Prince Albert Tales
The last ‘Whale of a Tale,’ noted that the railroad had reached Prince Albert in 1890 and that the government had finally relented to support the building of a railway/traffic bridge ( completed in 1909) connecting the city to rich resources lying north of the river.
My older brother dashed along the tracks yelling, “The Skunk is coming! The Skunk is coming!” We quickly scampered down the track’s grade and hid in the bulrushes along Regina’s Wascana Creek. Soon we heard the rumble of the on coming train - nicknamed - The Skunk. It was one of the diesel trains that a few years earlier had replaced the CPR’s steam locomotives. This new type of train gained its name from the pungent odor that it emitted.
I know, I know! I was to continue the story of ‘The Railroads and Prince Albert,’ but something happened just recently, and it caused me to contemplate writing a different column.