The Alberta Coal Branch of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (Canadian National Railway from 1920) runs south-west into the Canadian Rocky Mountains from a point just west of Edson, Alberta.
The area was popular with some Alberta modellers in the 1960s because it was still (just barely) an operational branch with an interesting history -- mining, social and political. The resources here are part of materials collected for the development of a resource kit for Alberta school children. Unfortunately that resource package was never finalised, however the materials formed the basis of a 1997 convention presentation and were subsequently assembled here for web access.
Lynn Zelmer filming on the Alberta Coal Branch c1969 for a planned multimedia teaching resource.
I was born and raised in Calgary and visited the Alberta Coal Branch as a young adult (1966) with another model railroader, returning on a number of other occasions with other friends and colleagues. The Coal Branch was in transition at that point. The old mines (underground and open pit) had essentially closed, their towns were mostly deserted, and only a few carloads of coal a month were being loaded, often using semi-manual technologies. The need for coal had not ceased, however, and leases were being reopened as open pit mines...
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