The Hobo Superhighway

A photograph of rusty, abandoned and overgrown railroad tracks vanishing into a horizon of yellow prairie grass with dramatic sky overhead.

A rusty, crumbling railroad track — one of the few remaining sections of the Canadian Pacific Railroad’s abandoned Lomond Subdivision line — vanishes into the prairie grass near Mossleigh, Alberta.

The 235 km branch line that comprised the Suffield and Lomond subdivisions was constructed during the years spanning 1913-1930 and stretched from Suffield in the east to Eltham in the west. It was abandoned in the late 1990s and today survives in fragments only, its level crossings obliterated and vast sections of the line ripped up entirely. The towns that were served by the line have, for the most part, followed suit.


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