British Columbia. Railway point
Canadian National Railway, E of junction of Fraser River and Robson River
53.0139 N 119.1306 W — Map 83E/3 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1989
Official in BCCanada
32 miles west of the Yellowhead Pass on the Canadian National Railway
Mile 50 in Albreda Subdivision (Jasper to Blue River as of 1977)
This railway point appears on:
Pre-emptor’s map Tête Jaune 3H 1923
Hon. George E. Foster
Photo: Libraries and Archives Canada

Hon. George E. Foster
Photo: Libraries and Archives Canada
New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia

This Canadian Northern Railway station was named in the 1920s for senator Sir George Eulas Foster [1847–1931], then Minister of Trade and Commerce. On the eve of the general election in 1917, Foster was struck by a railway engine at Union Station in Toronto and left with a broken shoulder blade, a broken collar bone, and four broken ribs. His determination even as an injured 70-year-old was in evidence as he resumed his duties from his sickbed and returned to the House within months.

Mt. Robson-CNoR
1st location 1915 Renamed Foster
2nd location 1922

Even at an obscure station such as Mt. Robson, BC, train time could be a major event. A trio of adventurers awaits the arrival of the eastbound passenger train; Mt. Robson was a world-famous centre for packing and hiking and for mountaineers seeking to conquer the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. The others, lacking baggage of any kind, could be the family members of a local section crew going into Redpass to shop, or they could be from the Robson Ranch — a resort just down the valley — waiting to exchange mail. Mt. Robson station was originally located about three mile east of here, where the CNoR erected a Type C depot in 1915. A disastrous snow slide on 26 February 1921 covered the tracks just beyond the tram in this photograph, killing three people. As a result, in conjunction with the construction of a snow shed, in 1922 the CNR established a new station at this location, naming it Mt. Robson and re-naming the former point Foster. A Standard Portable Station and a Standard Freight and Passenger Shelter were installed at the new station in 1922. The local operator and a watchman who patrolled the tracks on either side of the new snow shed ensured that the tragic results of the 1921 snowslide would not recur. Still prominent on the Mt. Robson station here is the cantilever bracket for the train-order signal, which has been removed. The Portable Station was removed in the 1940s, leaving only the shelter. Until October 1963, employee operating timetables instructed passenger trains to stop for five minutes to let on-board patrons catch a glimpse of the station’s namesake mountain, to the right and behind the photographer.

— Bohi 2002

  • CN (Canadian National Railway). Transportation planning branch, Edmonton, and historical office, Montréal. 2000
  • Bohi, Charles W., and Kozma, Leslie S. Canadian National’s Western Stations. Don Mills, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2002

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