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Shot with a wonderful little Vivitar f/2.8 28mm with an FD conversion adapter :)

 

Creation of the Ogden yards "was easily the most important single contributing factor to economic growth within Calgary before the oil boom of the 1950s," historian Max Foran has written. "With the establishment of the Ogden facilities, Calgary achieved its dream of becoming a major railway centre."

 

Ogden history

 

- CPR chose Calgary over Medicine Hat for a large western facility for steam engine repairs. The shops, comprising 12 buildings, were built in 1912 on 85 hectares.

 

- The shops employed more than 1,400 men in the early part of the century.

 

- During both world wars Ogden shops became a munitions factory, manufacturing heavy naval guns.

 

- The Ogden site was considered one of the most important elements in Calgary's economic development prior to the 1945 oil boom.

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Taken on September 9, 2012