CN Drumheller Subdivision

CN Drumheller Subdivision

On a recent outing to photograph the landscape around Drumheller, Alberta, I took some time to capture scenes along the now abandoned CN Rail Drumheller Subdivision. CN is pulling up these rails over the summer (2014). This area of Alberta has a rich railway and coal mining history, and along with the spectacular topography, it makes for wonderful photographic opportunities.

Switch at Taylor Siding, Alberta

Switch at Taylor Siding, Alberta

Looking SW down the tracks near Wayne

Looking SW down the tracks near Wayne

Bridge near Taylor Siding, Alberta

Bridge near Taylor Siding, Alberta

Enjoy the beautiful Alberta Summer!

Shaun M.

Drumheller Alberta Landscapes

Drumheller Alberta Landscapes

I recently took some time to photograph the landscapes around Drumheller, Alberta. I spent quite a bit of time following the now abandoned CN Drumheller Subdivision from Delia to Rockyford, concentrating on the section from Gartly to Rosebud. I could spend years in that area and never run out of great images, I think. The sky, the light, the history, the artifacts and the landscapes are endlessly inspiring.

Open Alberta Prairie near Gartly, AB

Open Alberta Prairie near Gartly, AB

Morning sun at Gartly, Alberta

Morning sun at Gartly, Alberta

Approaching Storm at Horsethief Canyon

Approaching Storm at Horsethief Canyon

Enjoy the beautiful Alberta Summer!

Shaun M

Wooden Grain Elevators on CN Drumheller

Wooden Grain Elevators on CN Drumheller

I recently took a trip to Drumheller, Alberta area and decided to drive and walk parts of the CN Drumheller Subdivision from Delia to Rockyford. Good timing too, as I understand that CN is removing all the rails on this line from Hanna back to Calgary.

Wooden Grain Elevator at Delia, Alberta

Wooden Grain Elevator at Delia, Alberta

Rosebud, Alberta Grain Elevator

Rosebud, Alberta Grain Elevator

Part of the subdivision near Drumheller goes through the Midland Provincial Park where the Midland Coal Company historical site is located. I certainly hope that at least part of the railway ROW is turned into a walking path. It is a unique and beautiful area of Alberta.

Shaun M

Alberta Big Valley Roundhouse Series

Alberta Big Valley Roundhouse Series

I have added a page with images of sunrise over the Canadian Northern Railway Big Valley Roundhouse: Big Valley Roundhouse Series

Here are a couple of sample images:

Sunrise at Big Valley Roundhouse

Sunrise at Big Valley Roundhouse

Sunrise at Big Valley Roundhouse

Sunrise at Big Valley Roundhouse

Shaun M

The McNab Elevator Project

The McNab Elevator Project

I have added a sub-page showing some of my MF film and digital images of the now demolished (former) Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator at McNab, Alberta:
The McNab Elevator Project

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Shaun Merrigan

L’il Dave’s Gas Station

L’il Dave’s Gas Station

A couple of views of an abandoned filling station (L’il Dave’s Gas Station) in Alberta.

L'il Dave's Gas Station in Alberta

L’il Dave’s Gas Station in Alberta

L'il Dave's Gas Station in Alberta

L’il Dave’s Gas Station in Alberta

Shaun Merrigan

Alberta Prairie Sunrise

Alberta Prairie Sunrise

Here are a couple of Alberta Prairie Sunrise images taken just north of Edmonton. I liked the patterns in wheat and the wisps of morning fog in the first one. In the second shot, the sun was just touching the reeds on the east side of the pond, and also starting to illuminate the canola field in the background. The ducks had all moved off under cover as they usually do.

Sunrise over a wheat field in Central Alberta

Sunrise over a wheat field in Central Alberta

Sunrise over a small pothole pond in Central Alberta

Sunrise over a small pothole pond in Central Alberta

Shaun M.

Views from Island Lake Lodge, British Columbia

Views from Island Lake Lodge, British Columbia

A couple of shots from Island Lake Lodge, British Columbia.

Island Lake, British Columbia

Island Lake, British Columbia

Island Lake, British Columbia

Island Lake, British Columbia

It was a beautiful morning and I had the immediate area to myself for about 45 minutes. As it happened, there was a moose browsing on the large island in the lake; I watched her for a while and then went back to my photography.

Shaun M

Remembering Summer: Sunrise at Waterton Lakes National Park

Remembering Summer: Sunrise at Waterton Lakes National Park

With the latest Spring Storm, and 25cm of new snow, maybe a little reminder of summer would help.
 

 

 

Shaun Merrigan

Winter in Alberta: Elk Island National Park

Winter in Alberta: Elk Island National Park

Elk Island NP