Benalto station move rescheduled to Wednesday

The move home of Benalto’s former train station has been rescheduled to Wednesday. The historic train station was to be loaded on a flatbed on Tuesday and hauled from the Burnt Lake area just west of Red Deer.

The move home of Benalto’s former train station has been rescheduled to Wednesday.

The historic train station was to be loaded on a flatbed on Tuesday and hauled from the Burnt Lake area just west of Red Deer.

But the moving company informed organizers responsible for the return of the train station that the move will happen a day later, said Dave More, co-chairman of the Benalto Booster Club and Centennial Committee.

The moving company, Fortis and pilot vehicles are expected to start the haul about 9 a.m.

As the station nears the hamlet, it will be escorted by Red Deer County peace officers and flag-bearing members of the Shadow Riders 4H Club. Alberta Treasury Branch is sponsoring the welcoming celebration with free hotdogs and soft drinks.

Benalto’s 50th Avenue will be blocked during the move and spectators are asked to park on side streets.

Built in 1928 for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the station was moved to the Cupples family’s property more than 40 years ago and was used as a home until recently.

The Cupples decided to donate it to the hamlet in time for its centennial celebrations next year.