Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Calgary's Heritage Park

My family visited Calgary's Heritage Park back in August 2002. It is quite a place. Think of Kings Landing on steroids. I guess that's not exactly a fair comparison, since Heritage Park has several different eras represented and Kings Landing focuses on one time period, but you get the idea, I hope.

We had a good time there touring the buildings and riding the historic rides, but of course my favourite was the steam train ride. I had never seen a live steam engine before (or since, for that matter) so it was a neat experience. I had a shiny new video camera at that point and I used it to good effect to record the event.

Here it comes to mile 0 at the old station near the entrance of the park.

Next, a ride around the park. Each trip is a turn and a half around the loop. Warning: long video. :)

Finally, after I disembark the train heads out again.


jddc.trains said...

You know, I've lived here for 11 years and I have yet to go. I made a promise to myself to go there this summer, but work got so everwhelming and before you know it I was on holidays. I must go this summer coming. Apparently they have made a bunch of renovations and additions.

Al said...

Thanks Steve - I was happy to see the wigwag operating in the long video. I remember them in Campbellton and Moncton in the late 1960's. I think I saw a comment in AtlanticRails that there were wigwags at the Charlotte and George St crossings in Fredericton.

Nice camera work considering it was your first video camera!

Canadian Train Geek said...

JDDC, you should definitely go. Even without the trains it is an interesting place to visit.

Thanks, Al. We were on a cross-Prairie trip from Calgary to Winnipeg and I made sure we bought the camera before we left. :)