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    Default CP Rail roundhouse needs to be protected from demolition.

    Now that the CP rail yards are in the process of being shut down I think it is important to protect the roundhouse from demolition. This would be an excellent site for the Alberta Railway Museum to relocate. This location would give the museum much better exposure than where it is located right now. It is also still possible to have the high level streetcar link up with the museum, perhaps even have a steam locomotive chug up and down the high level bridge. There is even enough space to create an Alberta Industrial Museum alongside.


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    Edmonton July 3, 2017 by Thomas Huizinga, on Flickr


    Edmonton July 3, 2017 by Thomas Huizinga, on Flickr


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    Is it a roundhouse or just a locomotive maintenance building.
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    Probably a locomotive maintenance building but it still has a curve to it.
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    A roundhouse has a turntable to turn a train around, 180 degrees.

    https://goo.gl/images/vG6qky
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    Do you have more info on the building? How old is it? Any closeups or inside shots

    I don't see how you can suggest that a steam locomotive could chug up the tracks to the High Level Bridge. The tracks have been ripped up with no plans to replace them.
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    It would have had a turntable if they needed to expand it. The building is made of brick so I guess it was built around 1920 - 40's. The tracks were ripped up but nothing is blocking the right of way.
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    Here is an Edmonton Journal article from January 21, 2015 about the rail yard.

    CP Rail to develop yard south of Whyte Avenue

    "The rail yard itself has some interesting historic buildings that could be incorporated into a really neat mixed residential market district, he said. ďItís a huge space. But until we know more, itís just a dream."

    Read the rest over here:
    http://edmontonjournal.com/business/commercial-real-estate/cp-rail-to-develop-yard-south-of-whyte-avenue
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    Here is the website for the Alberta Railway Museum.

    http://www.albertarailwaymuseum.com
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    The Calder Yards had a roundhouse as shown in this article:

    https://citymuseumedmonton.ca/2014/0...ars-of-calder/
    If you look closely at the image you will see a brick building right behind the round house (where the smoke stack is), that building is still there and visible from 127 Ave. The roundhouse is gone but the turntable still exists, as shown in Google earth.

    You can also see the locomotive maintenance building in the Strathcona Rail Yard on Google earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasH View Post
    Now that the CP rail yards are in the process of being shut down I think it is important to protect the roundhouse from demolition. This would be an excellent site for the Alberta Railway Museum to relocate. This location would give the museum much better exposure than where it is located right now. It is also still possible to have the high level streetcar link up with the museum, perhaps even have a steam locomotive chug up and down the high level bridge. There is even enough space to create an Alberta Industrial Museum alongside.
    Such awesomeness.

    I expect the vast majority of locals are blithely unaware of the Alberta Railway Museum's existence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spill View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasH View Post
    Now that the CP rail yards are in the process of being shut down I think it is important to protect the roundhouse from demolition. This would be an excellent site for the Alberta Railway Museum to relocate. This location would give the museum much better exposure than where it is located right now. It is also still possible to have the high level streetcar link up with the museum, perhaps even have a steam locomotive chug up and down the high level bridge. There is even enough space to create an Alberta Industrial Museum alongside.
    Such awesomeness.

    I expect the vast majority of locals are blithely unaware of the Alberta Railway Museum's existence.
    That would be due to it sitting out in the sticks JUST LIKE OUR AIRPORT!!!
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    The round house has lost several stalls over the years with turn table long since removed. It has a Y for turning locomotives as required.The radial railway folks were told of the building as a connection to the roundhouse for thier streetcars would be a bonus.BTW, downtown had a roundhouse as well...
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