Medicine Hat's train station gained designation and protection as a Heritage Railway Station by the federal government in 1991, however the interior has been modified for continued use. As a kid I had a model station for my train set that resembled this popular early 20th century style. It's the reason this building has always looked iconic in my eyes. I can't help but wonder what a flurry of activity there must have been every time a train rolled into town, especially back in those early years when the railway truly was the lifeline for the community.
|This old gate was removed not long after I shot this picture.|
|Newsstand in the Medicine Hat Train Station ca. 1921|
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In the world of constant change, the bottom two photos of the North end of the station managed to catch a change in progress. Look to the overhead wires - 2 in one shot, 3 in the other. You have the before and after photos of the old rotting cedar telegraph pole being removed in preparation for the demolition of the old gate and its crumbling concrete pillars and retaining wall. A new concrete wall and steel fence now proudly stand guard beside the station. The remaining overhead cables are for the radio antennas on the modern steel radio tower.
Very cool. I didn't realize that. Thanks for the update, Richard.
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