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Alberta Coal Branch and area, c1964-c78, Lynn Zelmer, photographer

PDF listings, 1 and 2, with contact sheets are also available.Note that some of the images in the PDF listings are not available from this link page. Several were taken by Elmer Holm and are available through his listing, others are (or will be) available from more appropriate listings on this site. Caption information supplied by photographer. E&OE

Original photos have been deposited with the Provincial Archives of Alberta.


link to Coalspur station image

Coalspur, station from west side, 1968


link to Coal Branch Motors image

Coal Branch Motors, Mercoal, likely 9/70


link to Coal Valley image

Coal Valley, looking towards open pit mine, now water-filled, 1970


link to Coal Branch sawmill image

Coal Branch, sawmill. 9/70


Image: CN, 4 outside-braced box cars in work train, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 208372, ex-reefer in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 208372 in work service, Robb. 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 51654, ex-single dome tank car in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 67479, in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 67932, in work service, Robb. 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 67983, in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 68348, in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 69525, bunk car in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 69750, in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 69967, in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN 70139, ex-caboose in work service, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN cars in work train, Robb 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN switch stand, looking north down the Coalspur yard, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN trestle, Converting wooden trestle to steel and concrete on CN mainline west of Edmonton, before 1968 (1 of 3); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN trestle, Converting wooden trestle to steel and concrete on CN mainline west of Edmonton, before 1968 (2 of 3); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN trestle, Converting wooden trestle to steel and concrete on CN mainline west of Edmonton, before 1968 (3 of 3); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN trestle, Steel replacement trestle on CN mainline west of Edmonton, 1968 (1 of 2); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: CN trestle, Steel replacement trestle on CN mainline west of Edmonton, 1968 (2 of 2); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Branch Motors, Mercoal, likely 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Branch, sawmill. 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Branch, sawmill. 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Branch, sawmill. 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Branch, trestle. 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Branch, wooden trestle (near Robb?), 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Branch, wooden trestle deck (near Robb?), 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, coal seam. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, East. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, erosion and gully at edge of overburden pile, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, erosion at base of slag/overburden, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, garbage and overburden piles, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, gullies. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley ,gully. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, likely looking south, along grade towards open pit mine, now waterfilled, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, looking north along grade; new telephone lines runs on poles at edge of trees to left of grade, road beyond, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, looking north from the road/telephone line side of old yard, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, looking south (?) across remains of yard and loading area, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, looking south across abandoned open pit mines and overburden piles, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, looking towards open pit mine, now water-filled, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, looking west across the grade and subsistence, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, looking west across the grade to the road, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, new telephone line, likely looking north, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, North, loading. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, old adit (overgrown), 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, old adit (vertical), 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, old house. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, old yard. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, old yards and loading area, and switchbacks. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, slag heap. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, slag heaps. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, remains of old house, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, weathered timber, 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coal Valley, wild strawberries. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, General Store, now residence, 1966; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, looking north down yard towards station, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, mine buildings/tipple, looking south, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, mine, link and pin coupling on wooden mining wagons, 1966; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, mine, small building and stack of coal wagons, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, mine, wooden mining wagon on mine tracks, 1966; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, miner's shack, 1966; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, roundhouse foundations and pit, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, roundhouse foundations looking towards Coalspur station, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, station, 3/4 view. 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, station from east side, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, station from south side, 1966; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, station from west side, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, station, CN Train Order board, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, weir looking across river to town, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, looking north across the wye towards the Coalspur mine, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Coalspur, semi-abandoned garage, 1966; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Erith Tie, piled ties and lumber, likely 9/70 (also see video); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Erith Tie, sawdust burner, likely 9/70 (also see video); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Erith Tie, sawmill buildings left of burner, likely 9/70 (also see video); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Erith Tie, sawmill buildings right of burner, likely 9/70 (also see video); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mercoal, buildings, likely 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mercoal, house and new caravan, likely 7/90; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mercoal, house, likely 7/90; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mercoal, house, likely 9/70; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mercoal, house ruins. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mercoal, houses. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mercoal, station, likely 9/70 (image reversed); Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mountain Park Branch, End-of-rail, 31.7 miles from Coalspur, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mountain Park Branch, right-of-way, cut along river and bridge; railroad is abandoned but rail not yet lifted.; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Mountain Park Branch, track looking south towards Mountain Park; railroad is abandoned but rail not yet lifted.; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Northern Alberta, farmer's sawmill, end view, c 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Northern Alberta, farmer's sawmill, side view, c 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Northern Alberta, log dump and sawdust burner. [duplicate slide, may be Coal Branch, c1964]; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Northern Alberta, sawdust pile. [duplicate slide, may be Coal Branch, c1964]; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Northern Alberta, sawn lumber grading and sorting table. [duplicate slide, may be Coal Branch, c1964]; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Robb tunnel, 1912 concrete date. 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Robb tunnel, closeup north (?) end, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Robb tunnel, interior. 1970; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Robb tunnel, interior, built 1912, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Robb tunnel, long shot, exterior. 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Robb tunnel, long shot south (?) end showing signs and telltale, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Robb tunnel, medium shot south (?) end showing signs and telltale, 1968; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.
Image: Robb tunnel, on Coal Branch, exterior. 8/66; Lynn Zelmer, photographer.

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