Friday, 3 April 2015

Ardenode, Alberta

There were a fair number of rail sidings in Alberta that disappeared over time. Technology made a lot of them redundant. Some vanished when the rail line was abandoned. Some of the buildings, such as grain elevators, were moved to new sites or demolished. Some of them did have train stations, it would have been interesting if a few of them could have been preserved. 

Some of the places get the barest of mentions on the internet. Google Maps is interesting as you can type in place names and often get a location. A lot of times the satellite view will show nothing there. If you get a view with enough definition you can see the outline of what once was a settlement. 

Ardenode was a rail siding with a bit of a settlement and from what I could tell from other internet sources there was a abandoned general store. A photo someone posted in a forum showed it still standing in 2007. It is reasonably close so I took a quick drive after work. The general store is still there, unfortunately it is right in someone's yard and I could not get a photo from the road. You can see the old rail line and bridge. I did get to see an old truck though. No idea what it is or the vintage. No closer look was available as it was in another person's yard.


  1. Boy, that tanker sure is an old-timer!

  2. I used to go to the Ardenode store when I was a kid.
    It was owned by a man named "Wilfred" and his mother. They were very nice people.
    Wilfred had a huge collection of grandfather clocks.
    At some point, I remember there being an auction sale to sell all the antique clocks.

    1. Thanks for the info. Appreciate the comment.