Memory Roth, St. Albert Trestle Bridge
24" x 48", Oil on canvas, Not for sale
St. Albert is one of the most beautiful cities I have lived in and because of its age and history I find it inspirational to capture its treasurers and landmarks on canvas. The St. Albert Trestle Bridge, built in 1907, is of a typical prairie railway design like many of its time. It is a 307’ single track, open deck pile trestle made of timber with a 4.5-degree turn. In 1905, the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) reached Edmonton, AB; the following year the owners of the railway approached the Grey Nuns of St. Albert to purchase the land that the trestle and railway stations would be situated on. Bringing the railway further north of Edmonton opened up the area to larger scale farming and the trade of manufactured goods and agriculture products with Central Canada. Over the years some timbers have been replaced and in recent years the bridge has been subjected to fire and vandalism, but it is still used to this very day and considered a favourite landmark.