C & E Railway began serving Edmonton and Calgary 125 years ago
Taking a ride on C & E set you back $9.60 and took 20 hours
Something new was rumbling across our landscape 125 years ago. An iron horse.
The ride took 20 hours, but that was considered a rocket compared to the alternative, a dusty week long ride in a stagecoach.
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."
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.
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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