The Galt Historic Railway Park, collects, preserves, restores, exhibits and interprets artifacts which represent the history and social impact of the “steam” & "coal" eras in southern Alberta, with emphasis on the Galt narrow guage railway system, and the 1890 International Train Station from Coutts, AB / Sweetgrass, MT. The station was built in 1890, and sat half in Canada, and half in the United States and operated as such until the Galt Railway was purchased by the Candian Pacific Railway in 1912. In 1916 the CPR split the station and moved their portion into Alberta where it was used until the late 1960's. The Great Canadian Plains Railway Society was formed in 1998 to save the station from demolition - an site was purchased north of the village of Stirling (in the County of Warner No. 5) in 2000, with the station being moved from Coutts to the new site. The station was restored / rebuilt accordingly to historic photos of what it looked like in 1890.
The station was officially opened up to the public in the fall of 2005. The Great Canadian Plains Railway Society operates the Galt Historic Railway Park, as well as several railway exhibits from that time period - being open every summer to the public.
Hours of Operation:
September 1st to June 31st
(by appointment / special request only)
July 1st - August 31st
(Tuesday to Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m)
Adults – $6
Seniors and Students – $5
Children 10 and under – FREE
Prebooked Groups of 10 or more – $5 each
Father's Day BBQ (Mid-June)
Two Day Railway Camp (Mid-August)
Victorian Priarie Christmas (November 14-16th, 2013)
Photo courtesy of Bill Hillen, June 2012 & Jason Paul Sailer, July 2012