Jan 26, 2018

Historic Train Station in Medicine Hat, Alberta

Constructed in 1906, and doubled in size during an upgrade in 1911/12, the train station in Medicine Hat, Alberta is a prominent local landmark. Featuring pronounced gables, sloping eaves, and locally produced red brick, the station is one of Medicine Hat's most distinct and significant historic structures. Although passenger trains no longer stop here, this beautiful train station is still used today by the Canadian Pacific Railway. 

Train Station Medicine Hat AlbertaMedicine 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. 

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta
Soldiers board the train in Medicine Hat ca. 1943
Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta




Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta
Passengers boarding a train in Medicine Hat ca. 1936
Train Station CPR Medicine Hat Alberta


Train Station CPR Medicine Hat Alberta
This old gate was removed not long after I shot this picture. 


Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta
Train Station in Medicine Hat, Alberta ca. 1938
Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta


Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta
Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta
Newsstand in the Medicine Hat Train Station ca. 1921
Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station CPR Medicine Hat Alberta
Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta
Train Station in Medicine Hat, Alberta ca. 1912
Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta

Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta
Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta
Train Station Medicine Hat Alberta



2 comments :

Richard Bergeron said...

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.

Luke Fandrich said...

Very cool. I didn't realize that. Thanks for the update, Richard.