Railway Sand House (Right) & Railway Water Tower (Left)
Railway Sandhouse: Snow, fog, rain, ice and frost can make tracks slippery and dangerous. The steep grades through the Rocky Mountains can also cause a locomotive to lose traction. To give an engine extra traction, sand is blown onto the rails directly in front of the driving wheels. During the 1920s, the Canadian Pacific Railway built this sand tower at the Alyth Yards in Calgary.
Railway Water Tower: Heritage Park's working locomotives, Nos. 2023 and 2024, each have a water tender capacity of 3,000 gallons. Every morning, the engine being used is filled up from this water tower. Heritage Park built this enclosed water tower and tank in 1973 from a 1902 Canadian Pacific Railway plan