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Fabyan in Wainwright District, Alberta — Canada’s Prairie Region

The Battle River Trestle

The Trestle

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1. The Battle River Trestle Marker
Inscription.  West of Wainwright the railway met a deep challenge, a glorious valley that was home to the Battle River. In 1907, the concrete footings of the bridge that would span the valley were poured. Farmers and other contractors hauled supplies to the site by wagon from Hardisty. When the railway crept to the eastern side of the valley, supplies could be brought in by rail. The construction site became a community all its own with a store, café, and hospital. When three men working on the trestle drowned after their scow was swamped in mid-stream, their fellow workers erected a cairn in their memory.

The Battle River Trestle, completed on December 10, 1908, is 2775 feet long and stands 195 feet above the river. The high earth fill beyond the west abutment of the steel trestle conceals wooden trestle work built to correct grade elevation.

The first train to cross the trestle was the construction train, bringing supplies for the railway to continue its westward crawl to Edmonton. By November 1909 that part of the line was finished, and trains could travel all the way from Wainwright to Edmonton.

The push across the west proved
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2. The Battle River Trestle
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too much for the Grand Pacific Railway.It declared bankruptcy in 1919, and became part of Canadian National Railway (CNR) in 1923. The tracks through Wainwright became the CNR's main line.

The trestle has remained much as it was when it was completed in 1908. The concrete footings were refaced in the 1940s. In 1981 a new concrete deck for the gravel, called ballast, under the ties was added to the trestle. A full walkway with railing was also added.

(Top) Opening of the Battle River bridge 1909 Glenbow Archives NA-544-12
(Bottom) Steam locomotive on track Battle River Historical Society
Erected by Wainwright – The Way of the West Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is December 10, 1909.
Location. 52° 52.591′ N, 111° 2.908′ W. Marker is in Fabyan, Alberta, in Wainwright District. Marker is on Viewpoint Road, 0.6 kilometers north of Township Road 452 when traveling west. Marker is in the Battle River Trestle viewpoint. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fabyan AB T0B 1B0, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Battle River Trestle
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(here, next to this marker); Wainwright Memorial Clock Tower (approx. 13.5 kilometers away); Wainwright Old Town Hall (approx. 13.6 kilometers away).
Also see . . .  The Battle River Railway Trestle. Drone footage of the trestle. (Exploring with Wade, uploaded March 19, 2021) (Submitted on May 1, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 1, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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