Friday, October 9, 2015

Staff quarters and train post office

Many kinds of railway cars from different eras of the past, are on display at the Alberta Railway Museum. These modest quarters for railway employees look sparse but comfortable.

Furnished as they were when still in use, they give visitors fascinating glimpses of the nation's social history through the vitally important railway era. It's fascinating to see where the various categories train's workers and passengers ate and slept. Equally, it was a shocking to learn that black railway porters, who provided for the sleeping comfort of others, had no beds on the train themselves!

An old mail car is also on display. Once upon a time, you could mail a letter by pushing it through a slot on the train as it stood in the station. The mail was well guarded and sorted between stations.

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