Tag Archives: Railway Stations

Canadian Northern Western Railway Station (Southside – 80th Avenue)

Overview

Edmonton once boasted many beautiful railway stations–the last preserved one is the Canadian Pacific Railway Station near Whyte Ave, and there were three large stations downtown. But did you know that there was once another station in Edmonton’s core, only a block away from the preserved Canadian Pacific Railway station?

This station was operated under the Canadian Northern Western Railway charter by the Canadian Northern Railway (which built stations near 104 avenue and 101 street downtown).

Have a look on this 1917 map hosted by the University of Alberta and see images of the station below.

1914 (Looking North)

nc-6-698 - Canadian Northern Railway depot and locomotive #324, south side, Edmonton, Alberta - 1913nc-6-699 - Canadian Northern Railway depot and locomotive #324, south side, Edmonton, Alberta - 1913

EdHGIS: 1914 & 2016 Imagery

As of the 2010s, a strip mall stands in the space once occupied by the railway station.

nc-6-698 - Canadian Northern Railway depot, south side, Edmonton, Alberta - 2016-10-01

Edmonton CNR Railway Stations (104 Ave at 100 Street and 101 Street)

In 1905 the Canadian Northern Railway (CNR) built a station at 104 Ave and 101 Street. Later, in 1928 an additional railway depot was built east of the old station at 100 Street. The 1905 station was torn down in 1953 and in 1966 the front of the 1928 station was replaced with CN Tower but part of the rear (office) section from the 1928 station remains to this day! You can see the 1905 station and the entire 1928 station (front and rear) in the photo below.

1928 (1928 Station Interior)

nd-3-4052 - First tickets sold at the new Canadian National Railways Station, Edmonton, Alberta.

nd-3-4055 - Interior view, Canadian National Railways Station, Edmonton, Alberta. - 1928

1905 and 1928 Stations: Circa 1940s

Peel Prairie Provinces Collection

Image courtesy of Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

EA-10-132 - Edmonton - Looking East from 103 Street - CNR Stations - 1945

1928 Station: Circa 1930s

Peel PC012087 - Canadian Northern Railway's Station, Edmonton, Alberta - ca 1928

Image courtesy of Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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Peel Prairie PrImage courtesy of Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.ovinces Collection

Google Streetview

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1947

Here is the 1928 CNR station again, this time halfway through its lifetime. As, you can seen, the Queen’s Avenue School is right next to it. I went to high school at a school where train tracks were nearby, but not this close! One has to wonder how much of a distraction it must have been to study right next to one of Edmonton’s major rail terminals…

Peel Prairie Provinces Collection

Image courtesy of Peel’s Prairie Provinces, a digital initiative of the University of Alberta Libraries.

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