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Benalto train station on the move

Employees of Wade’s House Moving and Heavy Hauling work to secure the former Benalto train station to its wheels Tuesday in preparation for its return to Benalto Wednesday.



Employees of Wade’s House Moving and Heavy Hauling work to secure the former Benalto train station to its wheels Tuesday in preparation for its return to Benalto today.

Motorists along Highway 11 west of Red Deer will get to witness the transport of the building, which has for the past 40 years been a house on Garrett and Brenda Cupples family property in the Burnt Lake area just west of the city.

The station, built in 1928 for the Canadian Pacific Railway, will be escorted into the hamlet by Red Deer County peace officers, and flag-bearing members of the Shadow Riders 4-H Club.

Alberta Treasury Branch is sponsoring the welcoming celebration with free hotdogs and soft drinks. The Cupples decided to donate the station back to the hamlet in time for its centennial celebrations next year.