The Didsbury Museum, situated in the Town of Didsbury, Alberta, has been established to tell the story of the founding, settlement and development of the community in and surrounding the Town of Didsbury from the late 1800s to the present.
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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
The idea of forming a model railroad club was presented to local enthusiasts by Gordon Sylvester, who owned a hobby store in Olds at the time. Through Gord's efforts, a permanent location was secured upstairs of the Didsbury Museum, and the members began to organize their efforts to develop the space.

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 new Outdoor Garden Train was launched during Alberta Culture Days in 2020. Located on the east side of the Museum, the Garden Railroad operates year-round (stormy weather notwithstanding). There's a bench perfectly situated, and you can just watch the trains go around and 'round.

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.

Photo courtesy Mountain View Model Railroad Club

Photo courtesy Mountain View Model Railroad Club
The Mountain View Model Railroad Club's members meet twice a month from September through June in the Railroad Room at our Museum.

A great example of some of the train exhibits you'll find at the Didsbury Museum.
McBeth was a settlement located west of Didsbury, and west of the rail crossing at Hwy 766. On our layout, we have created the fictional town of MacBeth at one end to add some detail as the train loops back to Didsbury.

Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management, 2006
The Town of Didsbury donated a J.R. Bunnell Telegraph Key to the Museum, one that was used in the CPR Train Station here. We also have a Telegraph Sender Vibroplex Key. If it weren't for the telegraph bringing news of Western Canada's rich, fertile valleys to newspapers in the East, there's a good chance that the migration westward would have been much slower. The telegraph was essential to the rails as it provided necessary communications. Without this, railroad officials would have had trouble controlling their trains and maximizing efficiency on their lines.

The Didsbury Museum is one of the most loved buildings in town and hosts many signature events in Didsbury. DIDSBURY MUSEUM
2110 - 21 Avenue
Box 1175
Didsbury, Alberta
T0M 0W0
Phone: 403-335-9295

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Tuesday 10 am - 4 pm
Wednesday 10 am - 4 pm
Thursday 10 am - 4 pm
Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
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The Didsbury Museum has been recognized by the Alberta Museums Association. The Didsbury Museum is a non-profit making, permanent institution, in the service of society and its development, and open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits, for the purpose of study, education, and enjoyment, material evidence of people and their environment.     To qualify as a Provincial Historic Resource, historic places like the Didsbury Museum must normally be associated with a significant aspect of Alberta's past and retain the physical site features necessary to convey this significance. Click here to share your experiences on TripAdvisor.

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The Didsbury Museum is owned by the Didsbury & District Historical Society and operated by volunteers.

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