Many towns in Saskatchewan were formed because of the railway. The railway formed the community by establishing the railway, building grain elevators and stations. There are far more towns along railway lines than not. Today, many of the rail lines are gone but you can still find old maps with these rail lines and the old towns, we have a big one hanging on our wall.
Railway stations could vary in size depending on the town. It could be a small building just for parcels and storage or a larger station that would allow people to buy tickets to take the train. I remember my grandma telling me that in order for her to see a movie at the theater which was in the city, she would have to catch the train. It was very common for people to take the train places. Today with everyone having their own vehicles, train travel is not as common so these stations were not needed.
When a station was closed it was eventually sold or demolished. If it was sold, the new owner had to move the station off the railway property. Some stations became homes, others museums and some became community centers. Unfortunately, many were demolished and others were abandoned and eventually suffered the same fate.
In 2010 I visited the Jedburgh station. The station was original, it was never converted into anything else which made it very cool. Unfortunately that was the only time I was able to see it as my return visit in 2012 showed that it was boarded. Years later, while revisiting the area we stopped by the town to find out it was long gone.
Photographs from 2010 (open) + 2012 (boarded)
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The definition of "abandoned"
1. having been deserted or cast off.
Similar: deserted, forsaken, cast aside/off, stranded, rejected, dumped, ditched, unused, disused, neglected, idle, unoccupied, uninhabited
2. unrestrained; uninhibited.
I have been exploring abandoned buildings all over Saskatchewan and beyond since 2007.