power. Now numbered CP2018, it was used at Canmore Mines (near Banff AB) during its lifetime and it was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway.

The park is branded as a living history museum and it is one of the city's most visited tourist attractions. The period covered is from the early 1900s to about the 1920s. Buildings come from other Alberta towns or are faithful reproductions. We roll past an amusement park that has fully operational artifacts from early in the 20th Century.

Railroad plays a great part of Heritage Park. Midnapore Station (where the trips start and end) was a Canadian Pacific Railway stop in the southern part of Calgary. There are 4 stations and each has a role to play. Bowell station was built in 1909 in the hamlet of Bowell AB, near Medicine Hat on the CPR main line. In 1964 the CPR gave the station to Heritage Park, where it was converted into a washroom. Shephard station was in the southeast part of town and is now a snack bar, while Laggan station was at Lake Louise, before being replaced by a more modern version.

Heritage Park has a great many railroad artifacts. A roundhouse is open to the public during the season, and we will briefly visit a couple of artifacts there. There are also many railway artifacts scattered around the roundhouse area.

Late September every year, Heritage Park holds "Railway Days", a two-day weekend affair, when rail is featured; such as doubleheading, turntable operation and other railroadiana, such as telegraphy and watchmaking.
Check the Heritage Park website for the yearly dates.

Easily accessible by Calgary Transit, Heritage Park also features a replica of an early Calgary Municipal (now Calgary Transit) tramway, which we see in the last sequence.

Car buffs will be well served with "Gasoline Alley", featuring a gallery or restored antique cars from the 1900s to the 1920s..

There is a splendid map at: http://www.heritagepark.ca/content/pd...

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