Something new was rumbling across our landscape 125 years ago. An iron horse.
Settlers climbed aboard the C & E Railway for the trek between Edmonton and Calgary.
The ride took 20 hours, but that was considered a rocket compared to the alternative, a dusty week long ride in a stagecoach.
It's the kind of rail yarn tour guide Sylvia Douglas spins tying the old with the new at the C & E Railway Station Museum in Edmonton.
Douglas says the train "brought a lot of people to the area especially during the Yukon Gold Rush in 1897 so it made a huge boom for this area."
Since 1982, the two-storey replica of the station sits at the corner of 86th Avenue and 104th Street in Old Strathcona.
It was modeled after the rail station that was a northern hub in our city from 1891 to 1907.
Douglas says the stations agent's office has also been recreated.
"That's where people could do everything from their travel plans to their banking to their mail service."
So many prospectors and settlers crowded into the tiny waiting room, that in 1907 a bigger station was constructed to accommodate Edmonton's growing population.
That meant the end of the line for the original building.
Members of the volunteer organization Junior League of Edmonton created the replica and runs the museum.
To see more from behind the scenes at The C & E Railway Station Museum watch this week's edition of Our Edmonton.
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