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The Show Must Go On – Repairing LRT Tracks in Time for Stampede

The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede has been running annually for over 100 years, never missing a show, despite two wars and a depression. A little muddy water wasn’t about to break the tradition in 2013. Well, it was more than a little water. Thanks to the flooding, not only was the entire Stampede Grounds under water, the roads and LRT tracks leading to the site were washed out and badly warped. The City of Calgary knew the show must go on, so the only option was to fix the road and LRT tracks, and fast.

With only two weeks until Stampede Parade Day, this was a tall order, but Jason Ashwin and Collin Phillips stepped up to help get public transit back on the rails. The water had scoured away the track beds, removing the support material, and leaving the tracks completely mangled. Our Transportation team worked 12-hour night shifts with City of Calgary forces as they worked 24 hours a day to repair the track. On July 3, Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi drove a ceremonial CTrain to mark the opening of the tracks, two days before Stampede Parade Day. Mission accomplished.

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