It seems the train tracks are here for good
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 10:28 am
Re: “Train tracks should be relocated,” Letter, July 17
I am sure that Mr. Mayer is well aware that the City of Airdrie is being built around the railway tracks. These tracks were laid or put down starting in April 1890 and finished in August 1891. It was initially called C and E Railway (Calgary and Edmonton).
It was not until Sept. 10, 1909 that Airdrie became a village, population 135. By 1973, Airdrie had a population of 900 people.
The tracks as we know them today are probably on the same road bed as they were built in 1890-91, with the possible exception of elevator spur and possible removal of other spurs.
The siding was located between what is now First Avenue Northwest and extended south to what is now Yankee Valley Blvd. It was relocated to immediately south of Yankee Valley Blvd. to approximately the south end of what is now the Airdrie city limits. This happened about four or so years ago.
I am not sure why this took place, but believe the City and CPR were in agreement to move. I also think that the City put in a dollar value of approximately $1 million plus or minus when this was done.
It is too bad that in early planning the Village, Town and City did not foresee the problems and dollar value that it may create.
To have commercial land in proximity of railway track is fairly normal, but not residential.
Also, I have been told many times by numerous people that land west of the tracks was a slough, up to west of Eight Street Northwest.
How much would it cost to move tracks out of the city and for how long would they remain out of the city?
Since the railway was here first, I doubt they (CPR) would be willing to move the tracks and I doubt that the City of Airdrie would be interested in taking on the expense.
In my early days, somebody told me, that, if you were there first, you owned nine-tenths of the law.
Let us try and put this stuff in perspective, and work with what has now been done.