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|Trains, Trains, and More Trains!
In our Railway and Medical Room, you will find a slightly smaller version of what our county looked like before all the towns and communities were incorporated, or had their names changed. Press our special button and watch the train travel around the county!
Your hosts: The Mountain View Model Railroad Club
Working closely with the dedicated preservationists of the Mountain View Model Railroad Club, the Didsbury Museum will help tell the story of the settling of our area communities, led by the Canadian Pacific Railway and Sir John A. Macdonald.
It started with a basic track plan, incorporating a portion of the town facing the railway's right-of-way. The fledgling railroad was showcased during the 2011 Mountain View Arts Festival, and that was the start of what has become one of the most popular exhibits at the Museum.
As the years went by, the exhibit grew to tell the story of the founding of Didsbury, a response to the need for a railway to help populate the west. Railway building had already been active even before the Calgary and Edmonton Railway was built in 1890. Eventually, the C&E Railway line was completed, running between Calgary and Edmonton, helping create many railway towns along the line, including Didsbury. That main artery moved the settlers into the region, but it was also the lifeline to markets for grain.
Thanks to the railway, the early years of Didsbury saw a great increase in the number of settlers, and consequently, businesses sprang up. Members with the Mountain View Model Railroad Club are enthusiastic about keeping the story of the railroad and the settling of the west alive for everyone who visits the Didsbury Museum.
Outdoor Garden Train
The folks with the Railroad Club are happy to show visitors the Outdoor Garden Train in operation. Talk to club members about the building of the original railroad and share in the way of life that still celebrates our country's heritage and history.
If you are interested in model railroading, stop by the Museum or visit them online at www.mvmrc.ca.
The Mountain View Model Railroad Club's members meet twice a month from September through June in the Railroad Room at our Museum.
2110 - 21 Avenue
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$5 per person
|The Didsbury Museum is owned by the Didsbury & District Historical Society and operated by volunteers.|