Spring 2011

Photo Finish

1912 CNR train crash

Train Wreck

This is one image from an exhibition titled “Glimpses of the Prairie Provinces from the Golden Age of Postcards.” It’s part of the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library and is on display at the U of A’s Rutherford Library (South) until June 24. The exhibition consists of postcards from the settlement and urbanization of the Canadian Northwest. The complete Prairie Provinces Postcard Collection contains thousands of historic images of the Old West.

This postcard shows a train car hanging precariously off a collapsed Canadian Northern Railway bridge near Saskatoon, SK. Twelve passengers were injured, two seriously, in the accident which happened on March 12, 1912, as the CNR train was en route to Regina, SK. The last cars of the train jumped the track knocking out one span of the bridge, sending the sleeping car, “Kipling,” down onto the ice, 57 feet below.

For more information on the postcard display and other special collections visit the U of A's Library online.