CP Rail in Alberta Today
Lambton Park Yard.
Today more than ever, CP Rail System is committed to Alberta.
Before the 1996 headquarters move, the railway employed approximately 3,000 men and women in Alberta, with a total annual payroll of some
$148 million. Total expenditures in the province in 1993, for employment, purchases, capital spending, and taxes, was about $288 million.
In Alberta, CPRS operates on 3,262 km (2,027 miles) of main line and 1,136 km (705 miles) of sidings and yard tracks.
Freight traffic coming into Alberta includes containers full of finished goods, machinery, automobiles, food products, and general
Outbound, there is a variety of grains and numerous agricultural products, petroleum industry products such as sulphur, liquid petroleum
gas, and petrochemicals, lumber, steel products, machinery, food products, and finished goods.
Red Deer Park Yard.
OGDEN SHOPS: Located in southeast Calgary, Ogden is CPRS's only heavy repair and rebuilding shop. Its network of track and
its 10 primary shop buildings cover 64 hectares (158 acres) of land. About 1,000 employees are required at Ogden to perform major repairs
or rebuilds on about 375 diesel locomotives and 3,300 freight cars each year. Ogden's major shops house work areas for locomotives,
traction motors, wheels, generators, air brakes, and work equipment, along with space for painting.
ALYTH DIESEL AND CAR SHOPS: CPRS's main marshalling yard in Western Canada is home to one of the railway's
"one-spot" repair facilities. Here, employees perform minor repairs on locomotives and freight cars.
South Edmonton Park Yard.
ALYTH YARD: CPRS's modern hump yard in Western Canada, covers 69 hectares (170 acres) and has about 120 km (75 miles) of
track. A fully computerized freight car classification system at the yard allows a maximum throughput of 3,000 cars per day. Located just
off the main line, Alyth Yard is the hub of CPRS's operations in Alberta and is the marshalling point for many of the railway's bulk
trains carrying grain, potash, and sulphur. As well, petroleum and chemical products and intermodal traffic are handled in marine and
domestic containers and highway trailers on flatcars.
LAMBTON PARK YARD: The yard is strategically located near Edmonton's petroleum, petrochemical, and heavy industries, to
provide quick and efficient service to area shippers.
SOUTH EDMONTON YARD: Trains outbound from Edmonton are marshalled in this, the largest of CPRS's yards in the city. Here,
inbound trains also are switched for local delivery.
RED DEER YARD: The yard recently has been relocated on the city's western outskirts. As a divisional point between Calgary
and Edmonton, it serves as a gathering point for central Alberta traffic.
Medicine Hat Yard.
LETHBRIDGE YARD: The yard is CPRS's southern Alberta hub for traffic to and from the United States, the Crowsnest Pass area,
Calgary to the north, and Medicine Hat to the east.
MEDICINE HAT YARD: Located just off the main line, Medicine Hat Yard serves local shippers, including substantial amounts of
petrochemical, agricultural, and general merchandise.