Return of Benalto train station planned for Apr. 23

Return of the Benalto train station to the community has been postponed until Apr. 23. It was originally announced for Mar. 25-29.

Return of the Benalto train station to the community has been postponed until Apr. 23. It was originally announced for Mar. 25-29.

“In mid-April, a qualified crew of volunteers will begin disconnecting utilities in preparation for the move,” said Dave More, Centennial Committee Chair.

Then on Tuesday, Apr. 23rd, local organizations and the community will be cheering the historic station’s return after an absence of 42 years.

It will be placed on a temporary site on 50th Avenue.

Fundraising is ongoing over $30,000 already realized with “support coming from the community and far and wide thanks to people who have personal ties with Benalto.”

Donors are to be recognized by rail-themed silhouettes inside the station, said More.

For instance, donations of $5,000 or more are recognized with a locomotive plaque, $1,000 with a railcar, and smaller donations with various railway signs.

The train station was transformed into a private residence after being removed from Benalto in 1971, and is currently situated in Red Deer County.

Its owners, Garett and Brenda Cupples, are now donating it back to Benalto, just in time for the hamlet’s centennial celebrations next year.

Donations to help fund the move can be made to the Benalto Booster Club Centennial Project, Box 135, Benalto, Alberta, T0M 0H0.

More information may be obtained by contacting fundraising chair Lynne Lawrence at 403-746-5746.

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